Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-10-18
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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 18, 2020




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Maria Gentis
PANGARI: Team B: Marguerite Stephanopoulos, Jason Berry, Costa Sarris
EPISTLE READING: Colossians 4:5-11,14-18
GOSPEL: Luke 10:16-21
* Costas Apostolis, (9 months) father of Markella (Michael) Tsatiris
* 23 year Memorial for Vasilios (William) Nolidis, husband of Vasiliki (Vicky), son of Pantelis and Soultana, brother-in-law to John and Popie Papouras. 
* 2 year Memorial for Mary Linkas. Loving wife of Pat, Cherished Mother of Jim (Sal), and Christine Taylor (Rob), Cherished Yiayia of Nicholas (Tommy) and Melina, Sister of Chris Tomasides (Mary - deceased) and Christine (deceased).


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eighth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:11-18

At that time, Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that He had said these things to her.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 4:5-11, 14-18.

Brethren, conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one. Tychicos will tell you all about my affairs; he is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimos, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of yourselves. They will tell you of everything that has taken place. Aristarchos my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus who is called Justos. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. Give my greetings to the brethren at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippos, "See that you fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord." I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my fetters. Grace be with you. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Luke the Evangelist
The Reading is from Luke 10:16-21

The Lord said to his disciples, "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will."


Wisdom of the Fathers

As the beloved physician and disciple, O Luke, heal with thy mystical surgery the passions of both my soul and body, and grant that I may enjoy complete health, and may honour thine all-lauded festival with gladness, and may shower thine august and most precious body with a rain of tears instead of myrrh; for like an inscribed monument of life in the wondrous temple of the Apostles, it crieth out unto all, even as thou didst before, when thou didst write the divine Gospel of Christ God.
Oikos for the Feast of St. Luke, October Menaion, p.115
Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Brookline, MA


This Week


Mon, October 19th -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, October 20th - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St Gerasimos)
Sat, October 24th -   5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, October 25th -  8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                  9:30 a.m. - Liturgy

Guest Speaker

Dn. Thomas Manuel, an OCMC missionary to Guatemala, will visit us in person on Sunday, October 25th. He will be telling us about the Orthodox mission field and OCMC's work spreading the Gospel & Orthodoxy. More information about Dn. Thomas, his family, and his work is available at: and


We are saddened to note that our church now lies in a “red zone,” which means that we must return to greater restrictions on church attendance.

Updates take place every Thursday; until our status changes, we ask those over 65 to worship at home and we will limit the number of people in attendance to 25 within the church and 25 in the Cathedral Center.


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 18:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Oct 18:


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  have resumed.

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 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

Zoom events:
Sunday, 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; but all are invited to tune in. Contact Maria at with any questions.


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

 GOYA will have an outdoor, socially distant drive-in movie night on Saturday, Nov. 7th hosted by St. Paul, No. 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.

4)  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.

5)  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


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




 Just two hours from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 31st!

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 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 Luke the Evangelist in the 3rd Tone

O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offences.

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.