Sts. Constantine and Helen Church
Publish Date: 2017-07-23
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Sts. Constantine and Helen Church

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  • Phone:
  • (414) 778-1555
  • Fax:
  • (414) 778-1117
  • Street Address:

  • 2160 N. Wauwatosa Avenue

  • Wauwatosa, WI 53213

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this Sunday!


This week (Mon, July 24th - Fri, July 28th) Nikki will be on vacation.  Vasili Panagopoulos will be assisting in the church office.  


This Sunday

SUNDAY, JULY 23,  2017—7th Sunday of Matthew

APOLYTIKION: Angelic powers were …        Αγγελικαί Δυνάμεις επί το μνήμά σου ....

EPISTLE:  Romans 15:1-7 (pgs. 73-74)     

HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 9:27-35 (pgs. 74-75) 

READER:  Christopulos

ALTAR BOYS: Team B: Teddy C. Anagnostopoulos, Christo Antonopoulos, Yianni Antonopoulos, Angelo Cicatello, George L. Liapis, George P. Liapis, Markos Mamalakis, Dimitri Maniotis, Leonidas Melissourgos, Foti Papageorge, Andrew Roche, Vasili Tsiampas, Joseph VanCleve

USHERS: George Karas, Louie Kostopoulos, James Maholias, Alex Marlis, George Papageorge

PROSPHORON:  Debbie Koutromanos

HOSPITALITY:  Philoptochos

BOOKSTORE: Please call the office to volunteer

SUNDAY, JULY 30,  2017—8th Sunday of Matthew

APOLYTIKION: Thou didst abolish death …                  Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον ....

EPISTLE:  I Corinthians 1:10-17 (pg. 75-76)               

HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 14:14-22 (pg. 76)

READER:  Bob Gountis

ALTAR BOYS: Team A: Andre Acra, Theodore G. Anagnostopoulos, Evan Anagnostopoulos, Nikita Athens, Dino Copoulos, Angelo Gorgolis, Christos Konstantakis, Peter Konstantakis, George Kostopoulos, Christos Lianos, Spiros Limberatos, Makis Limberatos, Dimitri Pandelis, Sam Patterson, Aristotelis & Dimitri Ziogas

USHERS: Stelios Georgakas, Helene Mannino, Tony Nestoras, Kiki Skoufis, George Tsiampas



BOOKSTORE: Please call the office to volunteer



  • This week's events

    July 23 to July 31, 2017

    Sunday, July 23

    7:00AM Prosforon: Debbie Koutromanos

    8:15AM Matins

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Hospitality: Philoptochos

    Monday, July 24

    Nikki's Vacation

    Tuesday, July 25

    Fanari Summer Camp - Week 1

    8:00AM +Mat./D. Liturgy

    Wednesday, July 26

    8:00AM +Mat./D. Liturgy

    Thursday, July 27

    8:00AM +Mat./D. Liturgy

    Friday, July 28

    8:00AM +Mat./D. Liturgy

    Sunday, July 30

    +Memorial: +40-Days Florence Limberatos, 7-Years Angelo Limberatos

    7:00AM Prosforon: Renee Acra

    8:15AM Matins

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Hospitality: Memorials

    Monday, July 31

    Popi's Vacation



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Important Announcement

Lately there has been a lack of consideration and communication in the use of the church facilities.  Please be mindful to return items and the areas you have used to, at least, its prior condition.

We have a multitude of groups that utilize these facilities and a little effort in everyone's part will go a long way in helping maintain a healthy and clean environment for all to enjoy.

Thank you for everything that you do!

Faithful to Relationships



We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team.

Fruits of the Spirit

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.  I Corinthians 16: 13-14


Good morning Prayer Team!

Today we will focus on being faithful in relationships with others.  The first one I’ll mention is the relationship one has with a spouse.  When people come to confession, they often will review a sheet entitled “The Ten Commandments in Preparation for Confession.”  It lists the Ten Commandments and gives examples of each so that one can examine which ones he or she may have broken.  Under the commandment “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” it says “have I been faithful to my spouse?”  Most people will read that question as “have I cheated on my spouse,” and thankfully, most will still say “no, I have not cheated on my spouse,” in the sense of having an affair with someone else.  However, the question is not, “have you cheated” but “have you stayed faithful” to your spouse?  And on closer review, this is something that actually just about every married couple struggles with—staying faithful, staying checked in, staying engaged with your spouse at all times.  For people who have very demanding jobs, or who travel, or who are addicted to work, it’s a challenge to stay faithful.  And the challenge to stay “faithful” includes not only spousal relationships but extends to our relationships with our children, our parents and our close friends. 

