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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-05-03
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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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Today

May 3, 2020

SUNDAY of MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN 
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PROSFORA: Kimberley Bambakidis
EPISTLE READING: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7
GOSPEL: Mark 15:43-47, 16:1-8 (Greek text, p. 66, black books)
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.


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 Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7.

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 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 anyone, for they were afraid.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

The second [Sunday after Pascha] is dedicated to the women who visited the tomb of Christ, hoping to anoint his body with myrrh, but they found an empty tomb instead. In many ways, this reflects the content of every Sunday and every Divine Liturgy: we come to church to celebrate the sacrifice of Christ, which takes place on the altar, a symbol of the tomb of Christ. Our testimony, every time, is that the tomb is empty, a reflection of the revelation to the Myrrh bearers.
Rev. Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos
Gazing on God: Trinity, Church and Salvation in Orthodox Thought and Iconography. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2013, 55-56.

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This Week

THIS COMING WEEK

SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC / MOTHER'S DAY   -  May 10th

 9:30 a.m. – Liturgy

 


HOW TO WATCH OUR SERVICES ONLINE

Live streaming of our services will be available on both Facebook and YouTube. Please note that we have been experiencing some recent technical difficulties with our streaming capabilities; we are working with our internet provider to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and are hopeful we can provide you with the best viewing experience possible again soon.

We have worked hard to make improvements to lighting, sound, and video quality as we strive to bring the church into the homes of our community during this unusual time. Our pages/channels are listed here. Please join, like, subscribe, and follow for future services.

(1) You can find, like, and subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/stsconstantine

(2)  the new Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/stsconstantineCLE/live/  Look for the live stream on that page on Sunday mornings and for the rest of Holy Week. 

(3) As a member, you may also see the live stream automatically on your own Facebook feed on Sunday mornings (if you follow the group). 

You can utilize the AGES Initiatives Daily Services website for accompanying texts or assistance in singing or reading the hymns:  http://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/servicesindex.html 

You may also replace the litanies of petitions by saying "Lord, have mercy" three times, and replace the Priest's exclamations or blessings with "Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us. Amen."


KEEPING CONNECTED

We are exploring other ways of bringing the service to you while you are confined at home. We do send updates out via email during the week. If you haven't gotten an email from us lately, it may be because we don't have an updated email address for you. You can contact the office at office@stsconstantine.com or by phone at (216) 932-3300 to keep your contact information current.

Parishioners can also take advantage of the following online aids:

- Spend time at the appropriate moments to participate in the services via video. You can find online services at https://www.goarch.org/live-broadcasts

- Those with newer AppleTV devices, Roku, or Amazon Fire can find the Archdiocesan channel: https://www.goarch.org/tv

- Utilize the Archdiocesan Online Chapel for texts of services, daily readings, and lives of the Saints: https://www.goarch.org/chapel

- There are many edifying bible studies and educational podcasts available via Ancient Faith Ministries ( https://www.ancientfaith.com/ ) or Orthodox Christian Network ( http://myocn.net

- Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis offers a wonderful daily message through his “Prayer Team” ministry. Sign up using the following link: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin


FAITH IN ACTION

FAITH IN ACTIONActivities for May 2020 

Faith In Action -  St. Herman's is currently not serving dinner inside the house because of the social distancing requirements. As a result, they have been handing out to-go bagged dinners for those in need.

For the month of May, we are looking to coordinate a group of 8 people to help assemble these bagged sandwich dinners. Each dinner needs about 80 assembled bags. This group can meet at the Church gym to assemble these bags in a safe and socially distanced manner.

If you are interested in helping, please let us know as soon as possible. We would ask each person to possibly contribute part of the meal - e.g., someone brings the bread, someone brings the water, etc.

Zelma George Shelter  -  the Salvation Army Zelma George Family Shelter needs our help!  The Shelter is part of the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Complex in downtown Cleveland.  Unfortunately, 4 staff members of the Complex have been infected with COVID-19.  The families are essentially limited to staying in their single rooms most of the time.  We are purchasing arts and crafts supplies for the kids.  If you are interested in donating money for the supplies, please contact Peter Poulos at peter.poulos@case.edu.

