Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-10-31
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

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  • 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 31, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:         Team B
               PROSFORA:        Jen Moissis
               PANGARI:            Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
               EPISTLE:              II Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-9
               GOSPEL:               Luke 16:19-31
               GREEK TEXT:        p. 144

               COFFEE HOSTS : Sts. Constantine & Helen Choir
NOTE: coffee hour will be *upstairs* this week.
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eighth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:11-18

At that time, Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that He had said these things to her.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 2nd Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-9.

Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven -- whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise --whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows -- and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Gospel Reading

5th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 16:19-31

The Lord said, "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazaros, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazaros in his bosom. And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazaros to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazaros in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' But Abraham said, 'They have Moses, and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to them, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"


Wisdom of the Fathers

By these words it is surely shown that in his [the rich man] daily feasting he had frequently sinned by his tongue, seeing that, while burning all over, he demanded to be cooled especially in his tongue. Again, that levity of conduct follows closely upon gluttony sacred authority testifies ... For the most part also edacity leads us even to lechery, because, when the belly is distended by repletion, the stings of lust are excited.
St. Gregory the Dialogist
The Book of Pastoral Rule, Chapter XIX, 6th century

The man who has once chosen pleasure in this life, and has not cured his inconsiderateness by repentance, places the land of the good beyond his own reach; for he has dug against himself the yawning impassable abyss of a necessity that nothing can break through.
St. Gregory of Nyssa


This Week


Mon, Nov 1st       - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  (Sts. Cosmas & Damien)
                             - 6:30 p.m.  - Girls Basketball practice
                             - 7:00 p.m.  - Adult Greek, Beginners
                             - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Nov 2nd     - 6:30 p.m.  -  Boys Basketball practice
Weds, Nov 3rd    - 6:30 p.m.    - Girls Basketball practice
                            - 7:00 p.m.  -  Come and See-
                                                 Learning or Relearning About the Orthodox Church
                             - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners
                             - GYRO SALE ORDER DEADLINE
Thurs, Nov 4th     -  10:30 a.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners (online)
                             -  11:30 a.m. - Adult Greek, intermediate (online)
                             - 6:30 p.m.  -  Boys Basketball practice
Sat, Nov 6th         - Gyro & Greek Pastry Sale
                             - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers
Sun, Nov 7th        - 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 31st:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Oct 31st:


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. 


We are now looking to fill dates in early 2022! Please send an email to or call the church office to reserve your date.  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 Clay White, on the topic “An Orthodox Perspective on Halloween”. 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 this 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!  Bring your costumes to change into after services. And come stop by for a great autumn afternoon.

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:


Please note OE Classes have been cancelled for October 31st due to the Fall Fest. 

November 7th -- we will have Muffins with Mom for Kindergarten, 1st/2nd, 5th/6th,  & 9th/10 grades; and Game day for 7th/8th grades.

November 14th -- we will have Muffins with Mom for 3rd/4th, 7th/8th & 11th/12th grades.

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 2nd Tone

When you descended into death, O life immortal, you destroyed Hades with the splendor of your divinity, and when you raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers shouted: O giver of life, Christ our God, glory to you.

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.