Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-01-31
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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 31, 2021




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Paula Kappos
PANGARI: Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
EPISTLE READING: 1 Timothy 4:9-15
GOSPEL: Luke 19:1-10
              (GREEK TEXT p. 168, black books)


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

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 First Letter to Timothy 4:9-15.

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and suffer reproach, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

Gospel Reading

15th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 19:1-10

At that time, Jesus was passing through Jericho. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For Christ's presence is like that of some life-giving, scented balsam which restores health, enriches life and gives savor to the soul, the thoughts, the words of a man. In brief, distance from Christ means corruption and death, and closeness to Him means salvation and life.
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
Prolog, 4 February

Christ is the salvation that comes, and Zacchaeus is the house to which He comes.
Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic
Prolog, 4 February


This Week


Mon, Feb 1st   - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Feb 2nd - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Presentation of Christ)
Fri,   Feb 5th   - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Feb 6th    - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Photios)
                       - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers  (& Confessions)
Sun, Feb 7th   - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                        - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy 
: - Mary Klonaris (5 yrs) & Sam Klonaris (20 yrs)
                                          - Irene Antonios (3 years)


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 31:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Jan 31: 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


We apologize for the delay in issuing the end of year reports for 2020. If you have indicated that email is your preferred method of delivery, you should have received your report this week. Hard copies will be mailed out the first week of February. 

If you would like to get reports electronically in the future, please email the office at and ask to be set as email preferred. Once you do receive your report, please take a moment to be sure items have been accurately recorded. And thank you for your patience!

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



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)

St. Macrina Bible Study


On February 17, the St Macrina Bible study group will begin studying a book recommended by Fr. Stephen about "the end of time". He has kindly offered to guide us through it. This is a topic Christians have wondered about but have found the book of Revelation challenging to understand.

The St. Macrina group is open to anyone interested in learning more about our Orthodox Christian faith through the books of the Bible and other writings on Orthodoxy. New members are always welcome. We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. via Zoom during the current pandemic. For details on the current title and other information, call or email the church office and you will be contacted promptly.


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. 


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. 


1)   "College Year in Athens" (CYA) is offering two study abroad opportunities for high school graduates of Hellenic descent. An antiquity-focused program and an activism-focused program are available as well as a scholarship to offset travel expenses. For more information, visit or talk to Ted.

2)   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 Steven Christophorou, the director of the Y2AM youth department of the Archdiocese. RSVP by Wednesday, February 17th to

3)    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

4)  The Metropolis of Pittsburgh & Archdiocese Center for Family Care will be offering an online "family retreat" for parents and students alike via Zoom on Saturday, April 17th. More details are forthcoming, but save the date from now.



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

Zoom events:

Jan 31st -- will be either zoom OR in-person.
Feb 7th   -- will be either zoom OR in-person.

Contact Maria at with any questions or comments.


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.


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.


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 1st Tone

Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!

Apolytikion for Unmercenaries Cyrus & John in the Plagal 1st Tone

Since Thou hast given us the miracles of Thy holy Martyrs as an invincible battlement, by their entreaties scatter the counsels of the heathen, O Christ our God, and strenghten the faith of Orthodox Christians, since Thou alone art good and the Friend of man.

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.