Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-10-24
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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 24, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:           Team A
               PROSFORA:         Despina Tsiliandis
               PANGARI:            Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
               EPISTLE:              II Corinthians 9:6-11
               GOSPEL:               Luke 8:26-39
               GREEK TEXT:        p. 146
MEMORIAL:            10:45 a.m. - Anastasia Karides (1 year)
               Beloved wife of John, mother to Emmanuel (Linda), George (Georgia),
                Theodore (Kim), and William (Lisa), sister of Niko Stratigos,
               yia-yia to 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and step-grandchildren. 
               COFFEE HOUR : the Karides brothers
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 9:6-11.

Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39

At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Some say, 'Why do they [demons] possess people?' I answer those who wish to have this explained that the reason of these things is very deep. Somewhere one of His saints addressed God by saying, 'Your judgments are a vast abyss.' As long as we bear this in mind, we will perhaps not miss the mark.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 44. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


This Week


Mon, Oct 25th     - 6:00 p.m. - Vespers
                                                (at St Demetrios, Rocky River)
                           - 6:30 p.m.  - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:00 p.m.  - Adult Greek, Beginners
                           - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Oct 26th    - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                                                (at St Demetrios, Rocky River)
                           - 6:30 p.m.  -  Boys Basketball practice
Weds, Oct 27th   - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:00 p.m.  -  Come and See-
                                                 Learning or Relearning About the Orthodox Church
Thurs, Oct 28th  -  9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Holy Protection)
                           -  10:30 a.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners (online)
                           -  11:30 a.m. - Adult Greek, intermediate (online)
                           - 6:30 p.m.  -  Boys Basketball practice
Sat, Oct 30th      - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers 

Sun, Oct 31st     - 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 Oct 24th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Oct 24th:


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.


Donations of pure olive oil for the votive lamp on the Altar Table. 


Coffee Hour has returned to our downstairs hall unless other events preclude it. We are now looking to fill dates in early 2022! Please send an email to or call the church office to volunteer.  All local regulations regarding food service must be respected.


We are pleased to announce the return of the Orthodox Forum. This week’s speaker will be Dr. Peter Gilbert, presenting part two of his lecture, "1054: What Happened, and Does It Matter?" The presentation will begin at 11:30 a.m.



The Sts. Constantine and Helen Philoptochos Fall Fundraiser is a Drive Thru Gyro and Greek Pastry Sale.  To place your order online by November 3rd please click on this link: (Note: there currently is a technical issue with We are working to get it fixed soon!)  Drive thru order pickup is on Saturday, November 6th


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


 1) 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.

2) A young adult "Friendsgiving" potluck will be hosted by Annunciation, Akron on Sunday, November 14th @ 3:00 p.m. This event will be a "last hurrah" before the Nativity fast begins. RSVP to by November 7th. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish...and a friend!

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:


October 24th -- Crafts and/or games for PreK-2nd, Game day for 3rd-6th grades.  We will have as a guest James Basilion who will speak to 7th-12th grade students on the IOCC.

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

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.


Metropolis of Pittsburgh Family Ministry Committee presents a Couples Retreat, Renewed Day by Day: Enlivening Our Marriage Committment. The event happens on Saturday, November 13th at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, 4548 Wallings Rd. in North Royalton. Fr. Alexander Goussetis, Director of the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese will be the speaker. This retreat will feature video clips, couples exercises, wisdon from Church saints on the purpose/goal of marriage - all in an interactive and joyful setting. For details, visit:


The Nafpaktian Cultural Foundation Inc. is hosting their Annual Glendi/Scholarship Presentations on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 8:00 p.m. - ? The event takes place at the Nafpaktian Building, 7890 Brookside Road in Olmsted Falls. Admission is $15.00, and there will be music by Karizma as well as a cash bar/cash appetizers. For more information or reservations, please contact: Vickie Douzos at 440-734-8795 or Zoe Mavrakis at 330-425-9623.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Arethas in the 1st Tone

The holy martyrs suffered painful tortures for Your sake, O Lord; be constrained by what they endured, and heal our every pain, we entreat You, as the only One who loves humanity.

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.