Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-05-09
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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


May 02, 2021




MATINS:           8:15 am
LITURGY:          9:30 a.m.
     PROSFORA:  Helen Primbas
     PANGARI:    Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis,
                                      Bill Chevako
     EPISTLE READING: Acts 5:12-20
     GOSPEL:       John 20:19-31 (GREEK TEXT p. 62, black book)



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. 4th Tone. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 5:12-20.

In those days, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life."

Gospel Reading

Thomas Sunday
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For great is the dignity of the priests. ... And hold them very exceedingly in honor; for you indeed care about your own affairs, and if you order them well, you give no account for others; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 86, 4th Century

... but the priest even if he rightly order his own life, if he have not an anxious care for yours and that of all those around him, will depart with the wicked into hell; and often when not betrayed by his own conduct, he perishes by yours, if he have not rightly performed all his part.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 86, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, May 10th    - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri,   May 14th     - 7:30 p.m.   - Gamblers Anonymous 
Sat, May 15th      - 5:00 p.m.  - Vespers
Sun, May 16th     - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                             - 9:30 a.m.   - Liturgy 
                             - 10:45 a.m. - 1 yr Memorial: Emmanuel Papadopoulos


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 May 09:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on May 09:


The Sts. Constantine and Helen Philoptochos Spring Fundraiser is a Gyro and Pastry Sale. Place your order online by May 12th - that's *this coming Wednesday!* - at Drive thru order pickup is on Saturday, May 15th. ONLINE AND PREPAID ORDERS ONLY. 

Thank you in advance for your support!



Please volunteer to help with the Gyro and Pastry Sale. We will be preparing and filling orders May 13th, 14th or 15th. Go to the SignUpGenius link and select the day and time you are able to help:


We are delighted to hear that the flooring project in the Sanctuary is progressing more quickly than planned! Work is expected to wrap up by this Tuesday, May 11th; meaning that this Sunday should be the only time services are held in the Cathedral Center instead.


The Eastern Orthodox Women’s Guild annual Pan-Orthodox Benefit Luncheon will be held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 6822 Broadview Rd. in Parma on Saturday 5/15/21 at 12:00 p.m. Contact Katherine Kartalis for free tickets. Seating & food service will be in accordance with all current health protocols.


The Orthodox Christian tradition presents many opportunities for worship outside of Sunday morning services, especially Liturgies on the feast days of beloved saints. 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. 

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)


1) Camp Nazareth will host its next young adult fellowship (ages 21 - 35ish) call via Zoom on Thursday, May 13th @ 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker is TBA, but this will be another great opportunity to connect with young adults from all over the country.  Send questions to

2) GOYA will be going to "Topgolf" in Independence for a fun field trip on Sunday, May 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Topgolf is a "sports entertainment complex that features an inclusive, high-tech golf game that everyone can enjoy." To participate, you must RSVP to Ted by Friday, May 14th.

3) Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Thursday, May 27th @ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  The guest speaker will be Fr. Jacob Saylor, a young adult priest currently serving Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, AZ. RSVP by Wednesday, May 26th to

4GOYA has been invited to a sand volleyball tournament hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton on Saturday, June 5th. This will be an all-day event. Details are forthcoming, but save the date for now. See Ted with any questions.



Orthodox Education has resumed in-person classes. The same safety protocols that have been in place this school year, are in effect now.

Upcoming Class Events:

Sun, May 16th  - PreK-12 - in-person classes 
Fri,   May 30th  -
PreK-12 - in person / graduation luncheon

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



Many of our lost&found items have been reclaimed - and thank you for that! - but a few still linger. Any leftovers after this Sunday will be donated or otherwise rehomed. Check the table near the office to see if anything there is yours!



Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Apolytikion for Thomas Sun. in the Grave Tone

Whilst the tomb was sealed, Thou, O Life, didst shine forth from the grave, O Christ God; and whilst the doors were shut, Thou didst come unto Thy disciples, O Resurrection of all, renewing through them an upright Spirit in us according to Thy great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.