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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

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

CATHEDRAL OF SAINT GEORGE OF PHILADELPHIA.

HOLY WEEK  AND EASTER PROGRAM

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS, APRIL 4

Orthros & Divine Liturgy            8:30am - 10:30am

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Orthros & Divine Liturgy            8:45am - 11:45am

The Service of the Bridegroom   6:30pm - 8:15pm

MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 6

The Service of the Bridegroom      6:30pm - 8:15pm

TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 7    

Bridegroom Service & Hymn of Cassia    6:30pm - 8:15pm

WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 8

Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy      8:30am - 10: 30am

The Sacrament of Holy Unction    4:00pm - 5:30pm

The Service of the Bridegroom    6:30pm - 8:15pm

THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 9

Vesperal Divine Liturgy          8:45am - 10:45am

The Holy Passion Service       6:30am - 10:00pm

FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 10

The Hours of Holy Passion      9:00am - 10:30am

Church School Retreat           10:45am - 1:00pm

Entombment of Our Lord (Apokathelosis)     3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Service of the LAMENTATIONS     6:30pm - 10:30pm

SATURDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 11

Divine Liturgy          8:45am - 11:15am

Pre-Easter Service  11:00pm

ANASTASIS (The Holy Resurrection) & Divine Liturgy       Midnight - 2:15am

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 12

Vespers of the Holy Resurrection (AGAPE SERVICE)           12:00pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 (RENEWAL FRIDAY) The life-giving Font of the Theotokos

Orthros & Divine Liturgy       8:30am - 10:30am

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 Saint George the Great Martyr, Feast Eve

Vespers Service & Artoclasia    7:00pm

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 Saint George the Great Martyr, Feast Day

Orthros, Divine Liturgy & Artoclasia    9:45am – 11:00am

ΠΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΜΕΓΑΛΗΣ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΣΧΑ

ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ ΤΟΥ ΛΑΖΑΡΟΥ, 4 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Ο Όρθρος και η Θεία Λειτουργία      8:30π.μ. – 10:30μ.μ

ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΩΝ ΒΑΙΩΝ, 5 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία            8:45π.μ. - 11:45π.μ.

Η Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου               7:00μ.μ. - 8:15μ.μ.

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ, 6 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Η Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου               6:30μ.μ. - 8:15μ.μ.

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΤΡΙΤΗ, 7 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Η Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου και το τροπάριο της Κασσιανής 6:30μ.μ. - 8:15 μ.μ.

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ, 8 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Η Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία       8:30π.μ. - 10:30π.μ.

Το Μυστήριο του Αγίου Ευχελαίου    4:00μ.μ. - 5:30μ.μ.

Η Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου               6:30μ.μ. - 8:15μ.μ.

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΕΜΠΤΗ, 9 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Εσπερινός και Θεία Λειτουργία        8:45π.μ. - 10:45π.μ.

Η Ακολουθία των Παθών               6:30μ.μ. - 10:00μ.μ.

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ, 10 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Η Ακολουθία των Ωρών              9:00π.μ. - 10:30π.μ

Πνευματική Σύναξη Νεολαίας των Κατηχητικών Σχολείων    10:45π.μ. - 1:00μ.μ.

Η Αποκαθήλωσις                       3:00μ.μ. - 5:00μ.μ.

Ο ΕΠΙΤΑΦΙΟΣ ΘΡΗΝΟΣ             6:30μ.μ. - 10:30μ.μ.

ΜΕΓΑ ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟΝ, 11 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Η Θεία Λειτουργία                      9:45π.μ. - 11:15π.μ.

Η πρό Αναστάσιμος Ακολουθία  11:00μ.μ.

Η Α Ν Α Σ Τ Α Σ Ι Σ καί η Θεία Λειτουργία μεσάνυχτα – 2:15 πρωίας

ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΣΧΑ, 12 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

Ο Εσπερινός της ΑΓΑΠΗΣ    12:00μ.μ

ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ, 17 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ Η ζωοδόχος Πηγή

Όρθρος και η Θεία Λειτουργία    8:30π.μ. - 10:30π.μ

ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ, 22 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ Παραμονή εορτής μεγ. Γεωργίου του Τροπαιοφόρου

O Εσπερινός με Αρτοκλασία      7:00μ.μ.

ΠΕΜΠΤΗ, 23 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ Εορτή μεγαλομάρτυρος Γεωργίου του Τροπαιοφόρου

Ο Όρθρος, η Θεία Λειτουργία με Αρτοκλασία    9:45π.μ. – 11:00π.μ.

SAINT GEORGE NAME DAY CELABRATION

March 23, 2015

My Beloved parishioner

On behalf of our Cathedral, and the Parish Council, I would like to extend an invitation to you, and your family, to join our Cathedral, as we will be celebrating our Patron Saint and Great Martyr, George the Tropeophoros. The Vespers with the Artoclasia Service will be on April 22 at 7:00 pm, following by a reception given by members of the Philoptochos Sisterhood, the Myrophorai.

On Monday, April 23th, we will be celebrating the Orthros with the Divine Liturgy, beginning at 8:45 am, following by a small reception given by the Parish Council. We sincerely hope and pray that Your schedule will allow you to be with us on both of these days.

May this season of Holy and Great Lent be filled with the spiritual blessings from on high, and may we journey together to our Lord’s glorious Pascha (Easter) supporting, loving, and praying for each other and for those in need.

In God’s Grace,

Very Reverend, Archimandrite, Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers

Presiding Priest

Dean of the Cathedral