Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-03-20
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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


Mar 20, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
EPISTLE: Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3
GOSPEL: Mark 2:1-12
GREEK TEXT: p. 188
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - 2 yr Memorial for Michael Tsironis. Beloved husband for 55 years to Constance (nee Kliousi), dear father of John (Jessica) and Nicholas (Colleen), loving grandfather of Michael, Will and Nicholas, cherished brother of Gregory and the late Afroditi, Eleni, Nikki, Kostas and Fotis.
PROSFORA: Despina Tsiliandis 
PANGARI: Team D:  Bill Chevako, George E Loucas, Maria Misthos
COFFEE HOST: Connie Tsironis




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 Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

Take up your bed. Carry the very mat that once carried you. Change places, so that what was the proof of your sickness may now give testimony to your soundness. Your bed of pain becomes the sign of healing, its very weight the measure of the strength that has been restored to you.
St. Peter Chrysologus
Homily 50.6. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol. 2: Mark. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 27.


This Week


Mon, Mar 21st     - 7:00 p.m. - Great Compline
                            - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Mar 22nd   - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners
Weds Mar 23rd    - 6:00 p.m. - Presanctified Liturgy
                            - 7:15 p.m. - Potluck Supper
Thurs, Mar 24th   - 10:30 a.m. - Beginner's Online Greek
                            11:30 a.m. - Intermediate Online Greek
                            - 7:00 p.m. - Vespers at Annunciation Church
Fri, Mar 25th        - 9:30 a.m. - Annunciation Liturgy & luncheon
                             - 7:00 p.m. - Salutations Service

Sat, Mar 26th       - 12:00 p.m. - Greek Independence Day Parade
                             - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Mar 27th      - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
                            - 10:45 a.m. - 40 day Blessing:
                                                   Niko Mavroidis


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.


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

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar 20th:


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


There will be a potluck supper after this Wednesday's Presanctified Liturgy, hosted by the GOYA, along with a video presentation. All are invited; the Liturgy begins at 6:00 PM. Those wishing to receive Holy Communion may eat light, lenten food for breakfast and lunch (as close to noon as possible) and then no food or drink until the liturgy. 


We are very happy to announce that the 2022 Fish Fry is back on the schedule! Running for six weeks, through April 8th, from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. Full information, including a link to the menu, is now available at

General help is needed on the front line and also in the kitchen. Please click on the Sign Up Genius link to volunteer to help!


The Orthodox Forum will be returning to the 11:30 am. timeslot this Sunday. This week's speaker will be Dean Peters, on the topic “Make a Joyful Noise: Bells and Orthodoxy”.


The St. Photios award is conferred by the Metropolis of Pittsburgh annually to two parishioners from every parish, to the "unsung heroes" who enrich parish life. This year's nominees selected by the Parish Council at its meeting of Feb. 10, are Dick Warren and Irene Theodore (sadly, 10 days before her passing). They will receive their award at a banquet in Pittsburgh on April 30th. Those wishing to honor and celebrate with our honorees may find ticket information at


We are preparing the 2022 Luminaries which will be used to line the Holy Friday Epitaphios procession route. Forms are available in the foyer on the display table. All the proceeds will go towards Camp Nazareth Scholarships for our students. Your support is greatly appreciated. Scholarship requests should be directed to Fr. Stephen. For information about the luminaries please contact Anna Warren (216-287-6890).


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


 1) GOYA will be hosting the potluck supper after the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday, March 23rd. Contact Ted with any questions.

2)  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 is now online at For the GOYA retreat only: contact Fr. Stephen regarding parish scholarship codes; contact Ted regarding our parish carpool.

3) GOYA is invited to a 1-day Metropolis volleyball tournament on Saturday, April 9th. The tournament will be hosted by St. Nicholas, Pittsburgh. This is not an overnight event. Let Ted or Coach Jimmy know ASAP if you are interested in participating so we can organize our team and carpools.

4) The annual GOYA Palm Folding Night will take place on Friday, April 15th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Food and drink will be provided, and the sacrament of Holy Confession will also be available for your Lenten journey. Contact Ted with any questions.


Orthodox Education classes have resumed! 

  • March 20th --  10:30 a.m. we will have Granolas with Grandparents for 3rd-8th grades. 3rd & 4th graders will also have Game Day, while 5th and up will watch a video on Saint Nektarios in the conference room.
  • March 27th -- Granolas with Grandparents for 9th-12th Grades.  Grandparents, or another adult in their place, may sit in OE class.

If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


The Annunciation Feast Day Celebration will be held Thursday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, W 14th St, Cleveland.  Great Vespers & Artoklasia will be at  7:00 p.m. on Thursday, followed by coffee & fellowship in our church banquet hall. Then on Friday, Orthros will be held at 8:15 a.m. and the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Following the Divine Liturgy join us for a Light Lenten Lunch sponsored by the Ladies of Philoptochos.


This year the Greek Independence Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 26th at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 2187 W. 14th St., following the Doxology service at 12 Noon.  Contact Emmanuel Ermidis at 216 323-409 or the church at 216 861-0116 for more information.


Our Greek school children will present a small program Sunday, March 27th following the Divine Liturgy.  A luncheon will follow -- $12.00 donation for fish and $7.00 for a pasta dinner. All are welcome.

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)


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. If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


Philoptochos would like to thank you for your past support and ask you to join us as a member in 2022.  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) 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!


Father Andrew Harmon, pastor of St. Matthew Orthodox Church in North Royalton, will be teaching a 6-session course about prayer entitled “Prayer In Our Lives”, through the Baldwin-Wallace Institute For Learning in Retirement program. This class, taught by an Orthodox Christian priest, will look at different types of prayer, at the mystery of how prayer works, and why sometimes it does not seem to work. Class members (and their insights) are welcome from all religious traditions - or none at all.

The 6 classes will be held on Mondays, April 4th-May 9th, from 2:40-4:00 p.m. They will be held in either Berea or Middleburg Heights---the location will be definite by the time registration is under way. There are no age requirements. A person has to join the ILR (annual membership fee of $20) in order to take a course, which costs an additional $15. Registration begins on March 14 by computer only at One can join ILR and register for a class at the same time. The deadline is March 27. For help on registering, go to


As the humanitarian relief and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, IOCC, International Orthodox Christian Charities, works in cooperation with the Orthodox Church and other partners to serve people in need. With long-standing relationships in the region, including in Romania and Moldova, IOCC has mobilized to serve people affected by the crisis in Ukraine. As refugees flee Ukraine—mostly elderly persons, people with disabilities, and women with infants and young children—and enter neighboring countries, IOCC is working with local partners to make sure their needs are met.

While word on the ground in Romania and Moldova is that even the most basic items—like food, water, and milk products—are in short supply in shops, IOCC and its partners there are purchasing items in bulk and distributing them to people in need. You can support our work today, and together we can help Ukrainians who have fled receive necessities. Visit to donate or learn more.


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 Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal 4th Tone

Light of Orthdoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics, invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory thou wonderworker, boast of Thessalonica, herald of grace: ever pray 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 Plagal 4th Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"