Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-11-21
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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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Nov 21, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:          Team B
               PROSFORA:         Maria Misthos
               PANGARI:           Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, Bill Chevako
               EPISTLE:             Hebrews 9:1-7
               GOSPEL:              Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28
               40 DAY BLESSING - 10:45 a.m. - Rainn Nicholas Sevastos, son of Don and Pamela
               COFFEE HOUR HOST the Stephanopoulos family 
                                          (in the Cathedral Center)
               STREAMING SERVICE:


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
The Reading is from Luke 1:39-49, 56

In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Luke 1: 46-48.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Verse: For he has regarded the humility of his servant.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:1-7.

BRETHREN, the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.

Gospel Reading

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
The Reading is from Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

At that time, Jesus entered a village; and a woman called Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve you alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!" But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

When Mary loved Him, and sat at His feet, the gift that was added to her was no casual gift; He gave her a certain hidden virtue from His own substance. The very words which God spoke in peace to Mary were so many spirits, and a power; ...
St. Makarios the Great
Homily XII, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Nov 22nd    - 6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
                            - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Nov 23rd     - 6:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball practice
Weds, Nov 24th    - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy (St. Katherine)- We are honoring her one day early.
                             - 6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
Thurs, Nov 25th    - THANKSGIVING DAY 
Fri, Nov 26th         OFFICE CLOSED
Sat, Nov 27th        5:00 p.m. - Vespers 
Sun, Nov 28th        - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                              - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
- 10:45 a.m. - Memorial: Angelo Sarris (40 days)
                              - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial: Mihail Marangos (4 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 Nov 21st:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Nov 21st:


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. 


Please join the Stephanopoulos Family after Church for a Reception to celebrate Fr. Robert's birthday.


Our Parish General Assembly will take place Sunday, December 5, at 11:30 AM or as soon as possible thereafter.   

As part of the agenda, there will be an election of Parish Council Members, in which six positions for the Council will be filled.

The Archdiocese Regulations state, "A candidate for the Parish Council must be a parishioner in good standing of the Parish for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of the election and must live his or her life in accordance with the Faith and canons of the Church... All candidates shall attend a seminar conducted by the Priest prior to the election at which the Priest shall discuss and explain to the candidates the Uniform Parish Regulations, and the significance of the affirmation of office."

Those interested in serving our parish as a Council member are invited to  contact any member of the Elections Committee: Anna Vedouras, Alex Kappos, George Kappos.


Please help Philoptochos put a smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning.  Philoptochos is again collecting gifts for the children staying in the Zelma George shelter.  There are approximately 90 children, ages infant to 18.  Please help by either donating new toys ($15 - $25 price range) or making a cash donation which will be used to purchase gifts.  Place all unwrapped toys in the brown donation box or send monetary donations to Philoptochos (3352 Mayfield Road, Clev Hts, OH 44118) with Zelma George in the memo line on or before December 12th.   Please contact Maria Giannirakis or Anna Warren with questions. 


There will be no Adult Greek classes the week of November 22nd-28th for Thanksgiving break.  We'll resume Tuesday and Wednesday classes at 7 pm on November 30th before taking a  2 week Christmas break starting the week of December 20th through New Year's. If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


Please help us prepare for our Christmas bake sale.   We are grateful for any amount of time you can give us.  We begin baking at 9 am on the following dates:  December 4th (pites), December 11th, December 18th

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


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're trying a new way to order this year! Scan the code below on your smartphone to go right to our order form. Haven't used a QR code before? Just open the camera app on your phone, point it at the QR code below, and then tap the pop-up banner (yes, it works if you point your phone at your computer!). Of course, you can still always pick up an order form on the glass cases outside the Cathedral Center.


We will not meet this Sunday in order to participate in scheduled community activities. Please join us again on Sunday, November 28th at 11:30 am when the speaker will be Dennis Bell on the topic “The Kingdom of Heaven is …


November 21st -- Granolas with Grandparents 

November 28th -- speaker for 7th-12th grade

If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


 1) GOYA Christmas Card: It’s that time of year again when GOYA can assist you with your holiday greetings. Wish others in our community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year by e-mailing Ted at or by picking up an order form on the youth bulletin board. The deadline for orders is Sunday, December 5th..

2) Orthodoxy on Tap will have its next young adult event (ages 21 - 35ish) on Friday, December 3rd @ 7:00 p.m. We will be meeting at St. Paul Church, North Royalton. Our speaker is still TBA, but plan on attending! Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, Dec 1st to

3) GOYA Athletics Online Registration is now online! All GOYAns, potential adult chaperones, and coaches must register with the Metropolis online to participate in the 2022 tournaments. Registration is available at Contact Ted with any questions.

4) GOYA's November meeting has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 28th. We will review important information for the 2022 tournaments including our assigned destinations. See you there!

5)  The Archdiocese Center for Family Care is offering weekly family devotionals for the duration of the Nativity fast (Nov 15 - Dec 25). These video reflections are available for free via YouTube or the Archdiocese website

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)


Due to the uncertainty of the Cornavirus restrictions there will not be a St. Nicholas luncheon this year. Philoptochos will instead offer something for those families, friends and students that attend the OE St. Nicholas Program.

If you would like to sponsor or honor a loved one named Nicholas, Nicole, Nikki, etc., please mail your check to Helen Primbas at 7280 Summerhill Dr. Painesville, OH 44077

Any proceeds benefit Philoptochos charities.


A cafe in Chesterland is looking for assistance in making spanakopita, tiropita etc. PT or FT hours available. Contact Athena Gallo at 216 732-1667 for more information.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us, the faithful, give praise and worship to the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit and born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of his own will he mounted the cross in the flesh, suffered death, and raised the dead by his glorious resurrecti

Apolytikion for Entry of the Theotokos in the 4th Tone

Today is the prelude of God's good will and the heralding of the salvation of mankind. In the temple of God, the Virgin is presented openly, and she proclaimeth Christ unto all. To her, then, with a great voice let us cry aloud: Rejoice, O thou fulfilment of the Creator's dispensation.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.