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Please consult our calendar for a complete schedule of the Divine Services celebrated at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church.

Divine Liturgy

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday Feasts at 9:00 a.m.

Weekday Feasts at 8:00 a.m.

Vigil

Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

On the Eve of Weekday and Saturday Feasts at 6:00 p.m.

Confession on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. as well as during and following Vigil

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Sunday February 18th

St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
37th Sunday after Pentecost (Zacchæus Sunday); Tone IVAfterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord✺ Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily († 251)☦️ Repose of Saint Theodosius, Archbishop of Chernigov († 1696)Martyr Theodoula of Anazarbus in Cilicia, and with her Martyrs Helladius, Macarius, Boethus, and Evagrius († c. 304)New Martyr Anthony of AthensHoly Hierarch Polyeuctus, Patriarch of ConstantinopleSpruce (Eletsky) Icon found in Chernigov (1060) and the “In Search of the Perishing (Seeker of the Lost)” Icon of the Mother of God ... See MoreSee Less
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Sunday February 18th

St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
Canon to the Mother of God, Seeker of the LostCanon tone FourOde OneIrmos: I shall open my mouth, and the Spirit will inspire it, and Ishall utter the words of my song to the Queen and Mother, I shall beradiantly keeping feast, and joyfully praising Her wonders. Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Thou of whom Isaiah prophesied, as the living Coal which purged his lips,purify also the faculties of my soul, and Thou who dost raise up thefallen, raise me up to celebrate Thy feast with hymns of thanksgiving.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Thou who dost rescue those perishing on the sea of life, Thou Life-boatof the drowning and quickening Breath of the drowned, Thou Gateway ofrebirth for those long dead in sin, we praise Thy holy icon through whichThou bestowest grace on mankind.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,O Thou who didst intercede for the repentant Theophilus, after he deniedboth Thee and Thy Son, and signed a contract with the devil, Thou whosegreat mercy gives boldness to every sinner who calls on Thee for help, Wepraise Thee and Thy great boldness before Thy Son.Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.The marvel of Thy great mercy, O Mother of God, is beyond ourcomprehension. We seize upon it with great hope, falling down before theeand crying out, O Seeker of the lost, Refuge of sinners, save us!Ode ThreeIrmos: O Mother of God, Thou living and plentiful Fount, give strength tothose united in spiritual fellowship, who sing hymns of praise to Thee:and in Thy divine glory, vouchsafe unto them crowns of glory.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Thou who didst break the chains of him who willingly sold himself to theevil one, and return the contract of him who sold himself, Thou who didsthear his prayer and restore him to blessedness; we acclaim Thee as the return of the prodigal!Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Where there is no grace, how can there be repentance? Wherefore weunderstand that all who return to Christ, receive the heavenly sorrow ofrepentance as a divine gift while still in their sins. Quicken this giftin us also, O Lady, lest we be revealed as charred logs.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,The whole world is now darkened by apostasy and sin, and all men creepupon the earth like the murderer Cain, but Thou, O Lady, hast such greatboldness! Open the doors to repentance and salvation to those who areperishing!Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.God does not desire the death of a sinner, but that he repent and live.Thus when He paid the world's debt by His death on the Cross, LoveIncarnate gave Thee to the apostle of love, as his Mother and the Motherof all who will return to Thy Son.Sedalion,Tone 3 O Thou who art the Hope of the desperate, and the Correction of theerring, seek out all those whom Thy Son's Blood has redeemed, hide usfrom that roaring lion who seeks to devour the souls of men.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now andever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.In Thee, O Mother of God, we place all our hopes, for none do we haveafter God but Thee.Ode FourIrmos: He Who sitteth in glory upon the throne of the Godhead, Jesus thetrue God, is come in a light cloud, and with His pure hand He hath savedthose who cry: Glory to Thy power O Christ!Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Through repentance the Ninevites found great mercy; through repentancethe harlot Rahab became a foremother of God; Through repentance, theProphet David was restored to the grace he lost through adultery andmurder. Wherefore, O Mother, teach us to repent!Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Through repentance, Peter who denied Thy Son, became the chief apostle,and Saul the persecutor became Paul the chosen vessel. Through repentanceZacchaeus the publican attained the kingdom of God. We pray Thee, OMother, grant us such sweet repentance.