A Call to Action - sign up for Instacart and have frozen dinner meals delivered to St. Herman's. You can have Instacart pick up the meals from the Dave's Market located in Ohio City. Even if it is just one dinner meal, it helps. I know the men of St. Herman's would appreciate the meal, whether it be beef, chicken or vegetarian.

Thanks and if you have any questions, please let us know - Peter and Denise Poulos 

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, or if you have questions about other activities, please send them to peter.poulos@case.edu).

Our team has been holding evening prayers via Zoom every other night at 8 p.m.  If you are interested in participating, you should either email pmp17@case.edu or text 216 288 1972 ahead of time to receive the link.  You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the Zoom invite. 

REMEMBER - we are the Church. And we haven’t gone anywhere.

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


PHILOPTOCHOS

Philoptochos is sponsoring  Memorials on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to honor our Mothers, Grandmothers, and Godmothers; and our Fathers, Grandfathers and Godfathers who have departed. Everyone is invited to submit the names of their loved ones who are no longer with us.

Father will be reading the Mothers’ names during the service on Sunday May 10, 2020 and the Fathers’ names on June 21, 2020. If you would like to make a donation to the Philoptochos, it would be greatly appreciated.

You may submit names/checks for

      • Mother’s Day Memorials by May 7th and
      • Father’s Day Memorials by June 18th

to:

Melissa Manos
3356 Lansmere Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122

Or

Sts Constantine and Helen Cathedral
3352 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
Attn: Philoptochos Mother’s/Father’s Day Memorials

Please write Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Memorial in the memo area of your check.

If you have any questions about the Memorials please contact:
Anne Mitchell at mitchell.matt1@gmail.com/ or  text to 440 465-6014

Thank you so much!

 

National Philoptochos Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Realizing the critical food insecurity that would increase as a result from unemployment due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, in March, the National Philoptochos Executive Board approved immediate disbursements to two food distribution organizations:

 

$25,000 to Feeding America
$25,000 to Meals on Wheels America

In addition, a COVID-19 Emergency Drive was established to provide funding for social service requests resulting from the economic crisis. The drive has received overwhelming support from Philoptochos metropolises, chapters and stewards. To date, $93,515 has been contributed to the drive. Thanks go to our faithful and generous sponsors, as well as to Arlene Siavelis Kehl, Chair of the 2020 Convention Sponsorship Committee, for contacting the sponsors and securing the transfer of these funds.

For more updates on the work of Philoptochos, you can visit the Philoptochos, Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Community, Cleveland Ohio Facebook page.

 


ORTHODOX EDUCATION

All Orthodox Education activities have been suspended until further notice. E-ministry will continue to greatest degree possible. Contact Maria at orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com with any questions or suggestions.


COIN BOXES FOR OCMC

Orthodox Education students have been receiving coin boxes they can take home for Lent to help support the international apostolic mission work of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC).  Parents can put seed money to start and children can put their coins in on a regular basis at home.  Children bring the coin boxes back on Palm Sunday at the earliest.  The money will be counted and sent back to the OCMC.

GOYA / YOUNG ADULT ACTIVITIES

All in-person youth ministry has been suspended until further notice. E-ministry will continue to greatest degree possible. Contact Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com with any questions or suggestions. 


IOCC No Show Event

05/03/2020

Christ is risen!
 
In light of the current crisis, Cleveland-area volunteers for the International Orthodox Christian Charities, are spearheading fundraising activities to take the place of their annual banquet. 
 
IOCC plans to host a no show event this coming Sunday, May 3 at 5 PM via ZOOM. The keynote speaker is Greg Manzuk, the Safety and security Manager at IOCC.
 
In order to register, please visit:
 

Archdiocese Announces COVID-19 Relief Program

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has announced the creation of the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese COVID-19 Relief Fund” as an important part of its efforts to support those around the country who have been impacted by the current pandemic. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros stated:

“During this desperate time, we believe it is our responsibility to provide, in addition to our spiritual care, material support for our brothers and sisters who are facing unexpected financial hardship. We are committed to helping people in their daily lives, and are grateful to those who will join our cause.”

