Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-10-04
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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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September 27, 2020



PROSFORA: Kim Bambakidis
EPISTLE READING: II Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1
GOSPEL: Luke 6:31-36
             (Greek text, p. 139, black books)
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, Jesus, having risen from the dead, stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.

Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high."

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


Wisdom of the Fathers

The sign that thou lovest God, is this, that thou lovest thy fellow; and if thou hatest thy fellow, thy hatred is towards God. For it is blasphemy if thou prayest before God while thou art wroth. For thy heart also convicts thee, that in vain thou multipliest words: thy conscience rightly judges that in thy prayers thou profitest nought.
St. Ephraim the Syrian

Let us then, bearing in mind all the things which have been said, show forth great love even towards our enemies; and let us ease away that ridiculous custom, to which many of the more thoughtless give way, waiting for those that meet them to address them first.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 18 on Matthew 5, 4th Century


This Week


Sat, October 3rd - 10:00 a.m. - Virtual Parish Retreat
Mon, October 5th - 7:30 p.m.
- Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, October 10th - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sunday, October 11th - 8:15 a.m. -
                                    9:30 a.m. - Liturgy

Virtual Retreat

Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral invites you to a

Virtual Retreat

Saturday October 3, 2020  -  10am-12pm

Speaker: Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh  -  “Finding Christ in the Crisis”. 

Registration is Free, but you MUST PRE-REGISTER. There is still time: to register, please visit this link:

If you wish to donate to defray expenses, please make checks out and send to:

Sts. Constantine and Helen
3352 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

Please write “retreat” in the memo line. 


Our parish strives "To lead people to God through Orthodox Christianity and to provide ways for them live and share God's love." It does so in good days and in bad, such as we now experience. Church attendance may be difficult or impossible for you, but we endeavor to spread the "good news" as best we can. Any financial help that you might offer is deeply appreciated. Giving App is an online giving tool that makes it simple to safely/securely give to your church anywhere at any time. You can download the giving app onto your phone, or click "give online" from the church website. Your gift goes directly to the church. Plus, you can track all your gifts, setup recurring donations, and more!

St. Makrina Bible Study

Please join the St.Makrina group every Wednesday via Zoom from 10:00-11:30 a.m. We have begun discussing 2019 Retreat speaker Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis' excellent book "Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections for Advent, The Nativity, and Epiphany". In this unusual year, our journey to the Nativity can be more meaningful. Fr. Stavros reminds us of the typical advent period that emphasizes decorations and shopping (along with elevated stress levels). In his book, he offers us a journey of faith to follow Christ. Instead of the letdown when Christmas has passed, "There will be joy and joy is what overcomes sadness. There will be hope and hope is what overcomes sorrow". To join us in this journey, please contact Melissa Manos by email at or call Heidi Peters at 216 570-5393 for more information.


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

1.  come to the church during office hours  (M-F, 9:00 – 5:00) and purchase a candle to take with you or leave the candle, lit or not, in the candle stands  
2. email request to, no later than 3:00 pm on a day of regular business hours
3.  call the church office during regular hours
4. make a request through 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. 
5.  Make a Tithe.Ly donation from our website button. You can add a note with any special candle request.


FAITH IN ACTION - Upcoming Activities

Bible Study

You can join us for 30 minutes for Bible Study - all are welcome. If you are interested in an invite, or for current dates and topics, please email


Prayer Team

You can join the prayer team and keep others in your daily prayers. If you are interested, you should either email 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. If you have any requests for our prayer team, or if you have questions about other activities, please send them to



The children staying at the Salvation Army Zelma George Family Shelter will not have the opportunity to experience Halloween this year. So we are coordinating a "trunk or treat" where we can park our cars in the surface parking lot next to the Salvation Army and the kids can pick out candy from our trunks. You can also dress up in costumes yourself and/or decorate the back of your cars/trunks for Halloween.

If you are interested in helping in any of the following ways, please contact Peter Poulos (

1. Bring a car to the Zelma George parking lot on Saturday, October 31st from 1 p.m to about 3 p.m.; and/or
2. Donate candy (a basket will be in the entry at church); and/or
3. Donate money for costumes and/or candy (please make ckecks out to Sts. Constantine and Helen with Faith in Action in the memo).


Thank you and keep the faith!

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


1GOYA is volunteering to do yard work for parishioners as a new community outreach project. Contact Ted at to coordinate the visit of 2 - 3 GOYAns to do basic jobs (e.g. weeding, raking leaves, etc.). As this is an outreach ministry, there is no fee.

2) Local young adults (ages 21 - 35ish) will have an online Bible study session on Tuesday, October 13th and again on Tuesday, October 27th both at 7:00 p.m. For fellowship and spiritual nourishment, contact Chaz Ickes at

3) "Telos POP" is organizing a nationwide network of penpals for GOYAns who are tired of Zoom calls but would like to make new friends. Participants will be matched with another student from across the country to build a new connection and discuss their faith. To join the program or ask a question, contact Ted at
4) Camp Nazareth will host an online young adult retreat (ages 21 - 35ish) the weekend of October 16th - 18th. Details are still forthcoming, but save the date for now. Questions may be directed to


This evening, Sunday, October 4th, Orthodox Education will host Fr. Chris Shadid at 8:00 pm, speaking to students 6th grades and up via Zoom - parents, check your email or contact Maria for invites. All family members and parishioners are welcome to come and listen as well.  He will speak briefly on Unity in Christ and will be open for questions afterwards. 

Fr. Chris Shadid serves as the Camp Director for Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. Antiochian Village used to be our diocese camp and has been used as recently as last Christmas break by Orthodox Christian Fellowship for their winter retreats. He is very excited to speak to the children. See you this evening!

Future zoom events:

October 18th -- Papa Ephraim, Abbot of St. Nilus Island Skete in Alaska, will be speaking to 6th-12th graders over Zoom at 8:00 pm.

Contact Maria at with any questions or suggestions.


We have closed our livestreaming service on Facebook in favor of using YouTube for all future livestreaming of services. To continue participating with our livestream services, please visit, subscribe, & bookmark our channel at



Many thanks to those of you who have been lifelong members of Philoptochos, and a warm welcome to all the new parishioners who have just joined us! If you have not already done so, please join Philoptochos as we start our 2021 year.  Forms are now available in the church office or online at

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



Reusable, reversible, washable cloth masks made by our own Philoptochos ladies are available for sale in the church lobby! Masks have a gentle nose clip for proper fit, and a side opening to add extra filtering if one chooses. Make checks payable to Philoptochos or purchase with $10.00 cash (sorry, we cannot make change at this time). For more information, email Christina at



Eastern European Orthodox Christian immigrant women

Are you an Orthodox woman age 18 to 55 years willing to share your opinions  about women’s healthcare needs in America? This research is being completed  by Kimberly Babich Speck, Doctor of Nursing Practice student at Otterbein  University, with the support of ZOE Women’s Center®. The information obtained will be utilized to improve the conversations and education for the Eastern European Orthodox Christian immigrant population. Each participant will have one interview consisting of twelve questions and lasting less than one hour. Participants who  interview will be paid $20.

Call Kimberly at 440-708-8434 or email for details.



With recent increases in attendance at the church, we have once again begun collecting forgotten possessions. A rain hat, t-shirt, and princess flip phone are among the items on hand. Please contact the office if you think we might have something of yours.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Tone

You descended from on high, O merciful Lord, and accepted the three-day burial in order to free us from our passions. Glory to you, O Lord, our life and our resurrection.

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 2nd Tone

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.