Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-01-02
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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


Jan 2, 2022


MATINS:                             - 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                            - 9:30 a.m.
               ACOLYTES:          Team B
              PROSFORA:          Anna Tsagaris
               PANGARI:           Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Tom Parras
               EPISTLE:             II Timothy 4:5-8
               GOSPEL:              Mark 1:1-8
               GREEK TEXT:       p. 216
               VASOLOPITA CELEBRATION: 10:45 a.m.
               NO COFFEE HOUR


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. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 4:5-8.

TIMOTHY, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.

For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Epiphany
The Reading is from Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' John was baptizing in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Everyone that preaches true faith and good works, what does he do but prepare the way of the Lord so that He may come into the hearts of his hearers, and may make straight the path for God, forming right dispositions within them by the words of his exhortations?
St. Gregory the Great
On the Mystical Church, P. G. 76 (cols 1159-1170) in Toal, I:89, Sixth Century


This Week


Mon, Jan 3rd        - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Jan 4th       - 10:30 a.m. Beginner's Greek (online)
                             - 11:30 a.m. Intemed. Greek (online)
                             - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners (online)
Weds, Jan 5th      - 9:30 a.m. - Royal Hours
                             - 6:00 p.m. - Vespers & Liturgy
                             - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners (online)
Thurs, Jan 6th      - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Epiphany)
Fri, Jan 7th           - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St. John)
Sat, Jan 8th          - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions) 
Sun, Jan 9th         - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                             - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy 
                             - 10:45 a.m. - 40Day Memorial for Michael Zoumbas
                             - 10:45 a.m. - One Year Memorial for Doris Tingley


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Jan 2nd:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Jan 2nd:


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.


The 2022 Vasilopita celebration will take place on Sunday January 2nd at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. The community's Vasilopita (St. Basil's Bread) will be cut, the leaders of the various ministries in our community will receive a piece of the bread on behalf of the ministry, all the congregation will receive a piece, a collection on behalf of St. Basil's Academy will take place.

The proceeds of the Vasilopita collection go to the St. Basil's Academy in Garrison, New York. This organization serves the youth of our Archdiocese, both orphans and children from distressed families. We hope that you will support St. Basil's and honor the Vasilopita celebration by your presence.


 By now you should have received the schedule for house blessings in 2022. 

(1) If you have pledged for the year 2021 or 2022, you will get a visit, unless you call the office to say otherwise. 
(2) No offense taken if you choose to cancel. Please take no offense that Fr. Stephen will come with a mask on. 
(3) Please call with special requests, such as "before 3:00 PM" or "after 6:30 PM." 


Due to current covid precautions, adult Greek in-person classes will be held online on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. the weeks of January 3rd and 10th. Online morning classes will be held on Tuesday Jan 4th for the first week only, then return to Thursdays as of January 13th; with beginner's classes at 10:30 a.m. and intermediate at 11:30 a.m. The online children's Greek classes will proceed as scheduled.  If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


 1) Our next GOYA meeting is rescheduled to Sunday, January 23rd @ 11:30 a.m. This will be our last meeting before tournaments begin. See you then!

2)The annual "Cavs Greek Night" event will take place on Wednesday, January 26th @ 7pm. Giannis & Thanasis Antetokounmpo + the Milwaukee Bucks will be coming to town. Participants will be allowed to enter the arena to watch players warm up, and they will receive a special Cavs drawstring bag. Contact Ted for the link to buy tickets.

3) Camp Nazareth is now accepting applications from all young adults (ages 18+) to serve as staff for in-person summer camp 2022! The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 8th. You can start your application process at: Questions may go to Marina Papafil, the Metropolis CMC, at:

4)St. Kyranna Cooking Class will have its next meeting on Friday, February 18th @ 7:00 p.m. Our guest instructors will be Georgia & Olympia Christides, and we'll be making halva. Fellowship with wine & board games will follow after class. RSVP to Ted at by February 14th.


As part of our response to the Omicron variant outbreak,  Orthodox Education classes have been cancelled through January 16th. If there are any questions, about this decision please email Maria Sikoutris at


Orthodox Christian Women presents Our Annual Winter Mini-Retreat on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 9:30 am to Noon at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, 555 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd., Fairlawn OH 44333. Our Speaker will be Fr. Martin Johnson from Butler, PA, on the topic “Race, Life, People & Faith: Addressing the Racial Divide”. This is a free event ~~ Everyone Welcome!


 Out of an abundance of caution during this most recent covid outbreak, the Parish Council has decided to cancel all coffee hours from now through Jan 16th.  However, you can still reserve dates later in the year. Please send an email to or call the church office to book your preferred day.


Due to current covid precautions, the Orthodox Forum is still on hold for a few more weeks. We plan to resume on January 23rd unless the situation worsens.

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 proud to announce that the 65 th National Chian Convention will be taking place in Cleveland in November 2022! In order to make this event a success, we need your help. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2022 convention, please call or text: Kelli Almiroudis 216-798-6150 or  Despina Matheos 440-309-6752


We need volunteers who are willing to take turns running the Sunday livestream for those unable to come to church. The setup is in the balcony; a level of comfort with computers is all that is needed. Hours: 9:00-11:00 AM. Please contact Fr. Stephen at or Clay White at


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Forefeast of Epiphany Begins in the 4th Tone

Be thou ready, Zabulon; prepare thyself, O Nephthalim. River Jordan, stay thy course and skip for gladness to receive the Sovereign Master, Who cometh now to be baptized. O Adam, be thou glad with our first mother, Eve; hide not as ye did of old in Paradise. Seeing you naked, He hath appeared now to clothe you in the first robe again. Christ hath appeared, for He truly willeth to renew all creation.

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 4th Tone

In the running waters of the Jordan River, on this day the Lord of all crieth to John: Be not afraid and hesitate not to baptize Me, for I am come to save Adam, the first-formed man.