Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-08-15
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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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Aug 15, 2021


MATINS:               8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:             9:30 a.m.
     PROSFORA:    Artemis Papouras 
     PANGARI:        Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
     EPISTLE:          Philippians 2:5-11 
     GOSPEL:          Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28 
    COFFEE HOUR: Evangline & Nick Skubas



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
The Reading is from Luke 1:39-49, 56

In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Luke 1: 46-48.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Verse: For he has regarded the humility of his servant.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 2:5-11.

Brethren, have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel Reading

The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
The Reading is from Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

At that time, Jesus entered a village; and a woman called Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve you alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!" But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

The death of the Theotokos was also life-bearing, translating her into a celestial and immortal life ... Its commemoration not merely renews the memory of the wondrous deeds of the Mother of God, but also adds thereto the strange gathering at her all-sacred burial of all the sacred apostles conveyed from every nation ...
St. Gregory Palamas
Homily on the Dormition., 14th Century


This Week


Mon, Aug 16th      - 8:30 a.m. -  Festival baking: cup pastries 
                              - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Thurs, Aug 19th   - 4:00 p.m. - GREEK FESTIVAL
Fri, Aug 20th         - 4:00 p.m. - GREEK FESTIVAL
Sat, Aug 21st        - 12:00 p.m. - GREEK FESTIVAL 
                               - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers

Sun, Aug 22nd      - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                               - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                               - 12:00 p.m. - GREEK FESTIVAL


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 15:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Aug 15:


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 have made great strides recently, but we still need to fill over 90 different festival shifts, which are listed below. This includes the Food Line, Mezedakia, Pastry, Grab & Go but does NOT include As Needed/floating shifts! We really need you to be generous with your time so the Festival flows smoothly for our guests and community members alike.

Thursday, 8/19                                  Friday, 8/20         

3:30 - 7:00  -  12 needed                            3:30 - 7:30  -  4 needed 

5:00 - 9:00  -  3 needed                              5:00 - 9:00  -  1 needed

7:00 - 10:00  -  16 needed                          7:30 - 11:30  -  18 needed     

Saturday, 8/21                                      Sunday, 8/22

11:30 - 3:00  -  1 needed                           11:30 - 3:00  -  1 needed

3:30 - 7:30  2 needed                              3:00 - 6:00  -  8 needed

7:30 - 11:30  -  12 needed                         5:00 - 8:00  -  2 needed

                                                                  6:00 - 9:30  -  20 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.


We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare tzatziki and put the finishing touches on in preparation for the Festival.  Please join us at the following times:

Mon   - 9:30 am  pastry cupping, pastry samplers, making boxes

         - 6:00 pm  tzatziki cupping, pastry samplers, making boxes

Tues  - 6:00 pm  tzatziki cupping, pastry samplers, making boxes

Weds - 6:00 pm tzatziki cupping, pastry samplers, making boxes 

                      outside setup

Please forward any questions to Molly Drenen at Thank you!


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  with a talk by Fr. Nicholas Halkias of Holy Trinity, Canton. 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

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)


 Save the Date!

  • Sept 12th Philoptochos Membership Meeting
  • Sept. 30th Philoptochos annual Hearts and Wallets

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


On Sat., Sept. 11, the Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos will honor its feast day with a service beginning at 9:00 AM. Anyone wishing to car pool to the celebration may contact Fr. Stephen at or 216-932-3300 x6. 


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: 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!


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.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

By your cross you destroyed death, and opened paradise to the thief. You transformed the sorrow of the Myrrh-bearers, and commanded the apostles to proclaim that you have risen from the dead, Christ our God, granting to the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Dormition of the Theotokos in the 1st Tone

In giving birth you retained your virginity, and in dormition you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated unto life, being the Mother of Life. And thus by virtue of your intercessions you deliver our souls from death.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.