Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-01-05
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (216) 932-3300
  • Fax:
  • (216) 932-0825
  • Street Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
  • Mailing Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Past Bulletins



PANGARI: Team A: Effie Tsengas, Michael Manos, Tom Parras
GREETERS: Bill & Stella Mavrakis
LIBRARY GREETERS: Pagona Sikoutris and Thean Pelecanos
PROSFORO: Georgia Christides
GOSPEL: Luke 18:18-27
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 157 in Black Books)
COFFEE HOUR: Hosted by Philoptochos


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.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. 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 Second Letter to Timothy 4:5-8.

TIMOTHY, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.

For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Epiphany
The Reading is from Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' John was baptizing in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Repentance is the renewal of baptism and is a contract with God for a fresh start in life.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 5:On Penitence, Paulist Press pg. 121, 6th century


This Week

Jan. 5

MON. 1/6
9:30AM- Liturgy (Epiphany)
6:30PM- GOYA Girls Basketball
7:30PM - Gamblers Annonymous
TUES. 1/7
9:30AM- Liturgy (St. John)
6:30PM - OPA Dance
WED. 1/8
10AM - St. Makrina Bible Study
6:30PM - GOYA Girls Basketball
THURS. 1/9
6:30PM- GOYA Boys Basketball
SAT. 1/11
10:00AM - Greek School
5:00PM - Vespers (& Confessions)
SUN. 1/12
9:30AM - Liturgy
11:00 Little Saints Reading Club

Memorials for Mary Mekedis & Maria Sarris


1) Orthodox Education students & teachers.
2) Elderly & people with disabilities.
3) Parents with infants being carried in arms.
4) The rest of the congregation and visitors wishing to receive will be dismissed row by row from front to back.
Only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive sacraments.


January 12th -- Classes resume, Little Saints Reading Club
January 19th -- Family Worship/GOYA BB Tournament
January 26th -- Little Saints Reading Club
February 2nd -- Feast day of the Presentation of Christ into the Temple/DONUTS WITH DAD for 1st/2nd grades
February 9th -- GODPARENT/SPECIAL PERSON SUNDAY, Little Saints Reading Club AND Special out-of-state speaker Markella Balasis from the Orthodox Christian Mission Center with complimentary lunch to follow.


Activities for January/February 2020
Prayer Team - join the prayer team and keep others in your daily prayers.
(Prayer Requests - If you have any prayer requests for our prayer team, please
send them to
St. Herman's Dinner - volunteer to help serve dinner at St. Herman's
House on Saturday, February 8 @ 5:30 p.m.
Men & Women’s Bible Study – we are starting a new series and also
meeting at a new location this Spring 2020. New series - we will discuss a
different Biblical figure each month. On Wednesday, January 29, from 7 – 8
p.m., come and discuss David, son of Jesse. New location – the Panera Bread
located at 13901 Cedar Road, South Euclid. Come and have fellowship over
food and the Bible.
Zelma George Salvation Army Family Shelter – participate in a cookie
craft event with the Zelma George families on Sunday, February 2 @ 6:30
p.m. Contact Peter or Denise Poulos at to RSVP for any of
these activities or if you have questions.



We are in need of volunteers to host Coffee Hour. Together we can eliminate the coffee hosting challenge. We ask you for two things:1.Channel your Greek filoxenia and take one Sunday in 2020 to host coffee hour.  It can be in memory of your loved ones (and in concert with a memorial) or in honor of a nameday or birthday.  2.  Give Christina permission to add you to the calendar of coffee hosts.  Several Sundays are already booked by our church organizations, but we’ll find one that works for you. Submit your first and second choice, please forward your request to: Christina Callos


On Saturday, March 14, 2020 Fr. Nicholas Louh will be the guest speaker at our Lenten Retreat.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Schedule and topic details will be available soon. 



Everyone is welcome in the Orthodox Church & may receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service, but only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.


All adults working with youth (Orthodox Education teachers and substitutes, GOYA chaperones, basketball coaches, dance instructors, etc.) must complete an online registration form to comply with the new Archdiocese Youth Safety Policy. Contact Costas J. Sarris or Ted Cherpas with any questions. Thank you in advance for your compliance.


Our next St. Kyranna Young Adult Cooking Class is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. @ St. Mary Romanian Cathedral. A parishioner from the community will be teaching us how to make a Romanian dish. Save the date, and see Ted Cherpas with any questions.


1) Sts. Constantine & Helen will be hosting a GOYA basketball tournament the weekend of Jan 17th - 19th. This is a huge undertaking, and lots of volunteer help will be needed. A SignUpGenius is now online; check it out to get involved! See Ted Cherpas with any questions.
2) Our next GOYA meeting will take place Sunday, January 12th at 11:30 a.m. in the alcove. We will also have a post-tournament GOYA meeting on Sunday, January 26th (same time, same place) to review/debrief our tournament. See Ted with any questions.


Mon 1/6- Zip codes 44106 and 44118 within Cleveland Heights

Tue 1/7-  Zip code 44118 within University Heights and South Euclid & Zip code 44120

Wed 1/8- Zip code 44143 north of Highland Road only

Thu 1/9- Zip code 44124- within Lyndhurst and South Euclid only

Fri 1/10-  Zip Code 44139

Please call the church office to request a specific time frame or to make special arrangments.



The congregation is asked to sing together the responses to the litanies after the Great Entrance (pp. 33-37) and after the Holy Anaphora (pp. 51-53).


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal 4th Tone

Your Apostle among the Rulers, St. Constantine, who once beheld in the sky the image of Your Cross, and who like Paul received his calling not from man, once entrusted the Ruling City into Your hand. We entreat You to restore it in peace forever, at the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord who loves humanity. (Copyright Fr. Seraphim Dedes, used by permission. All rights reserved)