Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-10-17
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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


Oct 17, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:           Team A
                PROSFORA:         Katina Nicolukakis
               PANGARI:            Team B: Marguarite Stephanopoulos, Jason Berry, Costa Sarris
               EPISTLE:              Titus 3:8-15

               GOSPEL:               Luke 8:5-15
               GREEK TEXT:        p. 142
               GOYA Meeting      - 11:30 a.m.
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, Jesus, having risen from the dead, stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.

Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high."

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For by seed here He means His doctrine, and by land, the souls of men, and by the sower, Himself .... For as the sower makes no distinction in the land submitted to him, but simply and indifferently casts his seed; so He Himself too makes no distinction of rich and poor, of wise and unwise, of slothful or diligent, of brave or cowardly; but He discourses unto all, fulfilling His part, although foreknowing the results.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 44 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

When you see life's pleasures, beware that they might not distract you, for they conceal death's snares. Likewise a fisherman casts not his hook to no purpose. As bait for his hook, the enemy uses the delusion of sensuality to arouse desire, that he might thereby catch men's souls and subject them to himself. A soul which has been caught to serve the enemy's will then serves as a snare for other souls, for it conceals the grief of sin with its apparent delight.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
A Spiritual Psalter no 43, pg. 74, 4th century


This Week


Mon, Oct 18th     - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:30 p.m.    - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Oct 19th    - 6:30 p.m.    - Boys Basketball practice
Weds, Oct 20th   - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
Thurs, Oct 21st   - 6:30 p.m.   - Boys Basketball practice
Sun, Oct 24th     - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                           - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
                           - 10:45 a.m.  - Memorial: Anastasia Karides (1 year)


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 17th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Oct 17th:


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:

  • Nov 7th 
  • Nov 28th
  • Dec 12th
  • Dec 19th (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 a.m. This week’s speaker will be Dr. Peter Gilbert on the topic "1054: What Happened, and Does It Matter?".


You are invited to our new book study group, "Come and See - Learning or Relearning About the Orthodox Church." This is a 5-week program, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM, from October 20th thru November 17th. We will be studying Part 2 of a familiar book, The Orthodox Church, by Timothy Ware, that was revised a few years ago.

“As a teenager I first encountered the book by chance, in my local library, and it was a source of inspiration then and now.”  - Fr. Stephen

A book will be given to you as soon as you register for the group. If you decide to attend, please let Fr. Stephen know, so that he can get a book to you as soon as possible.

Please indicate your interest with an email to


The Sts. Constantine and Helen Philoptochos Fall Fundraiser is a Drive Thru Gyro and Pastry Sale .  Place your order online by November 3rd at  Drive thru order pickup is on Saturday, November 6th.  ONLINE AND PREPAID ORDERS ONLY. 

Thank you in advance for your support!


St. Herman House / FOCUS Cleveland Annual November Fundraiser, "Make A Joyful Noise!" will be held Monday, November 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Presenting Music and Art from St. Herman House. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25. Purchase online at or call Santhe Loizos at 216-232-6003.


Philoptochos is seeking volunteers to help with the Gyro Sale in November.  You can visit to volunteer to help out.

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


October 24th -- Crafts and/or games for PreK-2nd, Game day for 3rd-6th  Special Speaker for 7th-12th.

October 31st -- Muffins with Mom for Kindergarten & 5th/6th Grades

November 7th -- Muffins with Mom for 1st/2nd & 9th/10 grades and Game day for 7th/8th

If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


 1) There are still spots available for the 2021 Young Adult Fall Retreat @ Camp Nazareth (ages 21 - 35ish). The retreat will be the weekend of October 22nd - 24th, and guest speaker Kyra Limberakis will be talking about "Resilience in Christ." To sign up, visit:

2) 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.

3) The2021 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.

4) Registration for the annual OCF college conference opens this weekend. This annual retreat for college students will take place Dec 27 - 30 @ the Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. This event always sells out very quickly! To reserve your spot, visit:

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)


St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church is pleased to present a hilarious night of comedy and fun featuring Basile the Comedian on Saturday, November 6th. Doors are at 6:30 with DJ Mav opening. Heavy hors d'oeuvres included in ticket price; cash bar. To purchase tickets, visit or email with any questions.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Tone

You descended from on high, O merciful Lord, and accepted the three-day burial in order to free us from our passions. Glory to you, O Lord, our life and our resurrection.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal 4th Tone

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.

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.