Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-09-26
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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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Sept 26, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:           All
               PROSFORA:          Paula Kappos
               PANGARI:            Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
               EPISTLE:              I John 4:12-19
               GOSPEL:               John 19:25-27; 21:24-25
               SPECIAL RECEPTION: - 11:30 a.m.
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. John's First Universal Letter 4:12-19.

No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us.

Gospel Reading

The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian
The Reading is from John 19:25-27; 21:24-25

At that time, standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.


Wisdom of the Fathers

The sign that thou lovest God, is this, that thou lovest thy fellow; and if thou hatest thy fellow, thy hatred is towards God. For it is blasphemy if thou prayest before God while thou art wroth. For thy heart also convicts thee, that in vain thou multipliest words: thy conscience rightly judges that in thy prayers thou profitest nought.
St. Ephraim the Syrian

'God is love', and he who seeks to establish its bounds is like a blind man attempting to count the grains of sand in the deeps of the sea. In quality, love is the likeness of God, as far as this is possible to mortals; in action, it is intoxication of the soul; in its properties, it is the source of faith, the abyss of long-suffering, the sea of humility. Love is real renunciation of every contrary thought, for it 'thinketh no evil' (I Cor. 13:5). Love, passionlessness and sonship differ only in name. As light, fire and flame are combined in one single action, so it is with these three.
Monks Callistus and Ignatius
Directions to Hesychasts no. 90, Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart; Faber and Faber pg. 257


This Week


Mon, Sept 27th   - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Oct 2nd       - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers
Sun, Oct 3rd       8:15 a.m. - Matins
                           - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy



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 26th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Sept 26th:


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.


His Eminence Metropolitan Savas is here today 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!"


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 28th
  • Dec 12th (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.


September 26th -- OE Classes will have room changes for 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th grades for this day only. They will meet downstairs in the fellowship hall. 11th/12th grades will meet in the board room. All other grades are in the same rooms as last week. Parents in grades 4th and under, pick up your children no later than 11:30 am please.

October 3rd -- We will hold an Open House for parents to sit in with your child in class for grades PreK, 1st/2nd, 5th/6th and 9th/10th grades.

October 10th -- We will hold an Open House for Parents to sit with their children's class in grades Kindergarten, 3rd/4th, 7th/8th and 11th/12th grades.

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)


The Eastern Orthodox Women’s Guild will be holding their Annual pasta dinner fundraiser on Thursday , Oct. 14th. Doors open at 6:00, dinner 7:00, auction gift baskets. The event will take place at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 6822 Broadview Rd, Parma - for free tickets contact Katherine 216-225-7747


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us, the faithful, give praise and worship to the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit and born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of his own will he mounted the cross in the flesh, suffered death, and raised the dead by his glorious resurrecti

Apolytikion for Translation of John the Theologian in the 2nd Tone

O Apostle, beloved of Christ our God, hasten to deliver a defenceless people. He that allowed thee to recline on His breast, receiveth thee bowing in intercession. Implore Him, O Theologian, to dispel the persistent cloud of the heathen, and ask for us His peace and great mercy.

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.