Many of us, like me, live far away from parents.  Do we remain faithful to the relationship from a distance?  When a parent is in trouble (i.e. has a medical issue, especially when they are older), do we tend to them more (whether they live in our town or across the country)? 

Same thing with children—are we faithful to our children?  At summer camp recently, I asked a group of teenagers who are the most discouraging voices in their lives and I was surprised and somewhat saddened to hear the answer from some of them is their parents.  I’m only a couple of years away from having a teenager—will that be his answer?  Why would a group of teenagers feel that their greatest critic is their parents?  Perhaps they are lazy and deserve some criticism.  But if there is no advocacy from their parents, where exactly are they supposed to go for foundational encouragement? 

I read somewhere that friends are friends for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  No, not all friends are going to be lifetime friends.  Along the way we will pick up some and some we will let go, sometimes due to falling out of friendship, sometimes because of moving away, etc.  But a good life, in my opinion, needs to have a few friends who go the distance with you.  I can think of three good friends who have been good friends for over a decade.  And these friends are people I check in with often, not because I have to, but because I want to.  These friendships are cultivated and worked at.  That is why they continue to grow and are solid.  We are faithful to them. 

To build authentic relationships with other people—spouses, children, parents and friends—it takes work.  I’ve described relationships like a garden.  First you have to be faithful in keeping the weeds out.  Second you have to be faithful in nurturing the garden with good soil, fertilizer, water and sunlight.  Faithfully giving these things to the garden will make the garden healthy and robust.  Failure to stay faithful to these will make the garden weak and eventually will kill it. 

The things that nurture relationships include time, honesty, safety, respect, trust, patience and forgiveness.  Without these, relationships cannot flourish.  So keep your relationships healthy by showing respect at all times, giving them time, creating an environment where it is safe to be honest, be patient when others don’t match your expectations, forgive easily when things go wrong, and in doing these things, you’ll build trust, which leads to love, which is the first of the Fruits of the Spirit.  The things that nurture relationships apply to marriage, parents, children and good friends, so practice these tips in all of your relationships, so that you can stay faithful in all of them.

Lord, thank You for the relationships I have with other people.  (Mention the people who are most important to you, your spouse, parents, children, friends).  Help me to be faithful in my relationships today.  Help me and my (spouse, parent, child, friend) to nourish an environment that promotes respect, honesty, and safety.  Help us to be patient with one another when we disappoint each other.  Help us to forgive easily.  Help us to build trust, so that we can grow love, and in love may we honor You, our God who loves all.  Amen.

Be faithful (checked in) in your relationships today!


+Fr. Stavros


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    OCN's Children's Word

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    Weekly bulletin for children

    VBS - Registration Form

    VBS - Registration Form

    July 31st to August 3rd - It's that time again! Get ready for fun with your friends while we learn more about our faith! From Monday, July 31st through Thursday, August 3. From 9AM until 12PM. FREE! Snacks Provided! For ages 4-12. Four days filled with Games! Fun! Crafts! Friends! Snacks! Learning! VBS 2017 will focus on the Life of our beloved Panagia. Did you ever wonder WHY she is so special? WHY does she have such a place of honor? And while we are learning fascinating stories about her life and miracles and describing icons....we will be playing games and having fun! Enjoy being with your church friends, building relationships, espressing yourself through crafts and song, develop your faith and make your parents proud! Sign up today! This is a wonderful volunteering opportunity for the whole family...moms, dads, teens....WE WANT YOU! Add your special brand of fun, knowledge and sometimes even silliness!...enjoy a special time teaching and learning with the kids! A wonderful and clear curriculum has already been developed...we will tell you exactly what to do. There is a job for everyone...teachers, storybook readers, singers, crafters, snack set up people, child helpers and more. Sign up to volunteer TODAY! Contact either Presvytera Jennifer at or Marina Huff at

    2017 Scholarship Guide

    2017 Scholarship Guide

    Windy City has compiled this guide of scholarships that are available to Greek Americans. "We’re dedicated to providing resources for our community, and we’re so excited to present Greek American Scholarship Guide 2017. ... Find information here to begin your research and application process. Some deadlines have already passed this year, but later this year, applications for 2018 will be posted. That will give you time to work through this information and determine your own eligibility and what opportunities to pursue. With the ever-increasing cost of college education, we recommend that you apply for as many scholarships as you can – no matter how small. The numbers will add up and every dollar makes a difference. In this guide, find “mini profiles” of scholarship awards of more than $5000. Also find a list of links to other organizations that offer smaller awards. Look for ideas on other places to search for opportunities, as well as tips on applying and winning scholarships. A very special thank you to our sponsors. We’re grateful to The John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation and PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation for their continued support. You’ll learn also more about them in this guide. Dive in! Happy Scholarship Hunting!

