Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-02-21
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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


February 21, 2021




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Katina Nicolacakis
PANGARI: Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
EPISTLE READING: II Timothy 3:10-15
GOSPEL: Luke 18:10-14  (GREEK TEXT p. 172, black books)

  • 40 Day Memorial for Doris Tingley - Beloved wife of Howard; mother of Barbra (P. Ryan Parker), Howard (Amy), and Steven (Erin O'Reilly); loving yiayia to Jacob, Christina, and Luke Parker, Sophia, Elizabeth, Katherine and Azalea Tingley. Sister of Dianne Kollias, aunt to six nieces and nephews.

  • 9 Day Memorial for Filomeni Romoudi, mother of Evangelia Romoudi (Nick Skubas), Demetra and George, grandmother of Ioanna, Apostolos and Matthew


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. 4th Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


Wisdom of the Fathers

It is possible for those who have come back again after repentance to shine with much lustre, and oftentimes more than those who have never fallen at all, I have demonstrated from the divine writings. Thus at least both the publicans and the harlots inherit the kingdom of Heaven, thus many of the last are placed before the first.
St. John Chrysostom

When lately we made mention of the Pharisee and the publican, and hypothetically yoked two chariots out of virtue and vice; we pointed out each truth, how great is the gain of humbleness of mind, and how great the damage of pride.
St. John Chrysostom


This Week


Mon, Feb 22nd   - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri, Feb 26th     - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St Photini)
                          - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Feb 27th    - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers  (& Confessions)
Sun, Feb 28th   -  FOUNDATION SUNDAY 
- 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                          - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy 
                          - 10:45 a.m.-
Memorial: Martha Mamos


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 21:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Feb 21:

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


 Zelma George Family Shelter Lattes & Arts Event 

We are sponsoring a Latte & Arts event for the parents and teenagers who are staying at the Salvation Army Shelter.  The event is set for Saturday February 27 at the Shelter.  We are seeking donations for painting supplies and Starbucks gift cards for approximately 25 people.  If you want to donate art supplies or gift cards, you can drop them off at the Church.  If you want to make a cash donation, please contact  


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.  


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)


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

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.


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.


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. 


Between challenges of the pandemic and the logistics of handling carryout in the cold weather, the parish council has opted not to go ahead with our annual event this year. They may decide to do something similar later this spring; please check our website ( for updates.


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.


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)   Camp Nazareth will host its next young adult fellowship zoom on Tuesday, February 23rd from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Use this opportunity to connect with Orthodox peers not only from Northeast Ohio, but from all across the country! Register at

3)   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.

4)  Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Thursday, March 11th @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker will be all of us. Led by a moderator, this will be a social call where we'll all have a chance to talk, listen, and connect as Orthodox young adults. RSVP by Wednesday, March 10th to



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:

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".)
Sun, March 7th - Class either on zoom or in-person (TBD)

Contact Maria at with any questions or comments.


With recent increases in attendance at the church, we have once again begun collecting forgotten possessions. Hats, umbrellas, masks, toys, and more are filling our unclaimed basket. Please, contact the office if you think we might have something of yours!


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. Our 4th-12th graders will be speaking on March 14th; contact Maria at with any questions.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

The joyful news of your resurrection was told to the women disciples of the Lord by the angel. Having thrown off the ancestral curse, and boasting, they told the apostles: death has been vanquished, Christ our God. is risen, bestowing on the world great mercy.

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

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican. Let us cry out to the Savior, "Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled."