Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-01-12
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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

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PANGARI: Team B: Marguarite Stephanopulos, Jason Berry, Costa Sarris
LIBRARY GREETERS: Rosemarie Paliobeis, Minerva Ward
GOSPEL: Luke 18:18-27
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 157 in Black Books)
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
MEMORIAL: Mary Mekedis (40 days), wife of the late Alex P, mother to Laura Kappos
(husband George), devoted Yiayia and Great-Yiayia
MEMORIAL: Maria Michael Sarris(2 yrs)
COFFEE HOUR: Kappos & Sarris families


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eighth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:11-18

At that time, Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that He had said these things to her.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13.

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when ye assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith.
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Epistle to the Ephesians Ch. 13, 2nd century


This Week

Jan. 12

MON. 1/13
6:30PM- GOYA Girls Basketball
7:30PM - Gamblers Anonymous
TUES. 1/14
6:30 - GOYA Boys Basketball
6:30PM - OPA Dance
WED. 1/15
10AM - St. Makrina Bible Study
6:30PM - GOYA Girls Basketball
FRI. 1/17
GOYA Tournament
SAT. 1/18
GOYA Tourament
7:00PM - Vespers (please note the special time)
SUN. 1/19
9:30AM - Liturgy
11:00 - GOYA Brunch



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.

News from ZOE for Life!®

On Sunday, January 19th, at 6:00, we are hosting a Prayer for the Unborn, at St. Matthew’s Orthodox Church in North Royalton, OH. We pray not only for those in the womb, but their parents as well. His Grace, Bishop Anthony of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, will lead us in prayer and share his thoughts. It would be great if you could join us!

Bishop Paul of the Orthodox Church in America will be likewise praying with us from Chicago on the same day and at the same time at SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge!

Also, on Thursday January 23rd, we are traveling to Washington, DC, for the March for Life. We will spend the night, join the march on Friday, and return that evening. We hope you are able to travel with us. A free will offering will be accepted to defray expenses.


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. See the SignUpGenius at: <> to get involved! Contact Ted 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.


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 1 @ 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. 


Coffee Hosting Opportunities:  If you love coffee hour and partake of it on a regular basis, you still have the chance to sign up and do your part in keeping it going.  Here is what is not filled yet:  the middle two Sundays in May, first Sunday of June, and the rest of the year with a couple of exceptions.  See Christina Callos to sign up for your Sunday. 


Thank you to everyone who donated gifts for the residents of the Zelma George Shelter.  As a result of your generous gifts and donations, over 80 children and their parents received Christmas gifts at the party hosted by Philoptochos.


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 will be Friday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. @ St. Mary Romanian Cathedral (3256 Warren Rd, Cleveland, 44111). 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.


Tue 1/14-  Zip code 44124 within Mayfield Hts., south of Mayfield Road

Wed 1/15- Zip code 44124 within Mayfield Hts., north of Mayfield Road

Thu 1/16- Zip code 44124- within Pepperpike

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


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

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us, the faithful, give praise and worship to the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit and born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of his own will he mounted the cross in the flesh, suffered death, and raised the dead by his glorious resurrecti

Apolytikion for Theophany Afterfeast in the 1st Tone

When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.

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)

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: "You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light."