Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-02-23
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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 D – Gus Kallergis, George Loucas, Clay White
LIBRARY GREETERS: Elaine Joaquim, Minerva Ward
PROSFORA: Maria Sikoutis
GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: p. 179, black books
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. (Matins 8:30 a.m.)
MEMORIALS: Presbytera Emilia
Metallinos (2yrs) wife of Fr Peter, mother of Elizabeth and Jack, Marsha Peters
(5yrs), Moskos Peters (29yrs),Georgia Zovaras (18yrs), Constantine Zovaras (10yrs)
parents of Dean and Heidi, Guy Rodin (4yrs) husband of Maria, father of Guy and
April, Kaliope Manuel (5yrs) wife of Jim, twin sister of Katherine Kartalis
COFFEE HOUR: Hosted by their Families and Friends
OE DONUTS WITH DAD, 3rd and 4th Grades: 10:30 a.m.
ORTHODOX FORUM: Dr. Peter Gilbert:  “Noah and the Flood” at 11:30 a.m.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2.

Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.

Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
The Reading is from Matthew 25:31-46

The Lord said, "When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For when one has pity on the poor, he lends to God; and he who gives to the least gives to God--sacrifices spiritually to God an odour of a sweet smell.
St. Cyprian of Carthage
The Lord's Prayer, 33. B#41, p.102, 3rd century


This Week


MON. 2/24
7:30 PM – Gamblers Anonymous
TUES. 2/25
6:30 PM – OPA Dance
WED. 2/26
10:00 AM – St. Makrina Bible Study
4:00 PM – Greek Kindergarten
FRI. 2/28
9:30 AM – Liturgy (St. Kyranna)
5:00 PM - Fish Fry
SAT. 2/29
9:00 AM Greek Preschool/Kindergarten
9:30 AM – Liturgy (Saturday of the Souls)
10:00 AM – Greek School                    .
5:00 PM – Vespers (and Confessions)
6:00 PM – GOYA Annual Basketball Banquet
SUN. 3/1
9:30 AM – Liturgy (Matins 8:10 a.m.)
10:45 AM – Chrismation, Tom Madden
11:00 AM – Game Day (3- 8th grade) and Crafts, Little Saints Reading Club (Pre-K – 2nd grade)
11:30 AM – GOYA Meeting

2/25 Tues: Zip Codes 44056, 44087, 44224, 44236
2/26 Wed.: Zip Code 44022
2/27 Thurs. Zip Code 44094
2/28 Fri.: Zip Codes 44108, 44110, 44117, 44123
Please call the church office at 216-932-3300 to request a specific time frame or to make special arrangements.


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.



Today, 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  


Thank you to all those who donated to Orthodox Education at the speaker luncheon.  Your donations are greatly appreciated!


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 Saturday, March 14 Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh will present “Seven Lessons From The Cross” at our Lenten Retreat from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Registration forms are in the Koinonia, Pangari and entry.  The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Pre-registration (before March 7) for the retreat is $15, free for students.   Please plan to attend. Contact Anna Warren for more information.


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.


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 Wednesday by Noon. Any submissions after that will be included in the bulletin for the following week.


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.


Today at 11:30 am, Dr. Peter Gilbert will speak on "Noah and the Flood".


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.



Feb. 29th - GOYA will 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.

March 1st -  There will be a GOYA Meeting on Sunday, March 1st.

March 11th- GOYA will be hosting the Potluck supper after the Presantified Liturgy.

March 20 – 22nd- 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. C&H carpool.


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. 


In the next few weeks you will begin to see a Cleveland Heights policeman in church every Sunday. This is a move to improve safety, in response to the various attacks on houses of worship around the country and the world. To our knowledge, there is no specific threat to our parish or to any local churches. Feel free to offer feedback to any Parish Council member or to Fr. Stephen.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

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 1st Tone

O God, when You come upon the earth in glory, the whole world will tremble. A river of fire will bring all before Your Judgment Seat and the books will be opened, and everything in secret will become public. At that time, deliver me from the fire which never dies, and enable me to stand by Your right hand, O Judge most just.