Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-08-08
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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


Aug 8, 2021


MATINS:              8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:             9:30 a.m.
     PROSFORA:    Connie Tsironis 
     PANGARI:       Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
     EPISTLE:         Romans 15:1-7 
     GOSPEL:          Matthew 9:27-35 
                              (GREEK TEXT p.106, black book)
    COFFEE HOUR: Hosted by the Cherpas Family & Caryn's Friends
    MEMORIAL      (6 years): Caryn Cherpas



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:1-7.

Brethren, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:27-35

At that time, as Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


Wisdom of the Fathers

He delivered them first from their want of faith. The affliction of the dumb man was not natural ... wherefore also he needs others to bring him. ... For this cause neither does He require faith of him, but straightway heals the disease.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 32 on Matthew 9, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Aug 9th      - 8:30 a.m. -  Festival baking: Kourembiethes & Finikia 
                            - 7:00 p.m. - Supplication Service
                             - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Weds, Aug 11th   7:00 p.m. - Supplication Service
Thurs, Aug 12th  - 8:30 a.m. - Festival baking: syrup Finikia, make sampler boxes
Fri, Aug 13th        - 7:00 p.m. - Supplication Service
Sat, Aug 14th       - 7:00 p.m. - Vespers at Annunciation Church
Sun, Aug 15th       - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                             - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
Mon, Aug 16th      - 8:30 a.m. - Festival baking: cup pastries


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Aug 8:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Aug 8:


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 updated attendance rules state that masks are recommended indoors. 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.

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. 


We still need volunteers for the festival.  Great strides have been made over the past few days, but we still need to fill over 120 shifts, which are listed below.

We really need you to be generous with your time!

Thursday, 8/19                                        Friday, 8/20         

3:30 - 7:00  -  12 needed                            3:30 - 7:30  -  13 needed 

5:00 - 9:00  -  3 needed                              5:00 - 9:00  -  3 needed

7:00 - 10:00  -  16 needed                          7:30 - 11:30  -  22 needed     

Saturday, 8/21                                      Sunday, 8/22

3:30 - 7:30  -  5 needed                            11:30 - 3:00  -  4 needed

                                                                  3:00 - 6:00  -  12 needed

7:30 - 11:30  -  24 needed                         5:00 - 8:00  -  4 needed

                                                                  6:00 - 9:30  -  30 needed

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 or Anna Warren at or 216-287-6890. 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:

  • Sept 5th
  • 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.


1)  Online registration for all 2021-2022 youth ministry programs (HOPE/JOY, GOYA, young adults) is now live. Families interested in participating are encouraged to sign up to receive communications for the next ministry/school year. Contact Ted for the links or with any questions. Register by Sunday, September 5th.

2)  St. Innocent Church in Olmsted Falls will be hosting a regional young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Saturday, August 28th, from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mother Magdalena will be speaking on "Healthy Relationships in a Broken World." Vespers and a meal will follow.  

3)  New altar boys are being accepted this fall. Boys must

1) be 10 years old or older,

2) willing to commit to regular attendance and

3) attend an orientation on Saturday, Sept 18th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Names should be given to Ted Cherpas ( by September 15th.

4) St. Elias Church in Akron will be hosting a regional young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Saturday, September 18th. Vespers will be followed by a potluck supper and a talk by a TBD guest speaker. See you then!


Upcoming Events:

Sunday, September 12th will be in-person registration for both Greek School and Orthodox Education classes. New registrants for preschool, please register by this date. Registration forms will be sent out soon.

Sunday, September 19th will be the first day of Orthodox Education in-person classes.

Saturday, September 25th will be the first day of Greek School classes for 1st-6th grades at 10 am. The following Saturday, the Preschool/Kindergarten Greek classes will begin at 9am - 10 am. If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


A Good Night for a Good Cause will be held in support of the St. Nicholas Uganda Children's Fund from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
9650 Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Mentor, OH 44060

Please join us at a Silent Auction to raise money to provide for the education, health, and welfare of Ugandan children, teens, and young adults. Bidding ends at 8:00p.m. Handmade Ugandan Crafts will be available for purchase.  Questions? Call Peggy: 440 255-0071 or visit


The Sts. Constantine and Helen community would like to extend its thanks to the members of Scout Troop #22 and particularly the Skubas family for building and installing two new benches and barrel planters outside the Mayfield entrance to the church.

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)


To become a Philoptochos member or renew your old membership, you can pick up a form in the office or visit the website: 

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


We invite all clergy and laypeople (18+) to participate in the Assembly of Bishops Mental Health Needs Assessment. The survey can be found on their websiteIt is designed to inform us in prioritizing our next steps in creating mental health resources that resonate with our faithful. Any questions may be directed to:


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those guarding it became as dead. Mary stood at your grave seeking your pure body. But you stripped the power of Hades, yet were not touched by corruption. You met the virgin and granted her life. O Lord, who

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Transfiguration in the Grave Tone

You were transfigured upon the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Your disciples Your glory as much as they could bear. Do also in us, sinners though we be, shine Your everlasting light, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Giver of light. Glory to You.

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 Grave Tone

You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.