5th Wednesday of Lent
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Strict Fast
Visit the Online Chapel for more daily readings, hymns, a monthly calendar of saints and feasts, and more.
Lenten Prayer Of St. Ephrem The Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our FaithThe Orthodox Church

An ever-growing number of persons from various backgrounds are becoming interested in the Orthodox Church. Learn more»

Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha Website

Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos

A Legacy of Philanthropy — One Woman Asking Another to Care

A Brief History Of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society

The idea of a Philoptochos as a necessary organization of the Greek Orthodox Church structure was initiated by Archbishop Athenagoras in 1931. The Annunciation Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society of Chicago was founded in 1939 when Archbishop Athenagoras requested the existing "Mothers Benevolent Society" became a "Philoptochos." The women accepted the suggestion and elected Mrs. Phyllis Batsakis Deliannis, President of the Mothers' group, to be President of the newly organized Philoptochos.

Over the years our Philoptochos has played a significant role in the welfare of our beloved Annunciation Cathedral, and has made many contributions to the community and across the world. During the early 1940's our Philoptochos — through various fund raising events — helped our Cathedral pay off the mortgage, preventing foreclosure and ensuring our future (as well as leading the redecoration of the Cathedral).

Projects abroad and home

  • During World War II our ladies raised funds for the American Red Cross.
  • Volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.
  • Provided aid to the Battered and Homeless Women of Chicago.
  • Served Greek meals to hospitalized veterans.
  • Participated in the Feed the Hungry Program.
  • Committed to the building of the Greek American Nursing Home.
  • Established several annual events such as the Champagne Lunch and Makaronada Luncheon.
  • Baked desserts and other items for the Cathedral Food Festival and hosted various other Cathedral religious events.
  • Purchased kitchen equipment for the Cathedral and settings for 200 consisting of dishes, glasses, flatware and cabinetry.

Currently

  • We continue to support National and International programs through our National House of Philanthropy as well as many of the programs listed above (and many others).
  • We have sent Funds for Disaster Relief to Greece and the areas of the US affected by natural disasters.
  • We have established our own Children's Fund benefiting children in the Chicago area who are in crisis.
  • And our work goes on! So much to do!

We thank you for your generous support!

All liturgical services are suspended until further notice (livestream only).

Salutations to the Theotokos (Akathist)
Friday, April 3 – 5:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, April 5 – 8:15 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, April 12 – 8:15 AM

Orthros of Great and Holy Tuesday
Monday, April 13 – 7:00 PM

Orthros of Great and Holy Wednesday
Tuesday, April 14 – 7:00 PM

Holy Unction
Wednesday, April 15 – 3:00 PM

Orthros of Great and Holy Thursday
Wednesday, April 15 – 7:00 PM

Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great
Thursday, April 16 – 8:00 AM

Service of the Twelve Gospels
Thursday, April 16 – 6:30 PM

Royal Hours
Friday, April 17 – 9:00 AM

Great Vespers of the Descent from the Cross
Friday, April 17 – 3:00 PM

Orthros of Great and Holy Saturday
Friday, April 17 – 6:30 PM

Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil
Saturday, April 18 – 9:00 AM

Vigil for the Holy Resurrection
Saturday, April 18 – 11:00 PM

+The Resurrection of Our Lord
Sunday, April 19 – 12:00 AM

Paschal Liturgy
Sunday, April 19 – 12:30 AM

Agape Vespers
Sunday, April 19 – 11:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, April 26 – 8:15 AM

Palm Sunday Lunch
Sunday, April 12 – 12:00 AM

Annual Palm Sunday Luncheon
Sunday, April 12 – 11:30 AM

Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale
Sunday, April 12 – 12:00 PM

Cathedral Closed
Monday, April 20 – 12:00 AM