Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-12-05
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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

Contact Information

Past Bulletins


Dec 05, 2021


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:          Team B
               PROSFORA:         Connie Tsironis
               PANGARI:           Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
               EPISTLE:             Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2
               GOSPEL:              Luke 13:10-17
               GREEK TEXT:       p. 158
               MEMORIALS:       - 10:45 a.m. - 40 day memorial in loving memory of Helen Patronis, beloved wife of the late Jordan Patronis, devoted mother of Jennifer and James Patronis, cherished sister and aunt to many in Greece. She devoted her life to her family and went to be with our Lord on Nov. 1st, 2021. She now rests peacefully in His arms. May her memory be eternal.
                                            - 10:45 a.m. - One year Memorial for Spiro J. Paravalos: Beloved husband for 66 years of Anna (nee Tsengas), Cherished Father of Callie (Peter) Sevastos, Eugenia (George) Sintsirmas, and John (Annette), Precious Grandfather of John (Nicole) Sevastos; Renee (Damian) Blakeley; Don (Pamela) Sevastos; Spiro, Alex, Demetri and Anna Sintsirmas; and Annemarie and Emanuel Paravalos, Great Grandfather of Peter, Raymond, Rini and Rainn Sevastos; Callie, Marianna and Francesca Blakeley.
                                        - 10:45 a.m. - One year Memorial for Zoe Poulos: Loving and devoted wife of Earnest N. Poulos. Adoring mother of Nicholas (Julie) Poulos and Fanette (Mitchell) Yelsky. The most wonderful Yaya to Jacob (Sydney) and Zoey Yelsky, and Hal Gibert. 
               COFFEE HOUR HOST:  Callie Sevastos


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 149.5,1.
The saints shall rejoice in glory.
Verse: Sing to the Lord a new song.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2.

Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

So great an evil is envy. For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Dec 6th       - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Nicholas)
 - 6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
                            - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Dec 7th      - 6:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball practice
                            - 7:00 p.m. - Parish Council Seminar
                            - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
Weds, Dec 8th     -  6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
                            - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
Thurs, Dec 9th     - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. Anna)
    - 6:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball practice 
Sat, Dec 11th       - 10:00 a.m. - Greek School 
                            5:00 p.m. - Vespers 
Sun, Dec 12th      - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
- 11:30 a.m. - OE Christmas program



Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Dec 5th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Dec 5th:


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 look for the schedule for house blessings in 2022, which will be included in the envelope with your 2022 church calendar.


Please volunteer to prepare prosforo for Sunday liturgy.  It’s an added blessing for your loved ones (living and departed) to have the extra prayers during the Proskomide service before liturgy.  If you would like to help, need a recipe or a “how-to lesson”, please contact Maria Misthos (call or text) at 440-552-3270.  


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


Our Parish General Assembly will take place this 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.


Let Philoptochos do the baking for you this year so that you have one less thing to worry about and more time to rest and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. Or give delicious pastry for Christmas!

This year ALL baking will be done to order and ONLY prepaid orders will be filled. Place your order by December 13th. Make your check out to Sts Constantine & Helen with “Christmas Bake Sale” in the memo and mail it to the church: 3352 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Hts. OH 44118. Pick up will be on Dec. 19th after the liturgy.

To place your order, scan this code on your smartphone to go directly 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 to the right, and then tap the yellow pop-up banner. Of course, you can still always pick up an order form on the glass cases outside the Cathedral Center or visit this link:


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. 


Adult Greek classes next  break for the Christmas holidays starts the week of December 20th and will last through New Year's. If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


December 12th -- OE Christmas Program
December 26th & January 2nd- Christmas break, no class.

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) 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.

3) Hellenic College will have a "Virtual Open House" for prospective undergraduate students on Thursday, December 16th from 6pm - 7pm. "The Open House will give you a sense of what it might be like for you to attend our undergraduate liberal arts, Orthodox college that overlooks downtown Boston." To register, send a text to 617-850-1345 or contact Ted for the link.

4) St. Kyranna Young Adult Cooking Class will have its next meeting on Saturday, December 18th @ 5:00 p.m. Our guest instructor will be Jasmin Frangos, and we'll be making vasilopita. Fellowship with wine & board games will follow after class.  RSVP to Ted at


Orthodox Forum will not meet this Sunday (12/5) so we all can  participate in the general assembly. Join us again next week after services.


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 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.

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)


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.


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 Sabbas the Sanctified in the Plagal 4th Tone

With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O Savas our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

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 3rd Tone

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.