St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-09-17
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St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (440) 237-8998
  • Fax:
  • (440) 237-4386
  • Street Address:

  • 4548 Wallings Road

  • North Royalton, OH 44133-3121

Contact Information

Services Schedule


   8:30 AM   Orthros
   9:30 AM   Liturgy



   8:15 AM   Orthros
   9:30 AM   Liturgy

Sunday School begins immediately following Holy Communion September through May

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

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 Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode

Ότε κατήλθες πρός τόν θάνατον, η ζωή η αθάνατος, τότε τόν Άδην ενέκρωσας, τή αστραπή τής Θεότητος· ότε δέ καί τούς τεθνεώτας, εκ τών καταχθονίων ανέστησας, πάσαι αι Δυνάμεις τών επουρανίων εκραύγαζον· Ζωοδότα Χριστέ ο Θεός ημών δόξα Σοι.
Όte katilthes pros ton thanaton, I zoe athanatos, tote ton Adin enekrosas, ti astrapi tis Theotitos. Ote de ke tous tethneotas ek ton katakthonion anestisas, pase e Dinamis ton epuranion ekravgazon. Zoodota Christe o Theos imon doxa Si.
When You descended to the realm of death You as life immortal rendered to Hades a mortal blow by Your all radiant divinity. And when You from infernal depths and the darkness below did raise the dead all the hosts of heaven’s powers did proclaim and cry out O life giving Christ and our God we give glory.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Mode

Save, O Lord, Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting victory to the faithful over the enemy, and by Your Cross protecting Your commonwealth.

Hymn of Church in the First Mode

Ethnon se kirika ke fostira trismegiston, / Athineon didaskalon ekoumenis aglaisma, / efrosinos gereromen / tous agonas timomen ke tas vasanous thia Christon, / to septon sou martirion, / Agie Pavle Apostole, / presveve Christo to Theo, / sothine tas psichas imon.
O preacher to the gentiles and thrice grandest shining star, / the Athenians’ teacher and the universe’s ornament, / we joyously honor you. / We pay homage to the struggles that you had/for the sake of Christ, / and your dignified martyrdom, / Holy and glorious Apostle Paul, / intercede with Christ our God, / entreating Him to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

You who were lifted on the cross voluntarily, / O Christ our God, bestow Your tender compassions / upon Your new community to which You gave Your name. / Cause our faithful emperors to be glad in Your power, / granting them the victories against their adversaries. / And for an ally, Lord, may they have You, / peace as their armor, the trophy invincible.

Saints and Feasts

September 17

Sunday after Holy Cross

September 17

Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love

These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Faith about the year 126, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest. Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters' sufferings, she is also counted a martyr. The name Sophia means "wisdom" in Greek; as for her daughters' names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.

September 17

Herakleides & Myron, Bishops of Crete

September 17

Afterfeast of the Holy Cross



This Weeks Announcements

  • We extend greetings and a warm welcome to all visitors worshipping with us today. Please fill out a“visitor information card” located in the narthex and hand to one of the greeters. Following the Liturgy, please join us in our social hall for the coffee social.

  • Holy Communion in our Church is offered only to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through the disciplines of our faith. Speak to Fr. Costas for further details.

We kindly ask everyone to Please silence cell phones and pagers while in Church

  1. Today ~ Please note, as we started two weeks ago, the tray collection will take place after the consecration and before the sermon is given. As we do every year on the Sunday following the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Philoptochos will pass a special tray for our seminary. Checks can be made out to St. Paul Philoptochos, c/o Holy Cross.
  2. Today ~ following the sermon, Fr. Costas will invite the GOYA officers to come forth to receive the oath of office.
  3. Today ~ Choir hosts Loukoumades Sunday.
  4. Today ~ 12:45 p.m. St. Paul Senior Hellenic Dancers perform at Strongsville International Day at the Chalet in the Metro Parks in Strongsville.
  5. Today ~ 3:00 p.m. Youth family picnic at Richfield Woods Park in Richfield OH. RSVP through our website. A JOY and GOYA meeting will also take place as we begin another year.
  6. Monday ~ 5:30 p.m. Greek School.
  7. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study Group with Elaine Poulos.
  8. Wednesday ~ 7:00 p.m. beginning the video series GRIEF SHARE and discussion. Please call the office or visit our website to sign up if you plan attend. Invite a friend from one of the other churches.
  9. Thursday ~ 9:15 a.m. Senior Fellowship meets at Seven Hills Kmart for Amish Country and Annunciation Akron festival trip.  RSVP to Helen Dadas, Maria Regan, or Sophie Steffas.
  10. Thursday ~ 7:00 p.m. continuing the video series JOURNEY TO FULLNESS and discussion instead of the regular bible study. Come to as many of these sessions as you can.
  11. Parking lot construction continues. The main entrance will be closed off. What was the exit lane will now serve as both the entrance and exit lane. A limited number of HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACES will be provided on the grass, on your left as you enter the church property. Drop off area will be by the door near the bishop’s throne, then people can walk on the sidewalk along the front of the church and enter through the main doors. Everyone else can park behind the church by the deck. Take the steps up the deck and enter through the main doors, or you can come through the kitchen. Please be very patient and very careful through these upcoming weeks of construction.     

Upcoming Events in Our Parish – Respond Early

  1. Next Sunday ~Epistle Reading, II Timothy 3:10-15; Gospel, Luke 5:1-11.
  2. Next Sunday ~ TRISAGION: 14 years for Nicholas Xenikos.
  3. Next Sunday ~ Coffee social hosted by St. Mary of Egypt.
  4. September 25 ~ 5:30 p.m. Philoptochos Baking Class. Learn how to make galactobouriko.
  5. September 28 ~ 10:00 a.m. Afghan Workshop in the teen room.  Everyone invited!
  6. September 30 ~ 8:00 a.m. Philoptochos invites you to Race for Ronald with proceeds to benefit St Paul Ladies Philoptochos and Ronald McDonald House. For more information and to register, go to
  7. October 8 ~ 5:00 p.m. Stewardship Committee sponsors Community Clambake ($35/person). Tickets available during coffee social or the website.  Complimentary bonfire for the youth.

Events in the Greater Cleveland Area and Beyond…

  1. Thursday ~ 6:30 p.m. Orthodoxy on Tap for Young Adults 18 – 35 at Happy Dog in Lakewood.
  2. Thursday – Next Sunday ~ Annunciation Akron Greek Festival.
  3. Next Sunday ~ 2:00 p.m. Collis Lecture Series presents Dr. J. Michael Padget The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early 5th Century BC. FREE; reservations required. Reserve by calling 216.421.7350.
  4. September 28 – 30 ~ Metropolis Clergy-Laity at Annunciation Columbus.