Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2020-12-06
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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


December 6, 2020




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Connie Tsironis
PANGARI: Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
EPISTLE READING: Hebrews 13:17-21
GOSPEL: Luke 13:10-17
              (GREEK TEXT p. 158, black books)

  • 40 Day Memorial for Metropolitan Maximos
  • 40 Day Memorial for Anastasia Karides / 1 Year Memorial for John Karides; Beloved Parents of Emmanuel (Linda), George (Georgia), Theodore (Kim), William (Lisa); Cherished Yiayia/Papou to Nicholas, Sara, Mia, Yianni (Alexandria), Anna, Zoe, and Stacy; and to Great Grandchildren Callie, Noah, and Ethan.
  • 6 Month Memorials for Michael Columbus & Conrad Mitchell; 1 Year Memorial for Ronald Chambers; and Memorials to the memory of Renee Mitchell, John Columbus, Elaine Columbus, Anthony Columbus, and Irene Columbus.
  • 1 Year Memorial for Mary Mekedis; Beloved Wife of the late Alex P.; Cherished Mother of Laura Kappos (husband George, Jr.); devoted Yiayia of Elyse Deckard (Michael), George III (Dawna) and Alexa Szczepinski (Kevin); cherished Great Yiayia of William George and Gianna Christ.
  • 2 Year Memorial in memory of Mary & Christopher Sikalis; Beloved Parents of  Rita Pressman(Ed) & Penny Spring(Dennis); Cherished Yiayia/Papou to Alexa



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21.

Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

So great an evil is envy. For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

And yet here He speaks only; whereas elsewhere in many cases He heals by laying on of hands also. But nevertheless none of these things made them meek; rather, while the man was healed, they by his health became worse. For His desire indeed was to cure them before him, and He tried innumerable ways of healing, both by what He did in their presence, and by what He said: but since their malady after all was incurable, He proceeded to the work.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century


This Week


Mon,  Dec 7th    - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri,     Dec 11th - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat,    Dec 12th  - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Spyridon)
Sun,   Dec 13th  - 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 Dec 6:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Dec 6:


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


There will be a Parish Assembly on Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 PM; held via Zoom. All are invited, however only those in good standing (pledge made for 2020 and pledge fulfilled for 2019) may vote. We are limiting the agenda to a few essential items:


1. Opening Prayer

2. Presentation, discussion and vote for 2021 budget.

3. Presentation and vote to accept an internal audit report.

4. Re-election of Dick Warren to serve on Foundation Board.

5.  Addition of railing steps to Dias

6.  Stewardship 2021

7.  Closing prayer


To Join the Zoom Meeting:

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Passcode: 598839

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The church office has re-opened as of December 4th. It may still take a few days to work through mail and voice messages; if you have anything that needs addressed quickly, please send an email to

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.


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! 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.


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.

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:

-donating money for the pizza (partially covered; $220.00 still needed)
-90 large styrofoam food containers
-90 pieces of fruit
-90 water bottles (already donated - Thank You!)
-90 snacks/treats such as chips, etc. (already donated - Thank You!)


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)


As many of us will be doing our Christmas shopping from home this year, we would like to pass along some links 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 Christmas gifts. Click here to visit their Online Christmas Market.


1)  GOYA Christmas Card: It’s that time of year again when GOYA can assist you with your holiday greetings. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, December 6th. E-mail Ted at ASAP to be included for 2020!
2)  CrossRoad is accepting applications until January 4th, 2021. CrossRoad "prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and invites them to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition." Our own Angelique Myers will serve on staff as part of this year's program too. To learn more or register, go to
3)  Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Thursday, January 21st @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker will be Christian Gonzaelz, the young adult coordinator of the entire Archdiocese. RSVP by Wednesday, January 20th 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:

Dec. 6th -- Class zooms for PreK-12th
Dec. 13th -- OE Christmas play on zoom at 12 noon. Open to the whole parish. Children will present "The Christmas Robin".

Contact Maria at with any questions or comments.

Unknown Heroes Project

As part of a series of events to celebrate the Bicentennial of Greece's Independence, the Metropolis of Pittsburgh is collaborating on a project to uncover unknown heroes. We are asking for children to ask their grandparents, great grandparents, etc. last names and first names, villages in Greece where they were born or grew up or going back as far as they know. Maybe their families participated in the Greek War of Independence.

A project team will work on uncovering as much as they can.  Families will be honored in March of 2021.  Please look at the attached flyers. This is open to Greek School Students and Goyans; the deadline is December 15, 2020. Send their information to 


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 Nicholas the Wonderworker in the 4th Tone

The truth of your manner of life manifested you to your flock as a rule of faith and an icon of gentleness and a teacher of self-control. By humility, therefore, you acquired the things on high, and riches through poverty. Father Holy Hierarch Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God, entreating that our souls be saved.

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.