Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-11-29
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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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November 29, 2020




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Anna Tsagaris
PANGARI: Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
EPISTLE READING: Ephesians 4:1-7
GOSPEL: Luke 18:18-27


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

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 Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-7.

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Love of money is the worship of idols, a daughter of unbelief, an excuse for infirmities, a foreboder of old age, a harbinger of drought, a herald of hunger.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century

He who has conquered this passion has cut out care; but he who is bound by it never attains to pure prayer.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century


This Week


Mon,   Nov 30th  - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri,      Dec 4th    - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sun,    Dec 6th    - 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 29:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Nov 29:


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!



The church office will be closed until at least December 4th while our office manager quarantines after a covid exposure. Sade is currently working from home; she is able to answer most email enquiries as usual. Voicemail is checked once a day as well. She is currently doing well and looks forward to returning to work as soon as her doctor approves.

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.


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 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!


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.

FAITH IN ACTION - Upcoming Activities

St. Herman's Pizza Dinner

We are bringing Guy's Pizza dinner meals for St. Herman's on Saturday, December 19th.  If you are interested in donating money for the pizza and/or purchasing the following items for the 90 dinner meals, please let us know:

-90 large styrofoam food containers
-90 pieces of fruit
-90 water bottles
-90 snacks/treats such as chips, etc.


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)


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.


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.


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

2OCF (college student ministry) will be joined by guest speaker Dn. Thomas Manuel of OCMC on Tuesday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom call. Dn. Thomas will be talking to us about how to stay connected to the Church during quarantine as well as about his work in the mission field of Guatemala. Send RSVPs or  any questions to Ted.

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.


Since so many of us will be doing our Christmas shopping from home this year, we would like to pass along some links that have been shared with us in the church office to sites offering gift items appropriate to the Orthodox lifestyle.

The Ancient Faith Christmas Shoppe offers Christmas cards, ornaments, icons, gifts, books, and more. You can browse their offerings by category here.

The Online Christmas Market of St. Elisabeth Convent offers a range of unique handmade items that will make memorable Christmas gifts. Click here to visit the St Elisabeth Convent’s Online Christmas Market.


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 3rd Tone

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.