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,Through repentance, Cyprian the sorcerer, became an arch-shepherdand worthy of a martyr's crown. Through repentance the thief, Moses,stole paradise, and became a wonder-working elder. Through repentance,Thy holy ones, Mary of Egypt, Thaisia, and Pelagia, left harlotry andentered the heavenly bridal chamber. Wherefore, O Mother, grant us suchholy repentance.Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen. Thou only sinless One, Who wast worthy to receive Christ, Thou who artabove angels and men, help us thy children who constantly stumble andwander in distraction.Ode FiveIrmos: The whole world was amazed at Thy divine glory, for Thou O Virginwho hast not known wedlock, hast held in Thy womb the God of all, andhast given birth to an eternal Son, Who granteth peace to all who singThy praises.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!On this bright feast of Thine icon, O Mother, we bring Thee petitions forall those who are lost, that Thou wouldst seek them out and bring themhome, for we know, O Lady, that each lamb returned to the Shepherd bringsThee great joy!Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Have compassion on the youth, on all those brought up in impurity, on allwho are defiled or who defile themselves, and all those who are taughtthat they are beasts. Stay the hand of the suicide, bring hope to thedesperate, healing and soberness to the alcoholic and the addict.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,Heal the wounds of the abused and of the abuser, bring solace to thosewho are in prisons, and new life to those who wait on death's row. Seekout those who are raised in crime, dispel the resentment and bitternessof those destitute and wounded by men or demons.Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.O Thou who art the New Eve, who has crushed the head of the serpent, Thouwho art a Wound to demons, deliver from demonic darkness, those who aredeluded and all who have been exposed to occult arts.Ode SixIrmos: As we celebrate this sacred and solemn feast of the Mother of God,let us come, clapping our hands, O people of the Lord, and give glory toGod who was born of Her.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!O Lady, intercede for those wounded through abortion, through drug abuseduring pregnancy, and on all who have abused or murdered their ownchildren. Remember each young woman who is pressed to do wrong by thosewho should love and protect her.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!O Mother of God, we approach Thee with boldness as Theophilus did: regardnot our prayer as sin. For just as we seek Thine aid for ourselves, webeg for all who have fallen, knowing that we are no better than they.Look with compassion on all who do not know or have forgotten how to say,"Lord have mercy!"Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,Intercede, O Lady, for those who chase pleasure to escape the emptinessin their hearts. Dispel the confusion of all our young: bring them fromfalse knowledge to the fullness of the truth. Change the hearts of theirteachers, parents and guides that they may also find life.Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.Have compassion, Thou Harbor of the storm-tossed, on all students:deliver them from confusion and lead them to the truth. Calm thedisturbed and the agitated. Look upon the troubled, the confused and thedepressed. Strengthen those persecuted for truth and those who hunger forjustice and all in whom the divine image is buried and obscured.Kontakion,Tone 4Thou art a sure Compass to those wandering the trackless wastes of thisworld, * the Mother of all those abandoned and left to perish, * sweetIntercessor for the wronged and embittered heart, * healing Balm to thoseexhausted by sorrows. * Cease not, we beg Thee to implore Thy Son, ourmerciful God * to have compassion on every lost and suffering soul * OSeeker of the lost. Ikos: As the paralytic who was borne of four we come to Thee, our Hope,borne by the grace of the Church to seek Thine aid, and not only that, Obeloved Mother of God, we bear with us those whom we know and those whomwe do not know. We implore Thine aid upon a world in which many areperishing and lost for want of Thy help. We praise and glorify Thycompassion and the wonder-working grace of Thy holy icon and we pray:Thou who dost help us through Thy continual intercession and shelter us,who are worthless, have compassion also on every lost and suffering soul,O Seeker of the lost.Ode SevenIrmos: The Holy Youths bravely trampled upon the threatening fire,preferring not to worship created things rather than the Creator, andthey sang in joy: Blessed art Thou and praised above all, O Lord God ofour Fathers.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!O Thou who art a Mother to orphans, look now upon all the fatherlesschildren in our inner cities, and all of the children of the poor! Bringthem help, O bring them guides and teachers, who will bring them to ThySon. Let Thy grace and intercession be known in their lives, because onlythe grace of God can lift them out of the abyss of misery.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Have compassion, beloved Mother, on all those children who grow upin group homes and foster care, on all who are prevented from knowing thetruth. Have mercy on all who are exposed to corruption and darkness fromtheir infancy. Mother them, O Lady, and bring Thy children home.