Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-02-20
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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


Feb 20, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
EPISTLE: I Corinthians 6:12-20
GOSPEL: Luke 15:11-32 
GREEK TEXT: p. 174
PROSFORA: Demos Ioannou
PANGARI: Team D:  Bill Chevako, George E Loucas, Maria Misthos
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - 40 day Memorial for Peter Clyde Papadakos 
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. -  1 year Memorial for Stella Balale:  Daughter of John and Toula Bymakos (deceased). Dear sister of Anne, Athena, Frank, Mary, Antignone, and Iphigenia (all deceased). Beloved wife of the deceased Michael Balale, Jr. Adored mother of Michael, Amie, and Manny. Proud Yiayia of Athena Brown (husband Chris) and Dana Lopardo (husband Nick). Much loved ProYiayia of Adriana, Stella and Mila Lopardo, and Cecilia Brown. May her memory be eternal.
OE: 10:30 a.m. - Donuts with Dad 5th/6th & 9th/10th




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. 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 First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom


This Week


Mon, Feb 21st     - 6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Feb 22nd   - 6:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball practice
                            - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners
Weds, Feb 23rd    - 6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball practice
                           - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners 
Thurs, Feb 24th  - 10:30 a.m. - Beginner's Online Greek
                           11:30 a.m. - Intermediate Online Greek
                           - 6:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball practice 
Fri, Feb 25th       - GOYA Basketball Tournament
Sat, Feb 26th      - 9:00 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
                           - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy: Saturday of Souls
                           10:00 a.m. - 1st Grade Greek
                           - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions) 
Sun, Feb 27th     - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                           - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
- 10:45 a.m. - Trisagion:
Popie Papouras
                           - 10:30 a.m . - OE: Donuts with Dad 3rd/4th grade    



Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Feb 20th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Feb 20th:


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.


We are very happy to announce that the 2022 Fish Fry is back on the schedule! Beginning Friday March 4th and running for six weeks. Full information will be posted at as it becomes available.


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


Coffee Hour is back in the Cathedral Center. We have openings for coffee hosts in March and April.  Please send an email to or call the church office to book your preferred day. 


All are welcome to join us on Wednesday March 2nd at 7pm for the annual Philoptochos Open Hearts Open Wallets Event.  Learn about one of the non-profit agencies that we support: Hitchcock Center for Women. Funds generated from the evening will go to all projects that Philoptochos supports.


We are pleased to announce the Orthodox Forum will be returning to the 11:30 am. timeslot. This week's speaker will be Dr.  Nicholas Papadakis  on the topic “Kyrie Eleison - Lord Have Mercy

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)


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. 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!


Students need to RSVP for the Wednesday in-person classes.  Tuesday in-person and online classes will proceed as usual until the week of April 11th which is the last week of classes for this year. Also, March 2nd's Wednesday class has switched to Monday due to the Philoptochos fundraiser. If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


 1) GOYA is invited to a youth "Apokries" (Pre-Lent) dance on Friday, March 4th hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton. Vespers will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing until 11:00 p.m. Semi-formal attire is requested. Tickets are $10. To RSVP, contact Soci Phyrillas at

2) GOYA will have its annual end-of-basketball "banquet" on Saturday, March 5th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The event will feature Vespers, a potluck supper, and emotional speeches from the coaches. Save the date, and come hungry!

3) GOYA will be visiting St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Food Bank on Saturday, March 19th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This will be our 2022 Lenten service project. Send RSVPs and any questions to Ted.

4) Camp Nazareth will be hosting twin Lenten retreats in 2022. The young adult retreat will be the weekend of March 25th - 27th, and the GOYA retreat will be the following weekend of April 1st - 3rd. Registration for both retreats will be available online shortly. Mark your calendars, and send any questions to Ted.


Orthodox Education classes have resumed! 

  •  February 20th is Donuts with Dad for 5th/6th and 9th/10th grades.  Dads, or any adult in their place, are very welcome to come and sit with their child in OE class this day. Teacher meeting this day will be held in Fellowship Hall.
  • February 27th is Donuts with Dad for 3rd/4th Grades.
  • March 6th -- we will be holding the St. John Chrysostom Parish Oratorical Festival for 4th-12th grades.  The deadline for registration is February 27th

If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


 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." 


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 3rd Tone

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."