    Tosa MidTown Madness 5K Run for Wellness

    Tosa MidTown Madness 5K Run for Wellness

    Saturday, July 22, 2017 Register/Full details:

    Scrip Gift Card Program

    Scrip Gift Card Program

    Take care of all your gift card needs and help raise money for our Church at no additional cost to you!

    St. Photios Essay

    St. Photios Essay

    The Shrine is built in the memory of the Greek Orthodox colonists. Why? Write a 1000-word essay showcasing your understanding of what happened in 1777 to the survivors of the New Smyrna Colony.... Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017 1st Place wins $500 2nd Place wins $250 3rd Place wins $100

    OCWA Retreat

    OCWA Retreat

    September 29 & 30th, 2017 St. Iakovos Retreat Center 10707 224th Ave., Kansasville, WI 53139 Come join us… At a place of faith and fellowship. Rejoice in being surrounded by God’s beauty, and the love of Pan-Orthodox friends. Optional activities include a nature walk, bonfire, and hayride. Guest presenters: Fr. Nikola Radovancevic, from St. Nikola Serbian Orthodox Church in Cudahy Janet Christopulos, of Ss. Constantine & Helen, Wauwatosa Fee: $110 per person Downpayment of $60 per person must be sent in with this form by July 15th. The balance of $50 per person is due by August 15th. Send checks (payable to OCWA) to: Zoki Miskov 10480 W. Palmersheim Drive, Hales Corners, WI 53130 Any Questions? Fay Kolster 414-321-0347 or Three meals will be provided. Sign in begins @ 2pm on Fri., Sept. 29th, 2017. Retreat wraps up @ 2pm on Saturday.

    Family Ministry Conference

    Family Ministry Conference

    September 20-23, 2017


Saints and Feasts

July 23

Icon of the Mother of God

The Icon of the Mother of God "Joy of All That Sorrow" - As with so many other icons of the Theotokos, wonderworking copies of this icon have been found throughout Orthodox Russia, each with its own history and moving collection of miracles. In this icon, the most holy Mother of God is depicted standing full stature sometimes with, sometimes without the Divine Child in her arms; she is surrounded by all manner of the sick and the suffering, to whom Angels of the Lord bear gifts of mercy, consolation, and suitable aid from the most holy Theotokos. The icon "Joy of all that Sorrow" was inspired by the hymn of the same name; see page 222 in Great Compline. Through one copy of this icon, the sister of Patriarch Joachim was healed at the end of the seventeenth century in Moscow, from which time the feast was established. Another copy of the icon was found in Saint Petersburg; on July 23, 1888, during the severe thunderstorm, lightning struck a chapel at a glass factory, burning the interior walls of the church, but leaving the icon unsinged. From the violent disturbance of the air, the icon was knocked to the floor, the poor-box broke open, and twelve copper coins adhered to the icon in various places; afterwards many miracles were worked by the grace of the holy icon.

July 23

7th Sunday of Matthew

July 23

Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

This saint was known for the many miracles he worked and for his apostolic zeal in shepherding the flock of Sinope. He contested for the Faith during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, in the year 102, when he was burned to death in a bath-house. A homily in his honour was composed by Saint John Chrysostom. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Seventh Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 20:1-10

Τῇ δὲ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ ἔρχεται πρωῒ σκοτίας ἔτι οὔσης εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ βλέπει τὸν λίθον ἠρμένον ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου. τρέχει οὖν καὶ ἔρχεται πρὸς Σίμωνα Πέτρον καὶ πρὸς τὸν ἄλλον μαθητὴν ὃν ἐφίλει ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· ἦραν τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου, καὶ οὐκ οἴδαμεν ποῦ ἔθηκαν αὐτόν. ἐξῆλθεν οὖν ὁ Πέτρος καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς καὶ ἤρχοντο εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον. ἔτρεχον δὲ οἱ δύο ὁμοῦ· καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς προέδραμε τάχιον τοῦ Πέτρου καὶ ἦλθε πρῶτος εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ παρακύψας βλέπει κείμενα τὰ ὀθόνια, οὐ μέντοι εἰσῆλθεν. ἔρχεται οὖν Σίμων Πέτρος ἀκολουθῶν αὐτῷ, καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον καὶ θεωρεῖ τὰ ὀθόνια κείμενα, καὶ τὸ σουδάριον, ὃ ἦν ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ, οὐ μετὰ τῶν ὀθονίων κείμενον, ἀλλὰ χωρὶς ἐντετυλιγμένον εἰς ἕνα τόπον. τότε οὖν εἰσῆλθε καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς ὁ ἐλθὼν πρῶτος εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ εἶδε καὶ ἐπίστευσεν· οὐδέπω γὰρ ᾔδεισαν τὴν γραφὴν ὅτι δεῖ αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῆναι. ἀπῆλθον οὖν πάλιν πρὸς ἑαυτοὺς οἱ μαθηταί.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:1-7.

