St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
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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. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Κατέλυσας τώ Σταυρώ σου τόν θάνατον· ηνέωξας τώ ληστή τόν Παράδεισον· τών Μυροφόρων τόν θρήνον μετέβαλες· καί τοίς σοίς Αποστόλοις κηρύττειν επέταξας· ότι ανέστης Χριστέ ο Θεός, παρέχων τώ κόσμω τό μέγα έλεος.
Κatelisas to Stavro sou ton thanaton, ineoxas to listi ton Paradison, ton Miroforon ton thrinon metevales, ke tis sis Apostolis kiritin epetaxas, oti anesti Hriste o Theos, parehon to kosmo to mega eleos.
O Lord by Your sacred Cross You abolished death, and granted unto the thief blessed paradise. The Myrrh bearers ceased lamenting and turned to joy. The Apostles did preach the Good News at Your command, that You had risen from the dead O Christ Our God, bestowing Your mercy upon the world evermore.

Apolytikion of Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

With the rivers of your tears you made the barren desert bloom; and with your sights from deep within, you made your labors bear their fruits a hundredfold; and you became a star, illuminating the world by your miracles, O John, our devout father. Intercede with Christ our God, for the salvation of our souls.

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 Plagal Fourth Mode

Τi Ipermaho / stratigo ta nikitiria / Os litrothisa / ton dinon eucharistiria / Anagrafo si polis sou Theotoke/ al’ os ehousa kratos aprosmahiton / Ek pantion me kindinon eleftheroson / Ina krazosi / Here nimfi animfefte.
O Champion General, / I, your City, now inscribe to you, / triumphant anthems / as the tokens of my gratitude, / being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos. / Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, / from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you, / I may cry aloud, rejoice: “O unwedded Bride!”

Kontakion of Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Truly the Lord has set you in the sky of abstinence, as a fixed star giving light to the ends of the world, O John, our teacher and Father.

Saints and Feasts

March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.

March 26

Irenaeus the Hieromartyr of Hungary

March 26

26 Martyrs in Crimea



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 ~ remember to leave your Stewardship envelopes in the basket before going to Sunday School.
  2. Today ~ Coffee and Conversationfor parents of children from birth – 6th grade in the Hellenic Center.
  3. Today ~ Adult Catechism will not be held.
  4. Today ~ MNYMOSINA: MNYMOSINA: 10 years for Amalia Kontras; 6 years for Peter Trakas; TRISAGIA: for Chuck Karikas; for the Trakas and Kacludis families; 30 years for Mary Lovecky; 14 years for Stacy Vrba; 25 years for Manousos Rokakis.
  5. Today ~ 40-day churching for the son of George and Georgann Poulos.
  6. Today ~ Greek School program following Liturgy.
  7. Today ~ Coffee social hosted by Choir with proceeds to benefit Pave the Way Campaign.
  8. Today ~ As we enjoy the coffee hour every Sunday, let us be mindful to clean up after ourselves. Please throw away cups and plates before you leave the hall each Sunday.              
  9. Today ~ 12:00 p.m. GOYAns attend Metropolis Volleyball tournament at Holy Trinity Canton.
  10. Today ~ Palm Sunday Luncheon tickets on sale during coffee social or our website.
  11. Today ~ Luminary sales to remember our loved ones on Holy Friday.  See one of our GOYAs during the coffee social or purchase through our website.    
  12. Today ~ 2:30 p.m. Community Meal at St. Albert’s hosted by our parish. A special tray will be passed for all to offer our support to feed those in need.
  13. Monday ~ 5:30 p.m. Greek School.
  14. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study in Teen Room with Elaine Poulos. “Living the Beatitudes”.
  15. Tuesday ~ 5:30 p.m. Philoptochos baking class making Chocolate Baklava. SPOTS SOLD OUT!
  16. Thursday ~ 7:00 p.m. Bible Study with Frank Chirakos and Father Costas.
  17. Friday ~ Eat Like a Greek II.  Philoptochos will be taking orders for a half or full tray of Pastitsio or Moussaka to be picked up on April 8th.
  18. Friday – Next Sunday ~ GOYAns attend Metropolis Spring Retreat at Camp Nazareth in Mercer PA with George Athanasiou.
  19. Saturday ~ 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Collection of new/gently used furniture, kitchen items, sinks, vanities, etc. to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Items must be clean, usable, and complete. No paint, bedding, or clothing.
  20. Stewardship ~ Thank you to all those who completed and returned their 2017 Stewardship card.
  21. Pave the Way ~ Have you responded to this appeal? Please join those who did and help us reach our goal of a new parking lot.

