Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-10-25
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

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  • 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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October 25, 2020




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Jennifer Moissis
PANGARI: Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
EPISTLE READING: Galatians 1:11-19
GOSPEL: Luke 8:26-39
             (Greek text, p.146, black books)



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Ninth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:11-19.

Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39

At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For if we, going about on the earth which is familiar and well known to us, being encompassed with a body, when we are journeying in a strange road, know not which way to go unless we have some one to lead us; how should the soul, being rent away from the body, and having gone out from all her accustomed region, know where to walk without one to show her the way?
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 28 on Matthew 8, 4th Century

Some say, 'Why do they [demons] possess people?' I answer those who wish to have this explained that the reason of these things is very deep. Somewhere one of His saints addressed God by saying, 'Your judgments are a vast abyss.' As long as we bear this in mind, we will perhaps not miss the mark.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 44. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


This Week


Mon,   October 26th  -  10:00 a.m. - Anastasia Karides wake & funeral
                                   -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Weds, October 28th - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Protection on Theotokos)
Sat,    October 31st -   5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun,   November 1st -  8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                  - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy

Guest Speaker


Today we welcome Dn. Thomas, Dnsa. Elizabeth, and Baby Vasili Manuel! They are OCMC missionaries to Guatemala. Dn. Thomas will be speaking to us about their family's work sharing the Gospel. More information about Dn. Thomas, his family, and his work is available at: and


Our choir director Dennis Bell is teaching a class, Iconography 101, at the St. Matthew Orthodox Church in North Royalton. The first class will be on Saturday, Oct. 24th at 2:00 PM. The topic of the first class will be "The Meaning and Theology of Icons." Future class schedule will be determined and classes will include hands-on painting. It is preferred that attendees call or email Fr. Andrew Harmon to let him know how many to expect- or call 440-539-1116.


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.

On a related note, third quarter statements are now out! Those who have selected email as their preferred method of communication should have received theirs earlier this month; the final hard copies are in the mail now and should be in your hands sometime next week. If you notice an error, don't receive your copy, or would prefer to switch to email delivery, please contact Sade in the church office - either by email to or phone to 216 932-3300. And if you haven't yet met your 2020 Pledge Goal, there is still time to get it in before the year is over. Giving App is an online giving tool that makes it simple to safely/securely give to our church anywhere at any time. You can download the giving app onto your phone, or click the green "Give Now" button on the church website. Your gift goes directly to the church. Plus, you can track all your gifts, setup recurring donations, and more!


We are saddened to note that our church now lies in a “red zone”. According to the Diocese, attendance rules will not change unless Cuyahoga County is designated as purple, the highest level for infections. We will be sure to let people know if or when this changes. Until then, we ask you to continue avoiding large gatherings, maintaining social distance, and wearing masks for the good health of all.


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 25:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Oct 25:

2020 Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar

Notre Dame College will present the 36th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar featuring the Very Rev. Alexander Garklavs’ discussion “Eucharist in Art and Life” as a virtual presentation on Sunday, October 25. The presentation will be available to watch at no cost on and

Offerings are accepted and can be made online, over the phone, via email or by U.S. mail. Details for making a donation are available online. Please indicate that your donation is intended for the Malburg Seminar.

The Eucharist has inspired countless masterpieces of visual, musical and literary art in the Christian traditions of East and West. The arts have added beauty and joy to the celebration of Eucharist. The interplay of Eucharist, art and life is the focus of the presentation for this year’s Eastern Churches Seminar. Both the Eucharist and art have sensory and spiritual dimensions, bring people together, transform minds and hearts, feed the soul’s hunger for personal meaning and interpersonal communion, and express praise and thanks to God. Both the Eucharist and the arts also are about living life to the full.

Each year, Notre Dame College and its Department of Theology celebrates its collaboration with Byzantine Catholic, Orthodox and Roman Catholic eparchies and dioceses in sponsoring the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar. The presentation is an annual dialogue between the clergy, bishops and laity of the Orthodox and Catholic churches in the Greater Cleveland area. It is open to all.


 The Koinonia (the Greek word for ‘community’) is our parish newsletter, published several times throughout the year under the direction of Marguarite Stephanopoulos and our office staff. Visit our website link to view the most recent copy online. 

If you would like to submit an article, pictures, and/or announcements for the Koinonia, please email Marguarite at or call 917-459-7533. Pictures would be greatly appreciated.
The deadline for the next issue for Koinonia submission will be the following:

  • November/December issue: Submission deadline-Weds, October 28.

This issue of the Koinonia will be mailed to homes the week of November 12.


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.

St. Makrina Bible Study

The St Makrina Bible study group is open to anyone interested in learning more about our Orthodox Christian faith through the books of the Bible and other writings on Orthodoxy. This group also sponsors an annual Lenten Retreat, open to all parishioners, featuring prominent speakers.

We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. via Zoom during the current pandemic.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please contact Melissa Manos by email at or call Heidi Peters at 216 570-5393 .


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.

2GOYA will have a "social night" in the gym on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. This will be in lieu of starting regular basketball practices. We will be socially distant, wearing masks, taking temperatures at the door, etc. Prepackaged snacks, drinks, and games will be provided. RSVP to Ted by Oct 26th.

3) 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.

4The GOYA Fall Retreat will take place virtually on Friday, November 13th - Saturday, November 14th. The theme will be: " The longest journey is from your head to your heart." The keynote speaker will be Fr. Nicholas Manuel. Register online at

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



  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 to everyone who has donated candy and funds so far!


Zelma George / St. Herman Pizza Dinner

We are going to buy Guy's Pizza, fruit, chips or other snacks, chocolate, and water bottles for the St. Herman's community for dinner for Sunday November 15. There are generally 90 meals that need to be provided. If you are interested in donating money or buying part of this meal, please let us know. Thanks!


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


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)


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:
Contact Maria at for the current Zoom event schedule.


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 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 Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius in the 4th Tone

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

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.