Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-01-19
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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 C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
LIBRARY GREETERS: Kathy Bartzis and Elaine Joaquin
PROSFORO: Christina Callos
GOSPEL: Luke 17: 12-19
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 159 in Black Books)
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
MEMORIALS: John Karides (40 days), husband of Anastasia, father of Emmanuel, George, Ted & Bill and for
Richard Hawkins (40 days)
GOYA Brunch: 11:00 a.m.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Ninth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

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 Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."


Wisdom of the Fathers

So in order that we may not destroy the grace that we have received, but preserve it to the end and depart this life in possession of the treasure, there is need of something human, of endeavor on our part. In ordinary affairs it is neither reasonable nor usual for us merely to be content with having received life ... Rather we must seek the means of preserving it.
St. Nicholas Cabasilas
The Life in Christ, The Sixth Book, 1. B#38, p. 159, 14th Century


This Week

Jan. 19

MON. 1/20
7:30PM - Gamblers Anonymous
TUES. 1/21
6:30 - GOYA Boys Basketball
6:30PM - OPA Dance
WED. 1/22
10AM - St. Makrina Bible Study
6:30PM - GOYA Girls Basketball
THUR. 1/23
6:30PM- GOYA Boys Basketball
6:30PM- Parish Council
SAT. 1/25
9:00AM - Greek Preschool/Kindergarten
10:00AM- Greek School
SUN. 1/26
9:30AM - Liturgy
10:45AM - Memorial for Michael Frangos (2 years), loving husband of Fouly Frangos
10:45AM - Little Saints Reading Club
11:00AM - Coffee Hour hosted by Greek School
11:00AM - Philoptochos Meeting 
11:30AM - GOYA Meeting
12:00PM - Baptism: James Pastva


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 19th -- Family Worship-No classes/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.  Godparents or a special person is very welcome to come to class with their student this day.  Little Saints Reading Club will also be offered AND a special speaker from Florida Markella Balasis from the Orthodox Christian Mission Center will be present for class and will also speak at a complimentary lunch following OE, donations appreciated.  Please RSVP to Maria at by Monday, February 3rd, if you plan to stay for the lunch.

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. 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.


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 or email:


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 Sat. March 14th. Father Nicholas
Louh will be the guest speaker at our Lenten Retreat. Schedule, topic details, and
registration forms are available in the church entryway. 



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. 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 1/21-  Zip code 44143 south Highland Road (between Highland & Mayfield Rd)

Wed 1/22- Zip code 44121

Fri 1/24- Zip code 44077, 44057 & 44041

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).


Neo Pan-Orthodox Meetup (ages 21 - 35ish) will be going ax throwing on Saturday, February 1st @ 3:00 p.m. @ 9000 Bank St., Valley View, 44125.  All participants are encouraged to join us in communal prayer afterwards with vespers at Archangel Michael Russian Orthodox Church. Depending on time constraints and interest we can also get dinner after Vespers. RSVP to


Each week the deadline for entries for the
Sunday bulletin will be Tuesday by 3PM. Any submissions after that will be
included in the bulletin for the following week.


St. Demetrios Greek School is offering a Prep Class for the Regents Test.  It will be offered once a week on Thursdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. from January16- June 5 at St. Demetrios, 22909 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River.  Registration cost is $60 and includes instruction and the materials. The test is offered each June and there is no fee to take it.  It is for anyone in Grade 8 (of day school) and above, including college students and even adults. The date of the test is not yet set.

The class is being taught by Mrs Evangelia Koukouras who has taught it in the past, as well as administered the test here in Cleveland for the past 2-3 years.  


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those guarding it became as dead. Mary stood at your grave seeking your pure body. But you stripped the power of Hades, yet were not touched by corruption. You met the virgin and granted her life. O Lord, who

Apolytikion for Macarius the Great of Egypt in the 1st Tone

Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Macarius, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 1st Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.