Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-11-22
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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


November 22, 2020




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Nellie Baltazzi
PANGARI: Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
EPISTLE READING:Ephesians 2:14-22
GOSPEL: Luke 12:16-21
             (Greek text, p.156, black books)
MEMORIAL: 40 Day Memorial for Maria Rodon: Beloved wife of 72 years to Guy R. Rodon(deceased). Loving mother to April Rodon and Guy A. Rodon (Carole); Cherished Yiayia to Chantel Covino, Catrina (Julio) Pina-Covino, Melinda (Brant) Campbell and Andre Rodon. Great grandmother to Skylar Pina, Madelyn and Parker Campbell.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. 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 any one, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:14-22.

Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Just as the Fathers lay down that perfect love knows no sin, so I for my part declare that a perfect sense of death is free from fear ... The remembrance of death, like all other blessings, is a gift of God- He who has died to all things remembers death ...
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century


This Week


Mon,   Nov 23rd  - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Thurs, Nov 26th - THANKSGIVING DAY
Fri,      Nov 27th - Office CLOSED
                            - 7:30 p.m.
- Gamblers Anonymous
Sun,    Nov 29th - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                             9:30 a.m. - Liturgy


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Nov 22:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Nov 22:


We are fortunate that Cuyahoga County is not currently designated as purple, the highest level for infections. However, virus levels are still on the rise, and Cuyahoga County has issued a stay at home advisory. Therefore, we continue to ask you to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distance, and wear masks for the good health of all.


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. 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!


The Archdiocese Office of Family Ministry has some valuable insights. If you want to be included in their email contacts, subscribe to the Family Ministry List, at


If you forgot to contribute, don't fret. It's not too late to donate to the Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos Fundraiser! See further details online:

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.


Today, November 22, is the last day for the St. Herman House online fundraiser. This week was chosen because it’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This online fundraiser is in lieu of the annual November speaker’s event and the annual December spaghetti dinner, which were canceled due to the pandemic. Videos and other content have been posted on the St. Herman Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter all week; to highlight the issue of hunger and homelessness in our community and raise critical funds for St. Herman’s. The goal is to raise $25,000. To learn more, you can visit or call (216) 961-3806


Let Philoptochos do the Christmas baking for you this year so that you may have one less thing to worry about and more time to rest and enjoy the  holidays with your loved ones! 

This year ALL baking will be done to order and ONLY prepaid orders will be filled.  Place your order by December 7th.  Make your check out to Sts. Constantine & Helen with "Christmas Bake Sale" in the memo and mail it to church attn Philoptochos.  Pick up will be on Dec. 19 & 20 at 11:00AM.

If  you are unable to pick up your order, our volunteers will deliver it to your place (minimum order amount $50).  Forms can be found at church by the pangari or  online at

Thank you very much for your support. 

Merry Christmas, Happy & Healthy New  Year!



Although we are unable to host our annual Christmas party at Zelma George,  we are still collecting gifts for the children (approximately 90 children  from the ages of 1 to 18). Please help by either donating new toys ($15-20 range) or making a cash  donation which will be used to purchase gifts.

Please place unwrapped toys in the brown donation box or send monetary donations to Philoptochos (3352 Mayfield Road, Cl. Hts., OH 44118) with Zelma George in the memo line. Gifts and donations are needed by Sunday, December 13th. Please contact Maria Giannirakis or Anna Warren with 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


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)


1)  GOYA Christmas Card: It’s that time of year again when GOYA can assist you with your holiday greetings. Wish others in our community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year by e-mailing Ted at or by picking up an order form on the youth bulletin board. The deadline for orders is Sunday, November 29th. 

2The Sr. Hellenic Dancers will be virtually participating in the 2020 "Arts of Thanksgiving" event via prerecorded performance on Monday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m. This annual festival is hosted by B’nai Jeshurun Congregation (Synagogue) in Pepper Pike. To attend the virtual performance, register at

3Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Thursday, December 3rd @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker will be all of us. Led by a moderator, this will be a social call where we'll all have a chance to talk, listen, and connect as Orthodox young adults going through a difficult year together. RSVP by Wednesday, December 2nd to

4"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


Due to the inceased pandemic restrictions in Cuyahoga County,Orthodox Education classes are returning to internet-only platforms for the time being. We will update you as soon as anything changes.

Zoom events:
Nov. 29th - 8:00 pm: Eugenie Antonelli, former member of Sts Constantine & Helen, will speak on her conversion to Orthodoxy and life in her native Cameroon.

Contact Maria at with any questions or comments.


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.


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 Grave Tone

By your cross you destroyed death, and opened paradise to the thief. You transformed the sorrow of the Myrrh-bearers, and commanded the apostles to proclaim that you have risen from the dead, Christ our God, granting to the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Entry of the Theotokos in the 4th Tone

Today is the prelude of God's good will and the heralding of the salvation of mankind. In the temple of God, the Virgin is presented openly, and she proclaimeth Christ unto all. To her, then, with a great voice let us cry aloud: Rejoice, O thou fulfilment of the Creator's dispensation.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.