Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-02-16
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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



ACOLYTES: Teams A and B
PANGARI: Team C - C. Tsatiris, G. Stamatis, B. Chevako
LIBRARY GREETERS: Pagona Sikoutris & Cathy Bartzis
PROSFORA: Maria Gentis & Elenee Raudenbush
GOSPEL: Luke 15:11-32
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: p. 175, black books
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
MEMORIAL: June Nipros (1 yr), Mother of Charlaine Presern and Charles Nipros; Martha Mamos
COFFEE HOUR: Sts Constantine & Helen Foundation and the Family and Friends of June Nipros
ORTHODOX FORUM: Dr. Michael Manos- "Discernment in the Modern World"

Today is FOUNDATION SUNDAY in which we honor the ministry of the Saints Constantine & Helen Foundation in support of our Cathedral.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 2nd Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ...
St. John Chrysostom


This Week


MON. 2/17
7:30PM - Gamblers Anonymous
TUE. 2/18
6:30PM - OPA Dance
WED. 2/19
10:00AM - St. Makrina Bible Study
4:00PM- Greek Kindergarten
6:30PM - GOYA Girls & Jr. Boys Scrimmage
FRI 2/21
7:00PM- St. Kyranna Cooking Class (see Young Adult below)
SAT. 2/22
9:00AM - Greek Preschool/Kindergarten
9:30AM - Liturgy (Saturday of the Souls)
10:00AM- Greek School
5:00PM- Vespers (and Confessions)
SUN. 2/23
9:30AM - Liturgy
10:45AM- Memorials: Presbytera Emilia Metallinos (2 years), Guy Rodon (4 years), Marsha Peters (5 years), Kaliope Manuel (5 years)


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.


Feb. 16th -- Clergy visits for 1st/2nd & 7th/8th grades
Feb. 23rd -- DONUTS WITH DAD for 3rd/4th grades, clergy visits for PreK & Kin. AND Little Saints Reading Club
March 1st -- GAME DAY for 3rd-8th; CRAFT/GAME DAY for PreK-2nd AND Little Saints Reading Club
March 8th -- Sunday of Orthodoxy Icon Procession for PreK-6th grades
March 15th -- Parish Oratorical Festival for 4th-12th grades; the Elementary Division may speak on any church topic with no time limit, but both the Junior Division (7th-9th) and the Senior Division (10th-12th) will be judged and have specific topics to pick from found on the Archdiocese website at Details will be forthcoming.


Activities for February/March 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 Sunday, March 29 @ 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, February 26, from 7 – 8 p.m., come and discuss the following Bible Verses about David, son of Jesse -- 1 Kingdoms/Samuel Chapter 17, Verses 1-33 (the story of Goliath) and 2 Kingdoms/Samuel Chapter 11, Verses 1-27 (the story of Bathsheba).  New location – the Panera Bread located at 13901 Cedar Road, South Euclid. Come and have fellowship over food and the Bible.

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:  Get on the calendar for hosting coffee and keeping this beautiful tradition of our church going.  June 7, July 5, 12, 26, all of August, September, October 11 and October18, and November 15, 22, and 29 are open.  Host coffee in memory of your loved ones or in honor of your family's birthdays, anniversary, or namedays.  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 (ages 21 - 35ish) 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. RSVP to Ted at <>.


Tues. Feb 18 - Zip Codes 44023
Wed Feb 19 - Zip Codes 44067, 44125, 44131, 44137, 44141, 44146
Fri. Feb. 21 - Zip Codes 44202  
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).


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. See flyer at the church back door entrance.  Anyone interested please RSVP to Maria Sikoutris at by an extended deadline of no later than February 15th or for any questions.


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.


On Feb. 16 Dr. Michael Manos will speak on Discernment in the Modern World.


Calling all Chiotes! We are excited to bring Chios to Ohio by hosting the 65th National Chian Convention in Cleveland, Ohio from October 9th-12th. If you are interested in helping, joining a committee, or to learn more please call: Kosta Almiroudis: 216.970.1413, Kelli Almiroudis: 216.798.6150, Despina Matheos: 440.309.6752 or Peggy Kachevas: 440.554.0425.



1) GOYA will have its annual "Boys vs Jr. Girls" scrimmage on Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. GOYA will also have its annual end-of-basketball "banquet" on Saturday, February 29th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. See Ted with any questions about either event.
2) The GOYA Spring Retreat at Camp Nazareth will take place March 20th - 22nd. The speaker and theme are still TBA, but save the dates from now. Questions about the retreat may go to our Metropolis Camping Ministry Coordinator, Marina Papafil, at <>. Contact Ted for details about a St. Cons carpool. 


Our next HOPE/JOY field trip (kindergarten - 6th grade) will take place on Monday, February 17th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. to Adrenaline Monkey Indoor Adventure Center. Tickets will be $10.00 per student. RSVP by contacting Ted no later than Wednesday, February 12th.



The annual Pan-Orthodox Vespers celebration will take place at St. Demetrios Church on Sunday, March 8, 5:00 PM. Sponsor donations are appreciated; forms available at the Pangari. 


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 2nd Tone

When you descended into death, O life immortal, you destroyed Hades with the splendor of your divinity, and when you raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers shouted: O giver of life, Christ our God, glory to you.

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 3rd Tone

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."