Welcome to the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Website
Welcome to Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Saint George is an historic Cathedral located in downtown Philadelphia, under the spiritual auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Built by the famous - of his time - architect John Haviland in 1821, served at the beginning, and for almost 100 years, as an Episcopal Church. In 1922 the Church was acquired by the Greek Orthodox Community of Philadelphia for its own spiritual needs, and in few years was elevated to the rank of the Cathedral, by Archbishop Athenagoras of North and South America, and later Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The Cathedral of Saint George is the mother Church of all the seven surrounding newly established Greek Orthodox Communities in the greater Philadelphia area.
For the last 91 years, the Cathedral of Saint George has served not only the Greek-American members, but as well all the faithful members of the Eastern Orthodox jurisdictions in the area, by providing an environment of Orthodox Christian worship, religious learning and Hellenic culture, where traditions are proudly cherished. Over the years the Cathedral’s ministries have grown to include various orders and societies, educational and cultural programs, and a senior living facility - all developed to cultivate fellowship in an Orthodox Christian community. However, the Cathedral’s most important role is the role it has assumed since the time of the Apostles: to belong to the body of Christ, and be a beacon of salvation, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We invite you to explore the Cathedral’s website in the hope that you will learn more about our Orthodox Faith, Hellenic Tradition, and various, Spiritual and Philanthropic (Charitable) Ministries. Please be free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Get involved and help us in sustaining this historic church. Volunteers are always needed, even for only a few hours per month. Please call the church office (contact info) and let us know how you can help.
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them." --Matthew 18:20
"We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere on earth. We cannot describe it to you; we only know that God dwells there among men and that their Service surpasses the worship of all other places..."
In the Orthodox Church, the Eucharist is also known as the Divine Liturgy. The word liturgy means people's work. When an Orthodox attends the Divine Liturgy, it is not as an isolated person who comes simply to hear a sermon. Rather, he comes as a member of the Community of Faith who participates in the very purpose of the Church, which is the Worship of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, the Eucharist is truly the center of the life of the Church and the principal means of spiritual development, both for the individual Christian and the Church as a whole. Not only does the Eucharist embody and express the Christian faith in a unique way, but it also enhances and deepens our faith in the Trinity.
Please join us Sunday mornings, Orthros begins at 8:30, Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00am. Our services are conducted in both Greek and English. We also have Liturgy for various Feast Days during the week as well as Vesper Services. Please contact the parish office for more details.
Upcoming Liturgy Schedule
CHRISTMAS 2016 AND NEW YEAR 2017
Sunday, Dec. 11
11th Sunday of Luke
Christmas Pageant in the Cathedral
8:45 am-11:30am Orthros & Divine Liturgy
Sunday Before Christmas
8:45 am-12:00pm The Orthros & Divine Liturgy with presence of His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey.
Oath o Office of the Hellenic Federation of the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Friday, Dec. 23
8:30-9:30 Royal Hours of Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 24
8:45 am-12:00 pm Orthros & Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Sunday, Dec. 25
THE HOLY NATIVITY OF JESUS CHRIST
8:45am-11:30 am Orthros & Divine Liturgy of Basil the Great
Monday, Dec. 26
Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos with the feast day of St. Stephen the First Martyr
8:30am-10:30am Orthros & Divine Liturgy
Sunday, Jan. 1
Sunday after Christmas (New Year's Day)
The Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ
8:45am-11:30am Orthros & Divine Liturgy of Basil the Great.
Thursday, Jan. 5
Epiphany Day Eve
8:45 am-12:15pm.The Royal Hours of Epiphany Day with the Vespers Service, the Divine Liturgy of Basil the Great and the Blessing of the Holy Water
Friday, January 6
The Epiphany Day8:30am-11:30am Orthros & Divine Liturgy, and Blessing of the Holy Water.
Sunday, January 7
Saint John the Baptist
8:30am-10:30am Orthros & DIvine Liturgy
Sunday, January 8
Sunday after Epiphany Day
8:45am-11:30am Orthros & Divine Liturgy
11th Sunday of Luke; Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople; Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon; Holy Martyrs Ascepsia and Aethal; Holy Martyrs Miracus and Barsabas; Leontios the Righteous of Monemvasia; The Glorious King Nikephoros Phokas