Those facing an economic or financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and in need of emergency help with expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, food, childcare, medical, funeral or other daily costs, may apply to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has been privately funded, through the GOARCH website: https://www.goarch.org/covid19relief

Those who wish to contribute to the Fund may do so at www.goarch.org/covid19/donate.

Further information on the creation of this program is available online:

 

 


COFFEE HOUR

Coffee Hosting:  For the time being, coffee hours are being cancelled but you can still get on the calendar. Sign up now for hosting coffee when at last we are able to resume, and keep this beautiful tradition of our church going strong. 

Here are the dates we currently have open:

  • June 7th & 14th
  • July 5th, 12th, 26th
  • all of August
  • all of September
  • October 11th & 18th
  • November 15th, 22nd, & 29th   

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: ctcallos@gmail.com


SUNDAY BULLETIN DEADLINE

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.


CANDLE OFFERINGS

Candles are one way to express our prayers and our presence in worship. During the crisis, you may make a request to light a candle several different ways:

(1)  coming to the church during regular office hours and purchasing a candle to take with you or leaving the candle (lit or not) in the candle stands


(2) making an email request to office@stsconstantine.com, no later than 3:00 pm on a day of regular business hours


(3) calling the church office during regular hours, M-F, 10:00 am-4:00 pm


(4) making a request thru the Facebook live stream during a service. This is an honor system in which we trust that you will make a monetary gift for your candle. 


STEWARDSHIP

This parish strives "To lead people to God thorugh Orthodox Christianity and to provide ways for them live and share God's love." It does so in good days and in difficult ones, such as we now expeience. Our doors may be closed to the general public, but we endeavor to spread the "good news" as best we can. Any financial help that you might offer is deeply apprciated. 


OTHER ORTHODOX e-EVENTS

1) Join the "Search the Scriptures" live call-in show hosted by Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, Professor at the University of San Diego on Monday evenings from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Link: ancientfaith.com/radio/live. Call in to the show: 1-855-237-2346.

2) Join "Comfort Foods for Families" from 12:00 noon - 12:15 p.m. Monday - Thursday featuring short videos based on the liturgical readings hosted by the Orthodox Center for Family Care. Connecting the readings with activities and reflections for families. Link: https://www.facebook.com/centerforfamilycare>

3) Join ""The Whole Counsel of God" online Bible study hosted by Father Stephen de Young on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Link for live stream: facebook.com/TheWholeCounselOfGod/ Podcast Link: ancientfaith.com/podcasts/wholecounsel

4) Join "3 Men & a Bible" livestream show Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fr. Panagiotis Boznos, Nick Lionas, and Steve Christoforou meet every week to discuss the Sunday Gospel and Epistle readings. Link: goarch.zoom.us/j/249935036


From the Comfort of Your Home

Christ is risen! ....and we're still at home. We hope you're staying healthy and safe. By now, we've all been encouraged to exercise or clean house; but here are some other things you can do to pass the time:

- Journal Daily: Journaling is a great way to express your thoughts and experiences in a healthy way. Write down your thoughts and fears or a few things you’re grateful for to help you center yourself.

- Practice Mindfulness: The world is a scary place right now, and tensions are high. Instead of scrolling through social media, take a break and focus. Short meditation or prayer sessions can help you relieve stress and calm down from feeling overwhelmed.

- Check Books off your To-Read List: It can be difficult to find time for quiet reading during the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a book that may have been gathering dust as an escape from the pressures of the outside world.

- Take an Online Course: Lots of educational institutions and hobbyists are offering online classes for free right now, so take advantage of them! If you’ve always wanted to explore a particular subject or you’re looking to bolster your resume, now is the time to learn something new.

By keeping your mind and body active and engaged, you can help shed the stress of being stuck at home while also improving your skills, your space, and yourself.


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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the 2nd Tone

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the 2nd Tone

The noble Joseph, taking Thine immaculate Body down from the Tree, and having wrapped It in pure linen and spices, laid It for burial in a new tomb. But on the third day Thou didst arise, O Lord, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the 2nd Tone

Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave: Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. But cry out: The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

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 Plagal 4th Tone

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
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