Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-09-19
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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 19, 2021


MATINS:                              - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                             - 9:30 a.m.
               PROSFORA:          Anna Tsagaras
               PANGARI:             Team B: Marguarite Stephanopoulos, Jason Berry, Costa Sarris
               EPISTLE:               Galatians 2:16-20
               GOSPEL:               Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
               GREEK TEXT:       p. 204
               MEMORIAL:   10:45 a.m. - In memory of these fallen asleep: Dorothy (1 year) and George (8 years) Kappos; Helen (9 years) and Nicholas (14 years) Nicholaides; Pauline Economou (13 years); Mary (2 years) and Alex (10 years) Mekedis, remembered by their loving families.
               MEMORIAL:   10:45 a.m. - Ellen Karavalos (5 years), wife of Michael and mother of Nicholas and Alexander; daughter of Harry Miklis (deceased) and Emily; daughter-in-law of Edward Karavolos (deceased) and Tulip Karavolos; sister-in-law of John and Mary Paliobeis.
              MEMORIAL:   10:45 a.m. - Harry Miklis (27 years), husband of Emily and father of Ellen
              MEMORIAL:   10:45 a.m. - Edward Karavolos (10 years), husband of Tulip and father of Mary (John) Paliobeis and Michael (Ellen, deceased) Karavolos.

              40-day Blessing: Steven J Demetriou IV, son of Steven & Carly

               COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: the Kappos / Miklis / Karavalos / Paliobeis families
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Wisdom of the Fathers

"I force not, I compel not, but each one I make lord of his own choice; wherefore also I say, 'If any man will.' For to good things do I call you, not to things evil, or burdensome; not to punishment and vengeance, that I should have to compel.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Sept 20th    - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Sept 25th     - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers
Sun, Sept 26th    8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                            - 11:30 a.m. - Festival Appreciation Reception


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 19th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Sept 19th:


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.


Next Sunday, September 26, 2021, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas will be here to dedicate the bell tower and new front patio. And…

There will be a Special Reception to express our appreciation for all who helped make our 2021 Festival a success. The reception will begin at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

In the words of our Festival Chairman and Parish Council President, Marguarite Stephanopoulos, "I would just like people to come and enjoy and know they are appreciated. It's going to be like a Christmas Eve reception. Lots of food and drink!"

We hope to see you there!


The St. Macrina Bible Study group has re"zoom"ed as of Wednesday, September 15th, and are meeting from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  We've selected the book "RENEWING YOU" by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Louh and Dr. Roxanne Louh for our study this Fall.  This book presents a plan that combines principles of spiritual growth with psychological tools to help you become your best self, fully connected with God's purpose for you.  We welcome new members.  For details contact


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


Sunday, September 19th is 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


1)    Several bishops including our own Metropolitan Savas will host a youth "townhall" Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 28th @ 7:00 p.m. His Eminence and the other hierarchs will talk to students directly and answer their questions. To register for this, visit:

2)  GOYA will have a Metropolis-wide "Idea Swap" Zoom call on Sunday, October 3rd @ 7:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity to reconnect with friends from camp & tournaments, and share plans for fun activities in 2021. Contact Ted for the information to sign up.

3) St. Kyranna Young Adult Cooking Class ages 21 - 35ish) will have its next meeting on Friday, October 15th @ 7:00 p.m. Our guest instructor will be Mrs. Katherine Kartalis. Fellowship with wine & board games will follow after class. RSVP to Ted at by Monday, October 11th.

4) GOYA will be making an outreach visit to St. Herman's House of Hospitality on Saturday, October 16th. This will be our fall service project. All youth families are encouraged to participate and help serve the meal. Send RSVPs and questions to


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)


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

The joyful news of your resurrection was told to the women disciples of the Lord by the angel. Having thrown off the ancestral curse, and boasting, they told the apostles: death has been vanquished, Christ our God. is risen, bestowing on the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the 1st Tone

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

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

Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.