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


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:           Team B
                PROSFORA:         Anna Tsagaris
               PANGARI:            Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
               EPISTLE:              II Corinthians
               GOSPEL:               Luke 7:11-16
               GREEK TEXT:        p. 140
                MEMORIAL:         10:45 a.m. -  2 Year Memorial for Irini Paliobeis, Mother of John (Mary)
                COFFEE HOUR HOSTS: the Paliobeis & Karavolos Families
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 7:11-16

At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

That dead man was being buried, and many friends were conducting him to his tomb. But there meets him Christ, the Life and Resurrection, for He is the destroyer of death and of corruption; He it is "in Whom we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28); He it is Who has restored the nature of man to that which it originally was; and has set free our death-fraught flesh from the bonds of death.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homily 36.42, p. 153., 5th Century

The virgin's son met the widow's son. He became like a sponge for her tears and as life for the death of her son. Death turned about in its den and turned its back on the victorious one.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
Commentary on Tatian's Diatessaron, 6.23. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. vol. 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


This Week


Mon, Oct 11th     - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:30 p.m.    - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Oct 12th    - 6:30 p.m.    - Boys Basketball practice
Weds, Oct 13th   - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
Thurs, Oct 14th   - 6:30 p.m.   - Boys Basketball practice
Fri, Oct 15th        - 7:00 p.m. - St. Kyranna Cooking Class

Sat, Oct 16th       - 5:00 p.m.   - Vespers
Sun, Oct 17th     8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                           - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
                           - 11:30 a.m. - GOYA Meeting


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 10th:

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.


Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, October 11th. Calls and emails will be returned as soon as possible on Tuesday the 12th.


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 at 11:30 am. This week’s speaker will be Dr. Michael Manos on the topic ‘The Modern Ascetic: The Mystical Search for God’.


If you are interested in an adult Greek class, please email Maria Sikoutris at with any questions or to register.  The deadline is Thursday, October 14th.

There will be a beginner's in-person class on weekdays at 7 pm and an identical beginner's online class at 10:30 am Thursday mornings starting the week of October 18th.  Also, a more advanced online-only class will be offered Thursdays at 11:30 am.  The price is $50 for classes occurring once a week for 25 weeks with a break for Thanksgiving and a 2-week break for Christmas, plus an additional textbook cost.


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


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


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


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


ROOM CHANGE: First and Second grade students are now in the Bar area, as another event is taking place in the conference room. 

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) 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.

2) 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
3) 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.

4) The 2021 GOYA Fall Retreat @ Camp Nazareth will take place the weekend of Nov 19th - Nov 21st. Dn. Jon McClish will be speaking on the theme: "Under His Umbrella." Camp registration is now online at Questions about the event may be sent to Marina Papafil at Contact Ted to reserve your spot in a St. Cons GOYA carpool.

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 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 Martyrs Eulampius & Eulampia in the 4th Tone

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

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.