BRETHREN, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς ῾Ρωμαίους 15:1-7.

Ἀδελφοί, ὀφείλομεν δὲ ἡμεῖς οἱ δυνατοὶ τὰ ἀσθενήματα τῶν ἀδυνάτων βαστάζειν, καὶ μὴ ἑαυτοῖς ἀρέσκειν. Ἕκαστος ἡμῶν τῷ πλησίον ἀρεσκέτω εἰς τὸ ἀγαθὸν πρὸς οἰκοδομήν. Καὶ γὰρ ὁ Χριστὸς οὐχ ἑαυτῷ ἤρεσεν, ἀλλά, καθὼς γέγραπται, Οἱ ὀνειδισμοὶ τῶν ὀνειδιζόντων σε ἐπέπεσον ἐπʼ ἐμέ. Ὅσα γὰρ προεγράφη, εἰς τὴν ἡμετέραν διδασκαλίαν προεγράφη, ἵνα διὰ τῆς ὑπομονῆς καὶ διὰ τῆς παρακλήσεως τῶν γραφῶν τὴν ἐλπίδα ἔχωμεν. Ὁ δὲ θεὸς τῆς ὑπομονῆς καὶ τῆς παρακλήσεως δῴη ὑμῖν τὸ αὐτὸ φρονεῖν ἐν ἀλλήλοις κατὰ Χριστὸν Ἰησοῦν· ἵνα ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐν ἑνὶ στόματι δοξάζητε τὸν θεὸν καὶ πατέρα τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. Διὸ προσλαμβάνεσθε ἀλλήλους, καθὼς καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς προσελάβετο ὑμᾶς, εἰς δόξαν θεοῦ.

Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:27-35

At that time, as Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.

7th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 9:27-35

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, παράγοντι ἐκεῖθεν τῷ ᾿Ιησοῦ ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ δύο τυφλοὶ κράζοντες καὶ λέγοντες· ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς, υἱὲ Δαυΐδ. ἐλθόντι δὲ εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ τυφλοί, καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· πιστεύετε ὅτι δύναμαι τοῦτο ποιῆσαι; λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· ναί, Κύριε. τότε ἥψατο τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν αὐτῶν λέγων· κατὰ τὴν πίστιν ὑμῶν γενηθήτω ὑμῖν. καὶ ἀνεῴχθησαν αὐτῶν οἱ ὀφθαλμοί· καὶ ἐνεβριμήσατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς λέγων· ὁρᾶτε μηδεὶς γινωσκέτω. οἱ δὲ ἐξελθόντες διεφήμισαν αὐτὸν ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ γῇ ἐκείνῃ.

Αὐτῶν δὲ ἐξερχομένων ἰδοὺ προσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ ἄνθρωπον κωφὸν δαιμονιζόμενον· καὶ ἐκβληθέντος τοῦ δαιμονίου ἐλάλησεν ὁ κωφός, καὶ ἐθαύμασαν οἱ ὄχλοι λέγοντες ὅτι οὐδέποτε ἐφάνη οὕτως ἐν τῷ ᾿Ισραήλ. οἱ δὲ Φαρισαῖοι ἔλεγον· ἐν τῷ ἄρχοντι τῶν δαιμονίων ἐκβάλλει τὰ δαιμόνια.

Καὶ περιῆγεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τὰς πόλεις πάσας καὶ τὰς κώμας διδάσκων ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς αὐτῶν καὶ κηρύσσων τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς βασιλείας καὶ θεραπεύων πᾶσαν νόσον καὶ πᾶσαν μαλακίαν ἐν τῷ λαῷ.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode

Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Phocas in the Fourth Mode

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Καί τρόπων μέτοχος, καί θρόνων διάδοχος, τών Αποστόλων γενόμενος, τήν πράξιν εύρες Θεόπνευστε, εις θεωρίας επίβασιν, διά τούτο τόν λόγον τής αληθείας ορθοτομών, καί τή πίστει ενήθλησας μέχρις αίματος, Ιερομάρτυς Φωκᾶς, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.

Wisdom of the Fathers

He puts an end to the woman's fear ... He sets her right, in respect of her thinking to be hid ... He exhibits her faith to all, so as to provoke the rest also to emulation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 31 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

And then at last He for His part lays His hand upon them, saying, "According to your faith be it unto you." And this He does to confirm their faith, and to show that they are participators in the good work ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 32 on Matthew 9, 4th Century