Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-05-16
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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 16, 2021




MATINS:            8:15 am
LITURGY:          9:30 a.m.
     PROSFORA:  Georgia Christides
     PANGARI:    Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White,
                                       Gus Kallergis
     EPISTLE:      Acts 6:1-7
     GOSPEL:      Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8 (GREEK TEXT p. 66, black book)
     MEMORIALS: 10:45 a.m.
                           - 6 months Memorial for Metropolitan Maximos, first
                           bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis and later
                           Metropolitan of Pittsburgh.
                           - 1 year Memorial for Emmanuel Papadopoulos,
                           Beloved husband of Pagona (nee Glyptis). Loving father
                           of Chris (Mary) and the late George. Dearest Pappou of
                           Christina and Carter. Dear brother of the late Socrates
                           and Sylvia. Dear uncle and friend of many.



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. 2nd Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7.

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


Wisdom of the Fathers

They [the women] had followed Him ministering to Him, and were present even unto the time of the dangers. Wherefore also they saw all; how He cried, how He gave up the ghost, how the rocks were rent, and all the rest.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century

And these [the women] first see Jesus; and the sex that was most condemned, this first enjoys the sight of the blessings, this most shows its courage. And when the disciples had fled, these were present.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, May 17th    - 7:30 p.m.    - Gamblers Anonymous
Thurs, May 20th  - 7:00 p.m.   - Nameday Vespers
Fri,   May 21st     - 10:00 a.m. - Nameday Liturgy
                            - 7:30 p.m.    - Gamblers Anonymous 
Sat, May 22nd     - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers
Sun, May 23rd     - 8:15 a.m.   - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m.   - Liturgy 
                            - after services: Coffee Hour


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.


We are delighted to confirm that the flooring project in the Sanctuary is complete! Therefore, services will resume as normal as of Sunday.



The St. Herman's Golf Classic is back! The 8th Annual St. Herman Golf Classic will take place Monday, June 14th at the Tanglewood Club. If you would like to play and/or be a sponsor, please contact Dick Warren (216-287-6886) or sign up electronically at Details are on the bulletin board.



If you have any door prizes that you are able to donate to the St. Herman Golf Classic auction, please contact Anna Warren (216-287-6890).


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 16:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on May 09:

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) 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." The deadline to participate has been extended to today, Sunday May 16th. Please RSVP to Ted to let him know you're interested

2) 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

3) GOYA 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.  

4) GOYA will volunteer at St. Mary of Egypt Food Bank for a summer service project on Monday, June 7th @ 6:30 p.m. Because of COVID policies, we will help only with bagging the groceries rather than directly assist in distributing them. To participate, RSVP to Ted by Friday, May 28th.



The Nafpaktian Cultural Foundation Inc. awards one $1,000 scholarship for college students that are majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) and multiple $500.00 scholarships to high school and college students who are of Greek ancestry in Northeast Ohio. For further details or to download an application, visit



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 23rd  - Final OE Zoom class  
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 thanks to all who helped during Holy Week- to the Parish Council for extra hours, to the ladies who decorated the Epitaphio, to the choir (FINALLY BACK!), to the families who prepared the Easter eggs, to the family who donated the items for the Easter Egg Hunt, to the chanters and readers,  to the men running the live streaming service, to those who carried the Epitaphio, to those who prepared the wreaths for the icons, to the GOYA for making palm crosses, to the readers of the gospel at the Agape Vespers, to the OE staff for the Holy Friday retreat.... May God bless them all!


The feast of our patrons Saints Constantine & Helen, will be celebrated on May 20-21. There will be a Vespers service at 7:00 PM on Thursday, 5/20on Friday 5/21 we will have Matins at 8:45 AM and Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. Please note that we start the latter two services later than usual to accommodate visitors from the other area churches. Because of COVID restrictions we will forgo the usual reception and luncheon. 
St. Constantine was the Roman Emperor who ended the persecution of Christians, declared himself a Christian, convened the 1st Ecumenical Council, established a new capital free of pagan influence, worked to reconcile disputes in the Church and near the end of his life was baptized. 
St. Helen, his mother, influenced him in his view of Christianity and endeavored to build churches at many of the sacred sites of Christ's life. 
May their prayers bring us many blessings. 


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.

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 Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the 2nd Tone

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the 2nd Tone

The noble Joseph, taking Thine immaculate Body down from the Tree, and having wrapped It in pure linen and spices, laid It for burial in a new tomb. But on the third day Thou didst arise, O Lord, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the 2nd Tone

Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave: Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. But cry out: The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

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

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.