Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-02-02
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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: E. Tsengas, M. Manos, T. Parras
PROSFORA: Maria Gentis & Elenee Raudenbush
GOSPEL: Luke 2:22-40
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (not included in Black Books)
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
40-DAY BLESSING: Elodie Goodwin, daughter of Reena & Jody.
COFFEE HOSTS: the Callos family in memory of George Tomaras (35 years) and John Callos (8 years)


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Luke 1: 46-48.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Verse: For he has regarded the humility of his servant.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 7:7-17.

BRETHREN, it is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him. Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not according to a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Gospel Reading

The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple
The Reading is from Luke 2:22-40

At that time, the parents brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Symeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

"Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel."

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Symeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

The Ancient of Days, who in times past gave Moses the Law on Sinai, appears this day as a babe. As Maker of the Law He fulfills the Law, and according to the Law He is brought into the temple and given over to the Elder.
Festal Menaion. Great Vespers.


This Week


MON. 2/3
6:30PM - GOYA Girls Basketball
7:30PM - Gamblers Anonymous
TUE. 2/4
6:30PM - GOYA Boys Basketball
6:30PM - OPA Dance
WED. 2/5
10:00AM - St. Makrina Bible Study
4:00PM- Greek kindergarten
6:30PM - GOYA Girls Basketball
THUR. 2/6
6:30PM- GOYA Boys Basketball
SAT. 2/8
9:00AM - Greek Preschool/Kindergarten
10:00AM- Greek School
10:00AM- Memorial: Kosta Foradis
5:00PM- Vespers (& Confessions)
9:30AM - Liturgy
10:45AM- Little Saints Reading Club

10:45AM- Memorial service: Harriette (1 yr) & John (5yr) Kappos, and Philip Poulos (1 yr)


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.


February 2nd -- Feast day of the Presentation of Christ into the Temple/DONUTS WITH DAD for 1st/2nd grades AND Clergy visits for 3rd/4th & 5th/6th AND Little Saints Reading Club.

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, if you plan to stay for the lunch by February 3rd. ALL ARE WELCOME!!



Activities for 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.

Zelma George Salvation Army Family Shelter – participate in a cookie craft event with the Zelma George families on Sunday, February 9 @ 6:30 p.m.

 Contact Peter or Denise Poulos at to RSVP for any of these activities or if you have questions.

 “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”  (James 2:18)


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:


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.


Fri 2/7    Zip Code 44122

 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.


Feb. 22nd--A painting activity is being offered for anyone interested in writing their name or any word in Greek lettering on a 12x12 gray board for $16 on February 22nd from 1:15-3:15pm.  Anyone interested please RSVP to Maria Sikoutris by February 12th or for any questions.


Please join us Sunday, February 9th downstairs after Divine Liturgy to hear Markella Balasis, visiting us from Florida, to speak on Answering the Call to Missions.  All are welcome! Please contact Maria at to RSVP by Monday, February 3rd.  A complimentary luncheon will start promptly immediately after the end of Orthodox Education classes. Donations are appreciated.


The Hellenic Preservation Society invites you to see a modern interpretation of  “Antigone” on Saturday, April 4 at 2:30 pm at The Cleveland Play House. Tickets are $15/members | $25/nonmembers. Space is limited. Contact Linda Glynias at 216.469.2663 or for tickets.


Sunday, Feb. 2, 11:30am- Dr. John Collis WILL speak on “Abraham, the Father of Faith”. All are welcome.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Presentation of Our Lord in the 1st Tone

Lady full of grace, rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, for Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness has risen from you and He illumined those in darkness. And you, righteous Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in your embraces the One who liberates our souls and bestows on us the Resurrection.