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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-02-14
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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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Today

February 14, 2021

02/14/2021

SUNDAY OF THE CANAANITE

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LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Georgia Christides
PANGARI: Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
EPISTLE READING: II Corinthians 6:16-18
GOSPEL: Matthew 15:21-28  (GREEK TEXT p. 170, black books)
MEMORIAL:

  • Memorials for Harry Cashy, George Cashy, George Misthos, Katherine & Peter Cashy, Norbert Goss & Harriet Kappos 

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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. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

She had a great perfection of faith. She had no uncertainty about His divine majesty. She had no small measure of the virtue of patience. Yet the pitying Physician of the pitiful disdained her petitions. He kept her waiting for answer in order to demonstrate to us the perseverence of this woman that we can always imitate. She had the characteristics of constancy and humility. She willingly embraced the indignity she received, and even confirmed the Lord`s statement. This woman rightly signifies the faith and devotion of the Church gathered from the nations
Saint Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216, 217.

He kept her waiting for an answer in order to declare that the minds of His disciples should also be merciful. As human beings they were ashamed of the clamor of the woman as she pursued them publicly, but He Himself knew the character of His mercy.
St. Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216

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This Week

THIS COMING WEEK

Mon, Feb 15th   - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri, Feb 19th     - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Philothei)
                          - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Feb 20th    - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers  (& Confessions)
Sun, Feb 21st   - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                          - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy 
                          - 10:45 a.m.- 
40 Day Memorial for Doris Tingley

 


ONLINE TEXTS OF SERVICES

Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Feb 14:
www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/p/s/2021/02/14/ma/gr-en/se.m02.d14.ma.pdf
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Feb 14:
www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/p/s/2021/02/14/li/gr-en/se.m02.d14.li.pdf


LIVESTREAM SERVICES

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 YouTube.com/stsconstantine.


END OF YEAR REPORTS

We apologize for the delay in issuing the end of year reports for 2020. Hard copies should be arriving this coming week.

To receive reports electronically in the future, please email the office at office@stsconstantine.com 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 peter.poulos@case.edu.

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 peter.poulos@case.edu.

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Prayer Team

If you are interested in joining the prayer team to keep others in your daily prayers, either email pmp17@case.edu 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 peter.poulos@case.edu

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St. Herman's Dinner Bag Assembly

We are going to assemble 90 dinner bags for St. Herman's at the Church on Saturday March 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. We follow strict masking and social distancing and will limit the group to a total of 8 to 10 individuals. Below are the items we need in sufficient quantity to make 90 bags:

  • brown lunch type bags to hold the food;
  • bread for sandwiches;
  • turkey slices for sandwiches;
  • cheese slices for sandwiches;
  • chip bags; and
  • candy bars

If you are interested in donating food and/or helping with the assembly, please let us know. 

 

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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.


VISITORS & SACRAMENTS

Everyone is welcome in the Orthodox Church & may receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service, but only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.


PHISHING SCAMS

Many parishes and parishioners across the Archdiocese are being actively targeted by online scammers. These emails (and text messages) come from fake accounts that appear to an unsuspecting person as a real clergy email.

Father Stephen will not reach out via personal email to request immediate financial assistance. Be vigilant if you do receive an email that fits this description! The FTC urges anyone defrauded in a gift card scam to tell the agency by visiting ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Victims should also contact law enforcement and the gift card company. 

Read more about this phishing scam here: blogs.goarch.org/blog/-/blogs/no-your-priest-does-not-want-you-to-buy-gift-cards-for-a-parishioner-in-need

 


WEEKDAY SERVICES

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. 


PHILOPTOCHOS

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  http://stsconstantine.com/outreach/philoptochos/ For more updates on the work of Philoptochos, you can visit the Philoptochos, Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Community, Cleveland Ohio Facebook page.


GOYA / YOUNG ADULT ACTIVITIES

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 cyathens.org or talk to Ted.

2)   OCF (college student ministry) will have its next meeting on Thursday, February 25th @ 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Our guest speaker will be Anthony Ruggerio, an Orthodox youth director currently serving in Oklahoma City. Contact Ted for more details.

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 Steven Christophorou, the director of the Y2AM youth department of the Archdiocese. RSVP by Wednesday, February 17th to gorealcleveland@gmail.com 

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 youngadultretreats@gmail.com

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ORTHODOX EDUCATION UPDATED NEWS

Orthodox Education classes have resumed as of January 10th.  Parents are encouraged to check their email for up to the minute announcements of classes.

Zoom events:

Sat, Feb 20th - 7:00 p.m. We will have an informational meeting on Zoom about Oratorical for parents and students
Sun, Feb 21st - Class either on Zoom or in-person (TBD)
Sun, Feb 28th   - 8:00 pm Our Zoom speaker Fr. Andrew Harmon from St. Matthew's Orthodox Church, No. Royalton will speak to 6th-12th graders.  He wrote a chapter in Fr. Peter Gilquist's book "Coming Home".

Contact Maria at orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com with any questions or comments.


LOST AND FOUND

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.


2021 ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

Now in its 37th year, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is a speaking program for Junior High and High School Students in our parishes. Each year, approximately 800 young people from grades 7-9, and 10-12, research from one of the approved topics, develop a short speech, and then deliver it at a parish Oratorical Festival. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros approved the topics for 2021, which were released in September. Parish registration can be found at https://www.goarch.org/en/oratorical

 

 

 


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Auxentios of the Mountain in the 1st Tone

Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Auxentius, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through 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 2nd Tone

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.
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