Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-10-03
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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

Contact Information

Past Bulletins


Oct 3, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:           Team A
               PROSFORA:          Maria Sikoutris
               PANGARI:            Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
               EPISTLE:              II Corinthians 4:6-15
               GOSPEL:               Luke 6:31-36
               GREEK TEXT:        p.138
               MEMORIAL:         10:45 a.m. -  Dorothea Christ (40 days) Beloved wife of the late James G.
               Loving mother of Dean and Pamela (Robert) Schwarz. Dearest YiaYia of Emerson and Christina.
               MEMORIAL:         10:45 a.m. -  Maria Rodon (1 yr) Beloved wife to the late Guy R Rodon.
               Loving and dearest mother to April Rodon and Guy A. (Carole). YiaYia, great-grandmother,
               aunt and great aunt to many.
               MEMORIAL:         10:45 a.m. -  Diamond Charnas (1 yr) beloved wife of the late Nicholas,
               dearest mother of Bradford (Paulette), Douglas (Marianne), Elaine (James) and Laurel(Todd),
               loving YiaYia and great-grandmother.
               40 DAY BLESSING:         10:45 a.m. -  Garry William Regan, son of Bill and Giannoula Regan
               COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: April Rodon / Pam Schwarz / Elaine Maier
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.

Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


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

Let us then, bearing in mind all the things which have been said, show forth great love even towards our enemies; and let us ease away that ridiculous custom, to which many of the more thoughtless give way, waiting for those that meet them to address them first.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 18 on Matthew 5, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Oct 4th     - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
                         - 7:30 p.m.    - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Oct 5th    - 6:30 p.m.    - Boys Basketball practice
Weds, Oct 6th   - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
Thurs, Oct 7th   - 6:30 p.m.   - Boys Basketball practice
Sat, Oct 9th       - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers
Sun, Oct 10th     8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                           - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
                           - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial: Irini Paliobeis (2 yr)
                           - 10:45 a.m. - Memorials: Bill Nolidis,
                              John & Popie Papouras, Nikolas Samarinis.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Oct 3rd:

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.


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.


We are pleased to announce the return of the Orthodox Forum, meeting in the Conference Room this Sunday October third at 11:30 am. The  topic of discussion will be “the Ancestral Sin” with N. Papadakis presenting.


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


We are offering in-person classes once a week on Tuesdays, starting October 19th. Classes begin at 7 pm at the church and run for forty minutes. The same class will be held on-line via Zoom Thursday mornings at 10:30 am, starting October 21st. The entire series runs for 25 weeks with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and ends the week of April 19th.

Registration costs $50.00; there is an additional $62.00 charge for the
textbook with CDs, which can be bought on Amazon. There are a limited number of textbooks. The deadline to register is October 14th.

If you are interested in either the in-person or online format of this class, and have any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris as soon as possible at


Come and See- Learning or Relearning About the Orthodox Church, is a 5-week book study for anyone wishing to refresh his/her knowledge of the Orthodox Church. Wednesdays, 7-8 PM, starting on October 20. Please indicate your interest with an email to



ROOM CHANGE - as of OCT 3rd: First and Second grade students will be in the Bar area on Oct 3rd, as another event is taking place in the conference room. 

October 3rd -- We are holding an Open House for parents to sit in with your child in class for grades PreK, 1st/2nd, 5th/6th and 9th/10th grades. Please note: There will also be a parent meeting at the end of classes.

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)  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.

2) 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.

3) 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

4) Our annual parish Fall Fest will occur on Sunday, October 31st for all HOPE, JOY, and GOYA families from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. It will be a wonderful event with friends, games, candy, costumes, music, and more! We look forward to seeing you then. Contact Ted with any questions.


There will be a Gyro Sale on November 6th to benefit the work of Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos. Don't miss your chance to take home a delicious gyro meal for two or four, or some sweet treats for dessert! Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details in the near future.

The Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos Open Your Hearts Open Your Wallets benefit has been POSTPONED until 2022.

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 Orthodox Christian Women (OCW) of Akron invite you to their Annual Welcome and Fellowship Tea on Sunday, October 17th from 2 - 4 PM at the Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church
3365 Ridgewood Rd., Fairlawn. This will be an afternoon to share our faith and enjoy friendships together with food and refreshment.  All are welcome – men and women.

Speaker Presvytera Zafera Hadgigeorge Bartz was born in Youngstown, graduated from St. Basil’s Academy in 1948 and married Rev. George Bartz in June 1948.  They served the parishes St. Nicholas in Youngstown, Annunciation in Scranton, PA and Annunciation in Akron, OH.  She taught and supervised Sunday School and Greek School, and was an active Choir member.  She also participated in Philoptochos Ladies Society and was a founding member of Orthodox Christian Women as well as working alongside Fr. George supporting his ministry.

RSVP: Sandy Menhorn- (330) 354-7792 or Nancy Studebaker- (330) 807-7640


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 Dionysios the Areopagite in the 4th Tone

Since thou hadst been instructed in uprightness thoroughly and wast vigilant in all things, thou wast clothed with a good conscience as befitteth one holy. Thou didst draw from the Chosen Vessel ineffable mysteries; and having kept the Faith, thou didst finish a like course, O Hieromartyr Dionysios. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

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.