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Welcome to the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Website

Welcome to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. St. George is a historical church located in downtown Philadelphia. Built by the famed architect John Haviland in 1821, the church was purchased by the Greek Orthodox Kathedrikos of St. George in 1922.

For the last 91 years, St. George has served its community by being a place of Orthodox worship, religious learning and Hellenic culture where traditions are proudly cherished. Over the years the church’s ministry has 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, St. George Cathedral’s most important role is the role it has fulfilled since its founding: to be the body of Christ on earth and a beacon of salvation.

We invite you to explore our website in the hope that you will learn more about Orthodoxy, our Cathedral and our Ministries. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Get Involved

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.


Services Schedule

"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

 

HOLY AND GREAT WEEK  AND SACRED PASHA 2014

Sun. April, 12               The Saturday of Saint Lazarus the Just

                                    8:30 a.m. Orthro

                                    10:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

                        ----      Lenten breakfast offered and the folding of the palms into crosses for Palm         Sunday ( we need your help)!

Sun. April, 13               Palm Sunday

                                    8:30 a.m. Orthros

                                    10:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

                        ----      The blessing and distribution of the palms.

                        ----      Tradional Palm Sunday luncheon in community hall; all proceeds to benefit the        Cathedral’s restoration.

                        ----      7:00 p.m. The Nymphios  Service.

Mon. April, 14 Holy and Great Monday.

                                    9:00 a.m. 9th Hour and Presanctified  Divine Liturgy.

                        ----      7:00 p.m. The Nymphios  Service.

Tue. April, 15               Holy and Great Tuesday

                                    9:00 a.m. 9th Hour and Presanctified  Divine Liturgy.

                        ----      7:00 p.m. The Nymphios  Service.

Wed. April, 16             Holy and Great Wednesday

                                    9:00 a.m. Presanctified  Divine Liturgy.

                                    2:00 p.m.The First  Holy Eucheleon Service

                                    7:00 p.m. Holy Eucheleon Service

Thu. April, 17               Holy and Great Thursday

                                 7:00 p.m. The Holy Passion Service, Reading of the Twelve Gospel and     Procession of the Holy Cross.

Fri. April, 18                Holy and Great Friday

                                    9:00 a.m. The Royal Hours.

                                    3:00 p.m. The Apokathelosis    Service.

                               7:00 p.m. The Lamentations Service and Procession of the Epitaphios

Sat. April, 19                The Holy and Great Saturday

                                    8:30 a.m. The Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great.

                                    11:00 p.m. The Holy Vigil Service for the Resurrection.

                                    12:00 midnight the Resurrection Service,  the Paschal Orthros and                                                         Paschal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

                                    The blessing distribution of the Red Paschal Eggs.

Sun. April, 20               Holy and Sacred Pascha.

                                    12:00 noon  The Agape Great Vespers.

                                    CHRIST IS RISEN ! CHRISTOS ANESTI!

BRIGHT WEEK  ( EASTER WEEK – DIAKAINISIMOS)

                        Bright Week: Monday, April 16-Saturday, April 21 is totally Fast Free.

Tue. April, 22               7:00 p.m. The celebration of the Great Vespers of St. George the

                                  Great Martyr   and Trophy-bearer, the Patron Saint of our Cathedral.

                        ----      Icon Procession and Artoclasia.

                        ----      A reception to follow in the community center.

Wed. April, 23             The Feast Day of Saint George the Great Martyr and Trophy-bearer

                                    8:30 a.m. Orthros

                                    10:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

                        ----      Artoclasia offered.

                        ----      Complimentary luncheon to follow in the community hall.

Fri. April, 25                The Feast of the Zoodochos Peghe.

                                    8:30 a.m. Orthros

                                    10:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

Sat. April, 26                1:00 p.m. The celebration of Brown/Tsirikos Family Baptism

                    8:00 p.m. The Annual Dinner Dance in the community center

Sun. April, 27          The Second Sunday of Pascha. The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

                                    8:30 a.m. Orthros

                                    10:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

                        ----      3:00 p.m. The celebration of the Spiros Kontostergios Family                                              Baptism.