Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-10-11
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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


October 11, 2020




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Cynthia Asimakopoulos
PANGARI: Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
GOSPEL: Luke 8:5-15
             (Greek text, p. 143, black books)
MEMORIAL: 40 Day Memorial for Dorothy Kappos, and seven years for George Kappos. They were the loving parents of Alex (Paula), Dennis (Connie) and George Jr. (Laura); cherished grandparents of Maria (Bob) Kehres, Chris, Elyse (Michael) Deckard, Gregory, George III (Dawna), Kristen (Mark) Hayes, Alexa (Kevin) Szczepinski and Tom; and much loved great-grandparents to Jack, Ryan and Sophia Kehres, and Will and Gianna Deckard.
BLESSING: 50th Anniversary Blessing for Pennie & Leon Lavbas


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For by seed here He means His doctrine, and by land, the souls of men, and by the sower, Himself .... For as the sower makes no distinction in the land submitted to him, but simply and indifferently casts his seed; so He Himself too makes no distinction of rich and poor, of wise and unwise, of slothful or diligent, of brave or cowardly; but He discourses unto all, fulfilling His part, although foreknowing the results.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 44 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

When you see life's pleasures, beware that they might not distract you, for they conceal death's snares. Likewise a fisherman casts not his hook to no purpose. As bait for his hook, the enemy uses the delusion of sensuality to arouse desire, that he might thereby catch men's souls and subject them to himself. A soul which has been caught to serve the enemy's will then serves as a snare for other souls, for it conceals the grief of sin with its apparent delight.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
A Spiritual Psalter no 43, pg. 74, 4th century


This Week


Mon, October 12th - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri, October 16th - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St Longinos)
Sat, October 17th - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sunday, October 18th - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                    9:30 a.m. - Liturgy


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


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.

Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Oct 11:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Oct 11:


St. Paul Philoptochos are holding their Men Who Cook fundraiser on-line, to benefit Providence House and Philoptochos charities. Donate $25 or more to the event & receive an electronic cookbook with recipes from our chefs. Videos of our chefs preparing their recipes will be on the St. Paul Facebook page during the week of Oct.11th - 17th - you can donate directly to your favorite video or on the St. Paul website; donation period closes 10.17.20. For more information, visit or contact Mary at 440 230-1927.

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.


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.


Orthodox Education classes resume this Sunday, October 11th
Some ground rules:
1. All Orthodox Education staff and students will receive a temperature check upon entering the building and are required to wear a mask.
2. Households are asked to sit together in the same pew.
3. After Holy Communion, the teachers will lead the children to their assigned space. NOTE: the teaching areas will be in the Cathedral Center (gym), conference room and perhaps in the alcove or Fellowship Room. We ask parents to remain in church so that we do not have too many people moving in and out of the Narthex and hallways.
4. The classes will be shortened to about 25 minutes so that they end at about the time the Divine Liturgy does. For the time being, there will be no snacks and no coffee hour.
5. Most classes will be on the main floor. The few students who go downstairs will have to abide by the 1-way staircases.
For grades K-5, we will have one in-person class per month and one virtual class using Zoom. For grades 6-12, we will have two classes per month. Here is the plan:
Oct 11 - K-12 - in person classes
Oct 25 - K-5 - Zoom class; grades 6-12 - in person
Nov 8 - K-12- in person classes
Nov 22 - K-5 - Zoom class; grades 6-12 - in person

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.


1)  GOYA 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) "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

3)  Camp Nazareth will host an online young adult retreat (ages 21 - 35ish) on Saturday, November 14th from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. The theme will be: "In Your Presence, There Is Fullness of Joy." Featured speakers will include: Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa, Fr. Stephen Loposky, Fr. Anastasios Athanasiou, and others. It's free to participate; just register at

  GOYA will have an outdoor and socially distant drive-in movie night on Saturday, November 7th hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton. Each GOYAn is expected to bring their own mask, chair, and blanket as well as a canned food item as a donation. RSVP by Sunday, November 1st to, and see Ted with any questions.


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)


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!


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.


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 1st Tone

Though the tomb was sealed by a stone and soldiers guarded your pure body, you arose, O Savior, on the third day, giving life to the world. Therefore, O giver of life, the heavenly powers praise you: Glory to your resurrection, O Christ, glory to your kin

Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal 4th Tone

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.

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.