Upcoming Events in Our Parish – Respond Early

  1. Next Sunday ~Epistle Reading, Hebrews 9:11-14; Gospel, Mark 10:32-45.
  2. Next Sunday ~ TRISAGION: for Leonidas (Louis) Lekas.
  3. Next Sunday ~ 12:00 p.m. Greek Corner meets in Teen Room.
  4. April 3 – 4 ~ 9:00 a.m. Festival baking begins as we make koulourakia. Everyone welcome.
  5. April 4 ~ 6:30 p.m. Philoptochos meeting with guest speaker, Tina Lekas Cowoski.
  6. April 4 ~ 7:00 p.m. Home Committee meeting. We welcome your participation.
  7. April 4 ~ 9:00 p.m. Live Video Cabin Talk for college students with Fr. Nick Halkias, Marina Papofil, and George Athanasiou. Registration required:
  8. April 5 ~ 7:00 p.m. Parish Council monthly meeting.
  9. April 8 ~ GOYA meeting following palm folding.

Lenten Services & Activities

  1. Monday ~ 7:00 p.m. Great Compline Service.
  2. Wednesday ~ 5:00 p.m. Pre-sanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Dinner hosted by Parish Council.
  3. Friday ~ 7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn (if you have not attended any previous services, do so this week).
  4. During Lent, plan to receive the sacrament of Holy Confession. Call Fr. Costas for appointment.
  5. April 5 ~ 11:00 a.m. Pre-sanctified Liturgy at St. Gregory Palamas (depart from Best Buy 9:30 a.m.).
  6. April 8 ~ Lazarus Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy followed by breakfast/palm folding.
  7. April 14 ~ 11:00 a.m. Holy Friday Retreat for students in K – 12th grade. Register on church website or use form in The Messenger.

Events in the Greater Cleveland Area and Beyond…

  1. April 20 ~ 7:00 p.m. Orthodoxy on Tap for Young Adult Orthodox Christians (ages 18 – 35) at Buffalo Wild Wings (724 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland). Guest speaker Fr. Nicholas Mihaly.
  2. April 21 ~ 7:30 p.m. Laugh Out Loud with Basile, Again!” at St. Nicholas Lorain. Call 440.281.9407, 440.667.0062 or email for tickets
  3. April 22 ~ 4:00 p.m. St. Photios Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh PA. Congratulations to John Trihas and Mary Pagonakis, who will represent our parish and will be honored at this year’s banquet.
  4. April 29 ~ 7:00 p.m. Greek Pontian Dance at Annunciation Cleveland.  Contact Julie Tsirambidis (216.276.0530 or Emmanuel Ermidis (216.323.4092) for tickets and information.




    March 5 - April 9, 2017

    March 5 - April 9, 2017

    Luminary Sales ~ remember your loved ones

    March 28, 2017

    March 28, 2017

    Philoptochos baking class - Chocolate Baklava * * SOLD OUT * *

    Eat Like a Greek Two

    Eat Like a Greek Two

    Place your order by March 31, 2017 ~ samples will be available on Sunday, February 26th during coffee social!

    April 1, 2017

    April 1, 2017

    Habitat for Humanity

    April 4, 2017

    April 4, 2017

    Philoptochos Meeting: Plant Based Nutrition ~ What's in it for Me? with Tina Lekas Cowoski

    April 4, 2017

    April 4, 2017

    College Video Cabin Talk

    April 9, 2017

    April 9, 2017

    Palm Sunday Luncheon ~ be sure to purchase your tickets in advance during coffee social or our website

    April 9, 2017

    April 9, 2017

    Easter Bake Sale ~ place your order ahead of time