Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-01-23
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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 23, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
PROSFORA: Georgia Christides
PANGARI:Team D: George E Loucas, Clay White, Gus Kallergis
EPISTLE: I Timothy 1:15-17
GOSPEL: Luke 18:35-43
GREEK TEXT: p. 166
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - Four Year Memorial in honor of Michael Frangos. He is survived by his devoted wife, Fouly; and by his sons Steven (Liz), and Nickolas (Tamar) and their families.
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - 40 day Memorial for Demosthenes Powers of Pittsburgh, PA. Husband of Helene, father of John (Mary), Dr. Danae and the late Dr Alexandros (Peri). Devoted grandfather of Alaina (Greg), John, Kristin (Ryan), Kreesa, Alex, Alexa and Nicholas. Great grandfather to Zachary Yianni Peterca.

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY: We will ask the parish leadership  to come place their pledges (in sealed envelopes) into a basket in the center of the church. We will invite others to do so as well. We will conclude with a prayer asking God to bless our offerings. Your participation would be greatly appreciated. 



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Ninth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

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 First Letter to Timothy 1:15-17.

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

Gospel Reading

14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.


Wisdom of the Fathers

We may learn from this that when we ask with faith, God does not give something other than what we ask for, but the very same thing. However, when we ask for one thing and receive something else, it is clear that either we did not make a good request or we did not ask with faith.
Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria
The Explanation of the Gospel of St. Luke, 11th Century


This Week


Mon, Jan 24th   - 6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners (online)
                           - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Jan 25th   - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy  (St. Gregory the Theologian)
                           - 6:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball practice
                          - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners
Weds, Jan 26th  - 6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners (online)
Thurs, Jan 27th  - 10:30 a.m. - Beginner's Online Greek
                            11:30 a.m. - Intermediate Online Greek
                           - 6:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball practice
Fri, Jan 28th       - GOYA Basketball Tournament begins
Sat, Jan 29th     - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions) 

Sun, Jan 30th    - 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 Jan 23rd:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Jan 23rd:


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.


 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." 


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


The Tuesday adult Greek classes will move to Monday nights through the end of January. They will resume being held on Tuesdays as of February 1st. Wednesday and Thursday classes will remain on their current schedule. If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


Due to current covid precautions, the Orthodox Forum is still on hold for a few more weeks.  The Parish Council has put in-person activities on hold through the end of January; we hope to return on February 6th.


Philoptochos would like to thank you for your past support and ask you to join us as a member in 2022. The Philoptochos is striving to provide much-needed support to our church and community and could use your help. The January meeting will be virtual, on January 23,2022 at 1:00 p.m. This is an important meeting and we hope that all members will attend.

If you aren't already, please become a member today by mailing a check for $30 with the membership form (available on the website or at church). Or simply send a check made out to Philoptochos Membership along with your name, address and phone number to the church or to Anne Mitchell. We hope you are blessed with health and happiness in the new year!


Orthodox Christian Women presents Our Annual Winter Mini-Retreat on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Due to the current surge in COVID cases, the Mini Retreat will still be held, but as a Zoom event with the starting time moved to 10:00 a.m.  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!

To join the Zoom Meeting, visit this link: OCW Mini Retreat. The Meeting ID is: 847 3859 5823 ; When prompted, you must enter this Passcode to join: 424138


Faith in Action will be serving Guy's Pizza for dinner to the St. Herman's community on Sunday, January 30th at 5:30 p.m. We will be serving the food outside. If you are interested in contributing money toward the pizza/dinner, bringing items for the dinner, or in helping serve the dinner, please contact Peter or Denise Poulos at See below for list of needed items:

  • Guy's Pizza (approximately $300 in cost);
  • 90 pieces of fruit;
  • 90 snacks;
  • 90 candy bars;
  • 90 water bottles; and
  • 90 styrofoam containers.

Thank you and keep the faith!


 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 31st.  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.

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)


 1) Our next GOYA meeting is rescheduled to a virtual, Zoom event on Sunday, January 23rd @ 1:00 p.m. - not 11:30 as previously posted. 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 31st. If there are any questions, about this decision please email Maria Sikoutris at


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those guarding it became as dead. Mary stood at your grave seeking your pure body. But you stripped the power of Hades, yet were not touched by corruption. You met the virgin and granted her life. O Lord, who

Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Clement in the 4th Tone

Thou didst blossom forth for the faithful, O most sacred Clement, as a branch of holiness, a staff of contest, a most sacred flower, and a sweet God-given fruit. But as a fellow-sufferer of martyrs and a fellow-prelate of hierarchs, intercede with Christ our 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 1st Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.