Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-09-12
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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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Past Bulletins


Sept 12, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               PROSFORA:          Cynthia Asimakopoulos
               PANGARI:             Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
               EPISTLE:               Galatians 6:11-18
               GOSPEL:               John 3:13-17
               GREEK TEXT:        p. 204
               MEMORIAL:          40 Day Memorial: Dr Marinos Hionis
               PHILOPTOCHOS: - 11:00 a.m. - Officers Oath
               COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: the Hionis family (Cathedral Center)


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

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 Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17

The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For since Nicodemus had said, "We know that Thou art a teacher come from God," on this very point He sets him right, all but saying, "Think Me not a teacher in such manner as were the many of the prophets who were of earth, for I have come from heaven (but) now. None of the prophets hath ascended up thither, but I dwell there."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century

For not in heaven only is He, but everywhere, and He fills all things; but yet He speaks according to the infirmity of His hearer, desiring to lead him up little by little ... For after having spoken of the very great benefaction that had come to man by Baptism, He proceeds to mention another benefaction, which was the cause of this, and not inferior to it; namely, that by the Cross ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Sept 13th    - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Sept 14th   - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Holy Cross)
Sat, Sept 18th     - 1:00 p.m. - Acolyte Class
                             - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers
Sun, Sept 19th    8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                            - 10:45 a.m. - 1 year Memorial: Dorothy Kappos


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Sept 12th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Sept 12th:


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 more cautious. 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).

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. 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!


On Sun. Sept. 26th there will be a special reception after the Liturgy to thank all who helped make our 2021 Greek Festival a success. Please come!


We appreciate the response to our call for coffee hour hosts! The following dates are still open for YOUR chance to host:

  • Oct 17th
  • Nov 7th 
  • Nov 21st
  • Nov 28th (and beyond)

Coffee Hour has returned to our downstairs hall unless other events preclude it (as is the case this week). Please call the church office or email to volunteer. All local regulations regarding food service must be respected.


1)   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.

2)  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!

3) The Metropolis is launching a new HOPE/JOY (kindergarten - 6th grade) ministry: The Parable Program!"Starting September 1...parishes will receive a video containing a lesson on a parable and a step-by-step explanation and demonstration on a craft project that ties into the parable." Interested families may contact Ted to get involved.

4) YES North America is hosting a special series for youth ages 16 -25 entitled "Let Yourself Be Interrupted." The group will meet via Zoom from 8pm - 9pm on the following Tuesdays: September 14th, 21st, and 28th. Each week will feature a different reflection and small discussion groups. To participate, you must register by Sunday, September 12th. Contact Ted for the link to get signed up.


Upcoming Events:

In-person registration for both Greek School and Orthodox Education classes will be held this Sunday, September 12th - Stop by the table in the lobby to sign your children up. New registrants for preschool, please register by this date. 

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


Philoptochos is holding a Sock and Belt Drive. All donations of socks and belts will help the children of Fairfax School.  Please place all items in the donation bin as you walk in the church and have all donations in by October 1, 2021. Thank you!

Our Hearts and Wallets Fundraiser will be held October 14th this year. We look forward to seeing everyone for fellowship, fun, appetizers & wine.

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

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)


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

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 Apodosis of Nativity of the Theotokos in the 4th Tone

Thy Nativity, O Theotokos, hath procliamed joy to the whole world; for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, annulling the curse and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

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 4th Tone

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."