Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-01-17
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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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January 17, 2021




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Georgia Christides
PANGARI: Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
EPISTLE READING: Hebrews 13:17-21
GOSPEL: Luke 17:12-19
              (GREEK TEXT p. 162, black books)




Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14

At that time, being raised from the dead, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

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

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Having met the Savior, therefore, the lepers earnestly besought Him to free them from their misery, and called Him Master, that is. Teacher. No one pitied them when suffering this malady, but He Who had appeared on earth for this very reason, and had become man that He might show pity to all, He was moved with compassion for them, and had mercy on them.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century


This Week


Mon,  Jan 18th  - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Athanasios)
                          - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri,   Jan 22nd   - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Jan 23rd     - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers  (& Confessions)
Sun, Jan 24th    - 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 Jan 17:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Jan 17: 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


Zoom Evening Prayers: Zoom in and participate in Evening Prayers with other parishioners held from 8:30 to 8:50 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday. It is a great way to have fellowship during these challenging times. For a zoom invite, please email


Zoom Bible Study: Zoom in and participate in Bible Study with other parishioners held from 8:30 to 9 p.m. once every few weeks (usually on Thursdays). It is a great way to have fellowship during these challenging times. For a zoom invite, 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)   Metropolitan Savas & Metropolitan Gregory are co-hosting a "Young Adult Gathering" on Tuesday, January 19th @ 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Both bishops will be leading us in prayer, facilitating discussion, and answering questions. Register at: YoungAdult-NewYear

2)   Hellenic College/Holy Cross will be hosting an online "open house" for prospective undergraduate students on Thursday, January 21st @ 7:00 p.m. EST. HCHC is the institution of higher learning for our Archdiocese. For information about the school itself or the open house event, visit or call 617-850-1260.

3)   Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Thursday, February 18th @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker will be Christian Gonzalez, the young adult coordinator of the entire Archdiocese. RSVP by Wednesday, February 17th to

4)   Camp Nazareth will host its next young adult retreat the weekend of March 26th - 28th via Zoom. Details are still forthcoming, but save the date for now. Questions may be directed either to Ted or to



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


Sunday, January 17, is STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY. Every person of faith is asked to share their blessings with God. Churshes like ours depend on their gifts.

 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:

If you have not already done so, please send your 2021 pledge to the church as soon as possible. 


In consideration of current restrictions on large gatherings, Metropolitan Savas has ordered that there be no elections of Parish Coucil in 2020 and that all Council members' terms be extended for one year. However, he directed that each Council hold its election of officers, as usual, at the beginning of the year. 

Our Parish Council held elections at its meeting of January 14, and the results are as follows:

PRESIDENT: Marguarite Stephanopoulos

VICE-PRESIDENT: George Stamatis

SECRETARY: Jason Berry

TREASURER: Costas Tsatiris

Many thanks to outgoing President George Stamatis for his years as President. Best wishes and prayers to newly elected President Marguarite Stephanopoulos for her willingness to serve the parish in yet another crucial role. 


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 Anthony the Great in the 4th Tone

Emulating the ways of Elias the zealot, and following the straight paths of the Baptist, O Father Anthony, thou madest of the wilderness a city, and didst support the world by thy prayers. Wherefore intercede with Christ our God 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 1st Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.