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

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

SAINT  GEORGE CATHEDRAL

2017 HOLY WEEK AND EASTER LITURGICAL SCHEDULE 

SATURDAY OF LAZARUS, APRIL 8

8:30 am Orthros & Divine Liturgy

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9

8:45 am Orthros & Divine Liturgy

6:30 pm The Service of the Bridegroom

MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 10

8:30 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy

6:30 pm The Service of the Bridegroom

TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 11

8:30 am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy

6:30 pm Bridegroom Service & Hymn of Cassiani

WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 12

8:30am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy

4:00pm The Sacrament of Holy Unction

6:30pm The Service of the Bridegroom

THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 13

8:30 am. Vesperal Divine Liturgy οf St. Basil the Great

6:30 pm The Holy Passion Service

FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 14

9:00 amThe Hours of Holy Passion 

10:45 am Church School Retreat

3:00 pm Entombment of Our Lord (Apokathelosis)

6:30 pm The Service of the LAMENTATIONS

SATURDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 15

8:45 am Divine Liturgy 

11:00 pm Pre-Easter Service

Midnight ANASTASIS (The Holy Resurrection) & Divine Liturgy

PASCHA (EASTER SUNDAY), APRIL 16

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 (RENEWAL FRIDAY) The life-giving Font of the Theotokos

8:30 am Orthros & Divine Liturgy

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Saint George the Great Martyr, Feast Day Eve

6:30 pm Vespers Service

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

8:45 am Orthros & Divine Liturgy 

 

ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΜΕΓΑΛΗΣ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΠΑΣΧΑ 2017

ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ ΤΟΥ ΛΑΖΑΡΟΥ, 8 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

8:30 πμ Ο Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία 

ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΩΝ ΒΑΙΩΝ, 9 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

8:45π.μ.Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία

6:30μ.μ.Η Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ, 10 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

8:30π.μ.Η Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία

6:30 μ.μ Η Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΤΡΙΤΗ, 11 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

8:30 π.μ  Η Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία

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

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ, 12 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

8:30 π.μ.  Η Προηγιασμένη Θεία Λειτουργία

4:00 μ.μ Το Μυστήριο του Αγίου Ευχελαίου 

6:30 μ.μ  Η Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου 

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΕΜΠΤΗ, 13 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

8:30 π.μ Εσπερινός και Θεία Λειτουργία του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου

6:30 μ.μ. Η Ακολουθία των Παθών

ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ, 14 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

9:00 π.μ. Η Ακολουθία των Ωρών

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

3:00 μ.μ Η Αποκαθήλωσης του Κυρίου

6:30 μ.μ Ο ΕΠΙΤΑΦΙΟΣ ΘΡΗΝΟΣ

ΜΕΓΑ ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟΝ, 15 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

8:45 π.μ. Η Θεία Λειτουργία

11:00 μ.μ. Η πρό Αναστάσιμος Ακολουθία

Μεσάνυχτα Η Α Ν Α Σ Τ Α Σ Ι Σ καί η Θεία Λειτουργία

ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΣΧΑ, 16 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ

12:00 μ.μ Ο Εσπερινός της ΑΓΓΑΠΗΣ

ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ, 21 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ Η ζωοδόχος Πηγή

8:30 π.μ.  Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία

ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ, 22 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ Παραμονή εορτής Αγίου Γεωργίου του Τροπαιοφόρου

6:30μ.μ  Ακολουθία του Εσπερινού 

ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ, 23 ΑΠΡΙΛΙΟΥ Εορτή Αγίου Γεωργίου του Τροπαιοφόρου

8:45 π.μ.  Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία

GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY

ΙΕΡΑ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΣ ΝΕΑΣ ΙΕΡΣΕ

                                                             March 1, 2017

 

The Very Reverend and Reverend Clerg 

Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Esteemed Members of the Metropolitan Council,

Esteemed Members of the Parish Councils, Philoptochos Sisterhoods, Faculty and Students of the

Catechetical and Greek Afternoon Schools, Directors and Participants of all Youth Organizations, and

all devout Orthodox Christians of the Greek Orthodox Christians of the Greek Orthodox Communities of the Delaware Valley Region of the

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey 

My Beloved

I pray that my letter finds all of you well as we continue our spiritual journey through Great and Holy Lent.

I am pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 2, 2015 at 1:00pm the Annual Greek Independence Day Parade will be held in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, highlighted by the Presidential Guard of Greece, the EVZONES, who will honor us once again with their presence. The annual parade grants the opportunity for Hellenes and Philhellenes from throughout the Delaware Valley Region to gather together in celebration of the declaration of independence of the great Hellenic Nation from the oppression of the Ottoman Turks

It is truly right for us as faithful Greek Orthodox Christians and proud Greek Americans, and/or Americans of Hellenic Descent to together celebrate with enthusiasm and zeal this most significant day in the history of Greece, the mother of the Sciences and Democracy. Therefore, I encourage all of you to participate in and to proudly lead your beloved Communities in the Annual Greek Independence Day Parade. Let us pack the parade route, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with thousands of proud Greek Americans as we demonstrate to the world the importance of liberty, justice and independence.

Praying that you will be strengthened from above during this most holy time of the year through the intercessions of the Most Holy Theotokos, I rema

                                                           With Paternal Love and Blessings,

E V A N G E L O S

Metropolitan of New Jersey

215 East Grove Street, Westfield, NJ, 07090-1656 • Tel: (908) 301-0500 • Fax: (908) 301-1397 Web: www.nj.goarch.org • E-mail: metropolis@nj.goarch.org