Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-06-20
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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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June 20, 2021


MATINS:                8:15 am
LITURGY:              9:30 a.m.
     PROSFORA:     Kim Bambakidis
     PANGARI:         Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras 
     EPISTLE:           Acts 2:1-11 
     GOSPEL:           John 7:37-52, 8-12 (GREEK TEXT p. 88, black book)
     COFFEE HOUR: Andy & Katherine Kartalis

There is a special "Service of Kneeling" that follows the Liturgy on Pentecost. 


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Holy Pentecost
The Reading is from John 20:19-23

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were gathered, 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."

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11.

WHEN THE DAY of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontos and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."

Gospel Reading

Holy Pentecost
The Reading is from John 7:37-52; 8:12

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really the prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?" The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!" The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed." Nikodemos, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?" They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee." Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For the grace of the Spirit, when it has entered into the mind and has been established, springs up more than any fountain, fails not, becomes not empty, stays not. To signify therefore at once its unfailing supply and unlimited operation, He has called it "a well" and "rivers," not one river but numberless.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 51 on John 7, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, June 21st    - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Thurs, June 24th - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. John)
                             - Festival baking: meat filling for pastitsio
Fri,  June 25th     - Festival baking: prepare penne, boil grape leaves
Sat, June 26th     - Festival baking: make crema, assemble pastitsio,
                              clip & stack grape leaves
                            - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers
Sun, June 27th    8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy 
                            - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial: Mary Petrelli 40 day
                            - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial: Stella Balale 3 mos.
                            - 10:45 a.m. - Library Memorial


The week following Pentecost is a week without fasting on Wednesday or Friday. 


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 Philoptochos is collecting the names of our fathers, grandfathers and godfathers to be commemorated on Fathers' Day weekend. Kolyva will be offered in their memory at the service on June 19, the Saturday of the Souls. On Sunday, June 20, their names will be read as part of the Pentecost service; formal memorials are not done on this feast day. 


We are delighted to announce that the conditions are improving and restrictions in the Cathedral are being lifted. 
As far as worship is concerned, we are required to provide safe space in the church for parishioners who are not yet vaccinated or otherwise immunocompromised. For now, those spaces will be the four pews in the back of the church on the right side (near the icon of Christ blessing the children) and the balcony. In these two areas, parishioners should wear masks and be socially distanced. In the rest of the church, there are no restrictions. 
For the time being, Holy Communion will be offered as it has been for the last year- the faithful are asked to not close their mouth on the spoon. 


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on June 20:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on June 20:


St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in North Royalton will be celebrating the patronal feast of their parish on June 28th-29th, honoring the feast of St. Paul, the Apostle to the Nations. They are offering a personal invitation to all of us to join them. They have the extra blessing this year to have His Eminence, Metropolitan SAVAS of Pittsburgh, our Archshephard, to lead us in celebration. See the flyer on the bulletin board for more information.


God willing and with your help, the Sunday coffee hours will continue. The socialization that goes with coffee hours has been missed. However, willing hosts for the coffee hours are needed. Currently open dates:

  • July 4th
  • Aug 1st
  • Aug 15th
  • Sept 5th
  • Sept 12th
  • Sept 19th
  • Sept 26th (and beyond)

Please call the church office or write to to volunteer. All local regulations regarding food service must be respected.

FAITH IN ACTION - Upcoming Activities

Bible Study

Online Bible Study sessions are currently being scheduled. If you are interested in an invite, or for current dates and topics, please email


Prayer Team

We will be holding prayer sessions every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday of each week at 8:30pm (EST) for all those who are able to participate. Dean Tsengas will be leading the evening prayer sessions on Zoom. Contact him at for the Zoom link.


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 is joining FOCUS for its annual backpack drive. You can participate by volunteering to fill a backpack for a less fortunate student right here in Cleveland! The packing list includes items like pencils, folders, and index cards. The deadline to have everything collected is Saturday, July 31st. Please see Ted to get involved or with any questions.

2) Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Friday, June 25th @ 7:00 p.m. This will be an in-person event at the Kiwanis Pavilion (6363 Selig Dr, Independence). Our guest speaker will be Fr. Andrew Lentz on the theme of "Orthodox Unity." Participants are asked to bring something to share for a *fast-free* potluck supper! Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, June 23rd to

3)  OCF (college student ministry) will have its 1st "summer meeting" on Thursday, July 1st @ 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This will be an opportunity for us to reconnect at a time when few people are on campus and we don't normally see each other.  Contact Ted for the link to join the call.

4)  The 2021 regional "camp reunion" Paraklesis service will take place on Wednesday, August 11th at Holy Trinity, Canton @ 6:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to connect with camp friends from this year and years past. If there is enough interest, GOYA will either organize a carpool or rent a van. RSVP to Ted by Friday, July 16th.

5) St. Kyranna Young Adult Cooking Class (ages 21 - 35ish) will have its next meeting on Friday, July 23rd @ 7:00 p.m. Our guest instructor will be Markos Fikaris, and we'll be making pastelaries (a fig dessert from Chios) . Fellowship with wine & board games will follow after class. RSVP to Ted at by Monday, July 19th.



Thank you so much to all who helped during our Vacation Church School. Your help was greatly needed and appreciated. We could not have done it without you.

Upcoming Events:

Sat, July 17th  - We will have our OE picnic at Highland Heights Park and Pool at 1:30-4:30 pm. Please RSVP to Maria at if you will be using the pool.


We have decided to bring back our great Greek Festival – Live and in-person, with music & dancing. Most of your favorites will be back as you’ve come to know them., from August 19th-22nd. There will be a few modifications, to avoid crowding:
·  No activities in the Fellowship Hall or upstairs, except Dining Room
·  No flea market.
The baking schedule is out now; this week’s upcoming dates are included in the bulletin calendar. Check your email or contact the Church office for the full version.


We thank you for your patience while we deal with technical issues impacting the live streaming of our services. The service is now working. Please visit, subscribe, & bookmark our channel at


We have had a couple of inquiries lately looking for someone to provide home assistance for senior parishioners. If you are able to assist, or know of someone who might be suitable, please contact the office at (216) 932-3300 or by email to


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Pentecost in the Plagal 4th Tone

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. O Befriender of man, glory be to Thee.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues, the Most High divided the nations; and when He divided the tongues of fire, He called all men into unity; and with one accord we glorify the All-holy Spirit.