Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-04-04
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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


April 4, 2021




LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Sia Papouras
PANGARI: Team B: Marguarite Stephanopoulos, Jason Berry, Costa Sarris
EPISTLE READING: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6
GOSPEL: Mark 8:34-38; 9:1 (GREEK TEXT p. 190, black book)


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. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6.

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Wisdom of the Fathers

"I force not, I compel not, but each one I make lord of his own choice; wherefore also I say, 'If any man will.' For to good things do I call you, not to things evil, or burdensome; not to punishment and vengeance, that I should have to compel.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Apr 5th    - 7:00 p.m.  - Compline
                        - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Weds, Apr 7th  - 6:00 p.m.  - Presanctified Liturgy
Fri, Apr 9th      - 7:00 p.m.  - Salutations Service
                        - 7:30 p.m.   - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Apr 10th   - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers
Sun, Apr 11th  - 8:15 a.m.   - Matins
                        - 9:30 a.m.   - Liturgy
                        - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial: Peter Glinatsis (40 days)


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.


Our current attendance rules require that we must maintain social distancing and wear masks while in church. We also ask that those not feeling well should stay home, but there are no limitations based on age. All are welcome, young and old.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Apr. 04:
Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Apr. 04:


The Metropolis is offering a "Family Lenten Retreat" via Zoom on Saturday, April 17th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. The keynote address will be offered by Fr. Alex Goussetis of the Archdiocese Center for Family Care. Registration is at: Questions may be directed to Ted or to Fr. Joe DiStefano at:


Enjoy delicious homemade Greek pastries without all the work! Place your orders by Apr 15th by visiting or by picking up a form in the church lobby. Orders can be picked up Apr 24th OR Apr 25th from 11am - 12pm either day. If you cannot pick up your order, volunteers can deliver ($50 minimum order for delivery).

As all baking will be done to order, ONLY PREPAID ORDERS WILL BE FILLED. Payments can be made out to Philoptochos Bake Sale and mailed to the Church office:

3352 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Hts. OH 44118

IF YOU CAN VOLUNTEER TO DELIVER ORDERS, or have any questions, please contact:

Christina at (216) 346-1317 or by email to OR Barb at (440) 227-2338 or by email to


The Library Committee will hold an IN-PERSON meeting  on Weds. April 7th at  1:00 p.m. Covid protocols will be observed. Contact Elaine Joaquin at 440 286-1478 with any questions.


Donations of Easter eggs, dyed in the traditional red color. Fifteen dozen are needed; donations of a lesser amount are accepted. Needed on or about April 30th. Please contact Fr Stephen - or call 216-932-3300 x6.


We have tentatively scheduled a pilgrimage to St Gregory Palamas Monastery for Wed April 21, leaving Golden Gate plaza at 8:45, returning about 4:30 pm. Reservations required. Please contact Fr Stephen - or call 216-932-3300 x6. 

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

We will be assembling 90 dinner bags for St. Herman's at the Church on Sunday April 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. We follow strict masking and social distancing and will limit the group to a total of 8 to 10 volunteers. We need volunteers to help assemble the bags  (all items have now been donated; thank you!).

Please let us know if you can help.

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)


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.


Orthodox Education  is resuming in-person classes. The same safety protocols that have been in place this school year, will be in effect now.

Upcoming Class Events:

Sun, Apr 4th   - at 8:00 pm: Speaker Fr. Michael Varvarelis
                         from Holy Trinity in Harrisburg 
Sun, Apr 11th - PreK-12 - in person classes
Sun, Apr 18th - Zoom for PreK -5th Grades;
                         Tentative Zoom Speaker 6th -12th 7:30 pm

Parents are encouraged to check their email for up to the minute announcements of classes.  Contact Maria at with any questions or comments.



1GOYA will have its next in-person meeting on Wednesday, April 7th at 7:15 p.m. in the gym following the Presanctified Liturgy. Food and drinks will be provided with special care in accordance with COVID protocols. Parents & siblings are welcome to attend. We will discuss plans for in-person ministry the next few months. RSVP to Ted by Monday, April 5th.

2) Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Thursday, April 8th @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The guest speaker will be Christian Gonzalez, the young adult ministry coordinator of the Archdiocese. RSVP by Wednesday, April 7th to

3) A virtual teen retreat will take place the afternoon of Saturday, April 17th from 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m., and then from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. There is no fee to participate. The times of this event do not overlap with the Metropolis family retreat on the same day. Registration is available online, and must be done prior to April 16th. Fr. Joshua Makoul will speak on "Finding Balance through Self-Care & the Church." Contact Ted for the link to sign up and with any questions. 



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


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!


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 2nd Tone

When you descended into death, O life immortal, you destroyed Hades with the splendor of your divinity, and when you raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers shouted: O giver of life, Christ our God, glory to you.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Cross in the 1st Tone

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

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 Plagal 4th Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"