Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-01-10
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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


January 10, 2021




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Maria Sikoutris
PANGARI: Team B: Marguerite Stephanopoulos, Jason Berry, Costa Sarris
EPISTLE READING: Ephesians 4:7-13
GOSPEL: Matthew 4:12-17
              (GREEK TEXT p. 220, black books)

40-Day Memorial for Spiro J. Paravalos: Beloved husband for 66 years of Anna (nee Tsengas), Cherished Father of Callie (Peter) Sevastos, Eugenia (George) Sintsirmas, and John (Annette), Precious Grandfather of John (Nicole) Sevastos; Renee (Damian) Blakeley; Don (Pamela) Sevastos; Spiro, Alex, Demetri and Anna Sintsirmas; and Annemarie and Emanuel Paravalos, Great Grandfather of Peter, Raymond and Rini Sevastos; Callie, Marianna and Francesca Blakeley.

3 Year Memorial for Maria M. Sarris, wife of Michael, mother of Giannoula (William) Regan, Angeliki and Yiannis. 

5 year Memorial for John Kappos, father of Elizabeth Kappos, Lea (Steven) Osgood & Michael (Julie) Kappos


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. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13.

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when ye assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith.
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Epistle to the Ephesians Ch. 13, 2nd century


This Week


Mon,  Jan 11th  - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Thurs, Jan 14th - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Agni)
Fri,   Jan 15th    - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Jan 16th     - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers  (& Confessions)
Sun, Jan 17th    - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                          - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy & Vasilopita Celebration
                          - 6:00 p.m. - Prayer for the Unborn


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Jan 10:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Jan 10:


Pledge Forms for the 2021 calendar year are out and on their way. However, the backlog with the US Postal Service has delayed delivery. Copies are also available on the bulletin board across from the church office, or from our website: 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!


Sadly, there will be no in-person house blessings this year, due to consideration of the coronavirus. Everyone is free to take a bottle of Holy Water home and bless themselves, their family members and their home. God-willing, I will be able to personally come to your home in 2022.  -  Fr. Stephen


The Orthodox Christian Women of Akron have scheduled a retreat for January 23, 2021. Once again, because of the COVID virus, it will be held as a free ZOOM event. Speaker Joe May will present "St. Basil & His New City" - an Orthodox Christian response of love to the issue of poverty. Contact Nikki Bober (330 409-3552, or email at or Nancy Studebaker (330 655-9638) with any questions or for information regarding the Zoom link.


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.


Please join ZOE for Life!® and Sts. Constantine & Helen’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral for a Virtual Service as we Pray for the Unborn - Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:00 pm. The service will be livestreamed at Prayers will be offered by: Fathers Stephen Callos and Alexander Garklavs.

A Zoom Presentation Follows at 6:30 pm. Our virtual Guest Speaker will be His Beatitude Metropolitan TIKHON, Primate Orthodox Church in America. Registration is Free, but required in order to receive the Zoom link. Please register using this link before January 14th.

FAITH IN ACTION - Upcoming Activities

Bible Study

Join us for 30 minutes of weekly Bible Study - all are welcome. If you are interested in an invite, or for current dates and topics, please email


Prayer Team

If you are interested in joining the prayer team to keep others in your daily prayers, 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


St. Herman's Pizza Dinner

We are bringing Guy's Pizza dinner meals for St. Herman's on Saturday Jan. 23. Please let us know if you are interested in:

-donating money for the pizza (approximately $300)
-donating 90 large styrofoam food containers
-donating 90 pieces of fruit
-donating 90 water bottles
-donating 90 snacks/treats such as chips, etc.


Zelma George

We are renting one of the Valley View theaters for 20 family members from the Salvation Army Zelma George Family Shelter on Saturday Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. Please let us know if you can support this event in any of the following ways:

  • 1. Purchase an uber ride to and from the movie theater for one of the family groups (4 to 5 Uber round trips needed).
  • 2. Purchase Valley View movie theater gift cards for candy/popcorn for the 20 family members.
  • 3. Contribute toward the movie theater rental ($161).


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)   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 

2)   Virtual YAL Conference: young adults (ages 21 - 35ish) are invited to participate in an online retreat hosted by the Metropolis of San Francisco. The event will be Saturday, January 9th - Sunday, January 10th. No cost to attend; register at

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 Gonzalez, the young adult coordinator of the entire Archdiocese. RSVP by Wednesday, January 20th to

4)   Ancient Faith Radio has launched a new podcast especially for youth called "The Fourth Antiphon." Led by Orthodox college student Marcus Lotti, the show offers spiritual reflections "by the youth, for the youth." Tune in and subscribe by searching "Fourth Antiphon" at



Orthodox Education classes have resumed as of January 10th.  Watch this space for more information as it becomes available!

Zoom events:

Jan 24th -- Fr. Livingston; topic TBD

Contact Maria at with any questions or comments.


The Orthodox Christian tradition presents many opportunities for worship outside of Sunday morning services, especially Liturgies on the feast days of beloved saints. In light of the current crisis, the number will increase to at least one Liturgy per week in addition to the Sunday service. As the restrictions on Sunday attendance are loosening up, those with special concerns may consider attending a weekday service, where the typical attendance is in the range of 10-20. 


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


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those guarding it became as dead. Mary stood at your grave seeking your pure body. But you stripped the power of Hades, yet were not touched by corruption. You met the virgin and granted her life. O Lord, who

Apolytikion for Theophany Afterfeast in the 1st Tone

When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.

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 4th Tone

You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: "You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light."