Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-07-11
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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


July 11, 2021


MATINS:               8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:              9:30 a.m.
     PROSFORA:     Maria Misthos
     PANGARI:         Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
     EPISTLE:          II Corinthians 6:1-10 
     GOSPEL:           Matthew 6:22-33 
                               (GREEK TEXT p.98 , black book)
    COFFEE HOUR: hosted by Beder, Harris, & Schmiedicker Families
    40 DAY MEMORIAL: for Demitra Dellas Xinakes, beloved wife James (dec), loving mother of Katherine Beder (Howard, dec), Janice Harris (George), Susan Schmiedicker (Alan) and loving grandmother of Gregory ( Brittany), Stephanie and Zachary Beder, Christina and Alexandra Harris and James and Katie Schmiedicker.




Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33

The Lord said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For God, He said, gave us understanding, that we might chase away all ignorance, and have the right judgment of things, and that using this as a kind of weapon and light against all that is grievous or hurtful, we might remain in safety. But we betray the gift for the sake of things superfluous and useless.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 20 and 21 on Matthew 6, 4th Century

A brother, more thrifty than covetous, ... left behind him at his death a hundred pieces of money which he had earned by weaving linen. ... a council was held as to what should be done [with the money] ... However, Macarius, Pambo, Isidore and the rest of those called fathers, speaking by the Spirit, decided that they should be interred with their owner, with the words: "Thy money perish with thee."
St. Jerome
Letter 22 to Eustochium


This Week


Mon, July 12th     - 8:30 a.m. - Festival baking: Spanakopita 
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St Paisios)

                            7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, July 17th      -  5:00 p.m. - Vespers
Sun, July 18th     8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy 
                            - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial (16 years): Adam Michalos


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 Church Office will be closed from July 13th through the 19th, as Sade will be on vacation.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on July 11:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on July 11:


We are excited to bring back our great Greek Festival – Live and in-person, with music & dancing. We are anxious to get back to normal and celebrate as a church and community. We look forward to a good and safe summer, and hope our festival adds to a healthy return to life as we knew it. 

The Festival will be held Thursday, August 19th thru Sunday, August 22nd. 

To make this all happen, we will need volunteers to fill over 600 shifts throughout the weekend. We ask that you find the time to volunteer with at least one shift, if not several.

Please be generous with your time!

You can sign up to volunteer three ways:

  • on line with SignUp Genius:

            Go to Click on Volunteer for the Festival

  • in Church:

            on sheets in the Cathedral Center or on the bulletin boards

  • contact Marguarite Stephanopoulos

            at or 917-459-7533.


Practices for our Senior Hellenic Dancers are on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Giving App is an online giving tool that makes it simple to safely/securely give to our church anywhere at any time. You can download the giving app onto your phone, or click the green "Give Now" button on the church website. Your gift goes directly to the church. Plus, you can track all your gifts, setup recurring donations, and more!


We appreciate the response to our call for coffee hour hosts! However, there are still upcoming open dates:

  • Aug 15th
  • Sept 5th
  • Sept 12th
  • Sept 26th
  • Oct 17th
  • Oct 24th (and beyond)

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


There is still time to join Philoptochos for the 2021 Year. PLEASE consider being part of a group that makes a difference in the lives of so many. Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos has a strong and outstanding history supporting not only those from our own community but in the greater Cleveland Community as well.

To become a member or renew your old membership, you can pick up a form in the office or visit the website: Not sure if you've signed up? See list of all Philoptochos members below!

For more updates on the work of Philoptochos, you can visit the Saints Constantine & Helen Philoptochos Facebook page at



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)  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.

3)  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.

4) St. Innocent Church in Olmsted Falls will be hosting a regional young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Saturday, August 28th. Details are forthcoming, but save the date for now. The previously announced young adult picnic at St. Elias Church is being rescheduled to a later date. 

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.

St. Herman's Pizza Dinner

 Faith in Action will be serving Guy's Pizza for dinner to the St. Herman's community on Saturday, July 17th at 5:30 p.m. We will be serving the food outside. If you are interested in contributing money toward the pizza/dinner, bringing items for the dinner, or in helping serve the dinner, please contact Peter and Denise Poulos. Below are the items needed:

-Guy's Pizza (approximately $350 in cost);
-90 pieces of fruit;
-90 snacks;
-90 candy bars;
-90 water bottles; and
-90 styrofoam containers.


 Zelma George Christmas In July Family Luau

 We will host a Christmas In July Family Luau for the 37 families we serve at the Zelma George Family Shelter, on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 12-4pm. Help us make this day special for them! We are seeking assistance with following list of items:

  • Food and Grill Donations:  Charcoal and lighter fluid for the grill. Hot dogs/Hamburger, chips, drinks, potato salad, and baked beans (for approx. 120 people)
  • Fun Activities: groups to host hands-on activities (face painters, arts and crafts. Groups are responsible for their own materials) 
  • School Supply Donations: we are gearing up for a new school year and collecting book bags and supplies (list can be provided).
  • Snack Bag Donations for kids: Candy, chips, juices, (headcount provided)
  • Family Gifts: Board games and toys that support family involvement are highly encouraged. Gift cards to restaurants, (Age list provided).
  • Hygiene Items: Body wash, shampoo, deodorant, socks, hair gel, brushes. 
  • Volunteers to assist with event!


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)


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 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. 


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 Great Martyr Euphemia in the 3rd Tone

O Euphemia, Christ's comely virgin, thou didst fill the Orthodox with gladness and didst cover with shame all the heretics; for at the holy Fourth Council in Chalcedon, thou didst confirm what the Fathers decreed aright. O all-glorious Great Martyr, do thou entreat Christ God that His great mercy may be granted unto us.

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 2nd Tone

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.