Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-07-18
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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 18, 2021


MATINS:               8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:              9:30 a.m.
     PROSFORA:     Maria Misthos
     PANGARI:         Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
     EPISTLE:          Titus 3:8-15 
     GOSPEL:           Matthew 5:14-19 
                               (GREEK TEXT p.100 , black book)
    COFFEE HOUR: hosted by Argie Michalos
    16 YEAR MEMORIAL: for Adam Michalos.




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. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 31.11,1.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.
Verse: Blessed are they whose transgressions have been forgiven.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Every work which does not have love as its beginning and root is nothing.
St. John Chrysostom
Unknown, 4th century


This Week


Mon, July 19th     - 8:30 a.m. -  Festival baking: Tiropita 
                            - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, July 20th    9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Prophet Elias)
Thurs, July 22nd  9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Markella)
Sat, July 24th       -  9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Christina)
                            - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers
Sun, July 25th     8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy


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.


 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)


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. 


Classical Learning Resource Center, CLRC, now offers accredited online modern Greek classes. The instructor, Dimitra Salavasili, is a native speaker and professional educator. In addition to 1-2 hours of live instruction each week, Ms. Salavasili provides structured homework to enable students to continue to practice the language at home. For more information, see the flyer on the bulletin board, email, visit the website or call (208) 267-5000.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Fathers in the Plagal 4th Tone

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.

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.