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,Intercede, O Lady, and be a special Help and Solace to the those abusedor mistreated for their ethnic heritage, for all native peoples, thosetaken into slavery or tortured, persecuted or denied what is necessaryfor life. Bring peace and an end of strife to those ravaged by war, andthose who suffer from the scar of abuse or neglect, whether to themselvesor to their kind, and bring Thy children home to Him in Whom there is noeast or west.Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.Thou who dost bring light to the blind and healing to the sick and theinfirm, peace, sanity and wholeness to the insane, life to the dead, OMother of God, bring Thy light and Thy grace to those who suffer fromdisorders in the senses, communication, memory or understanding. Protectthe simple, the feeble and the innocent. Help the handicapped and all whoby the wisdom of God have impairments that cut them off from the world.Ode EightIrmos: The Offspring of the Theotokos saved the Holy Youths in thefurnace. He Who was then prefigured, hath since been born on earth, andHe gathereth together all the creation to sing: O all ye works of theLord, praise ye the Lord and exalt Him unto the ages.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us! Thy Son sent His servants into the highways and the byways of thisworld, to find the poor, the lost, the destitute, and bring them to Hiswedding feast so that they might all supremely exalt Him unto the ages.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!The Good Shepherd left the ninety and nine to seek the one that was lost,that is the race of man that had fallen from its heavenly home, andthrough Thy prayers, O Mother of God, may each lost sheep be found andpraise and supremely exalt Him unto the ages.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,When Thy Son was hanging on the Cross, Thou wast witness to the greatpromise He made to the repenting thief, who willingly acknowledged hisown sins, and the Divinity of Thy Son, and now he, and many otherrepentant sinners praise the Lord and supremely exalt Him unto the ages.Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.We who are unworthy and wretched, turn also to Thy mighty help andintercession, that we may be set aright. We now, at Thy holy feast, joinin choir with all those who praise the Lord and supremely exalt Him untothe ages.Ode NineIrmos: Let every mortal born on earth carrying his torch in spirit leapfor joy; and let the order of angelic powers celebrate and honor the holyfeast of the Mother of God, and let them cry: Rejoice! O all-blessedTheotokos, pure and Ever-Virgin.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!O Most Pure One, regard not our boldness nor our supplication as sin. Thedarkness of the world increases, and we and those we pray for have suchgreat need of Thy help. We beg Thee, look upon the desperate and bringenlightenment to those confused and darkened by the mind of this world.Stop those who seek to make it easier to kill oneself or another for thesake of convenience and mercy misunderstood.Most holy Theotokos, Seeker of the lost, save us!Awaken the light of conscience in us, O Lady, and in all those who leadand guide and teach, those who make laws or sit in judgment in courts.Help them to dare to turn from the unrighteousness of this world for thesake of Thy Son.Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,O Birth-giving Virgin, receive our prayers as Thy Son didst receive thewidow's mite. Bring us, through Thy prayers, to the heavenly realms, thatwe may praise Thee and Thy Son forever, together with many others whothrough Thine intercession, are delivered from great harm.Both now, and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.Thy holy icon, O Lady, is a source of grace and healing for souls, andgives great boldness to the desperate. Help us, O Lady, who areperishing. Give us strength to endure to the end for the sake of Thy Son,that we may magnify Thee now and unto all ages.It is truly meet to bless Thee, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most immaculate, and Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, thee without corruption gavest birth to God the Word, the very Theotokos, thee do we magnify. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thursday February 15th

St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church- St. Louis, Missouri
The composition of Germanus: Today, Symeon receiveth in his arms the Lord of glory, * Whom Moses beheld before in the darkness, * and Who gave him the tablets on Mount Sinai. * He is the Creator of the law, Who speaketh in the prophets. * He it is Who filleth all with awe, Whom David proclaimeth, * and hath great and rich mercy. The sacred Virgin brought the Sacred One to the high priest in the temple, * and Symeon, stretching forth his hands, received Him, rejoicing, and cried out: * ‘Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Lord, * according to Thy word!’ Today the Creator of heaven and earth * is borne by the holy elder Symeon in his arms; * and through the Holy Spirit he said: * ‘Now have I been set free, * for I have beheld my Saviour!’ ... See MoreSee Less
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Thursday of the 37th Week after Pentecost; Tone III☦️ The Meeting of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ in the TempleNew Martyr Jordan of TrebizondNew Venerable Martyr GabrielIcon of the Mother of God “Softening of evil hearts”Runner installed. Photos by clergy (hence after the service). ... See MoreSee Less
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