Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-03-27
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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 27, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
EPISTLE: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6
GOSPEL: Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
GREEK TEXT: p. 190
               ACOLYTES: Team B
               PROSFORA: Maria Misthos 
               PANGARI: Team A: Eftihia Tsengas,  Clay White, Tom Parras
               40 DAY BLESSING: 10:45 a.m. - for  Niko Mavroidis
               OE: 11:00 a.m. -  Independence Day Program 




Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

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 4:14-16; 5:1-6.

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Wisdom of the Fathers

To deny oneself means to give up one's bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts and desires; to suppress every evil thought; to avoid occasions of sin; not to desire or to do anything out of self-love, but to do everything out of love for God. To deny oneself, according to St. Paul means "to be dead to sin. . . but alive to God."
St. Innocent of Alaska
The Lenten Spring, SVS Press, p. 147, 19th Century


This Week


Mon, Mar 28th     - 7:00 p.m. - Great Compline
                            - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Mar 29th    - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners
Weds Mar 30th    - 6:00 p.m. - Presanctified Liturgy
                            - 7:15 p.m. - Potluck Supper
Thurs, Mar 31st   - 10:30 a.m. - Beginner's Online Greek
                            11:30 a.m. - Intermediate Online Greek
Fri, Apr 1st           - 7:00 p.m. - Salutations Service
Sat, Apr 2nd         - 9:00 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten
                             10:00 a.m. - 1st Grade Greek
                             - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Apr 3rd         - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
                             - CREDIT CARD SUNDAY

                            - A 40 day Memorial for  Irene Theodore will be held this day at Annunciation Church in Akron


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.


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.


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 27th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar 27th:


Orthodox Forum will not meet this Sunday (3/27), so we can all attend the Greek School program for Greek Independence Day. Please join us again next Sunday, April third at 11:30 am. 


There will be a potluck supper after this Wednesday's Presanctified Liturgy. 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.


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 Please note that the banquet reservation and sponsorship deadline is April 1st, 2022. Please refer any questions to Mary Doreza, (412) 877-3415, or email her 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).


Faith in Action will be serving Guy's Pizza for dinner to the St. Herman's community on Sunday, April 10th at 5:30 p.m. We may 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 candy bars;
  • 90 water bottles; and
  • 90 styrofoam containers.


The annual pilgrimage to St. Gregory Palamas will take place on April 13th. Those wishing to carpool should meet at the Golden Gate center on Mayfield Rd just west of I-271 at 8:45 AM; expect to return by 4:00-4:30 PM. The group attends the Presanctified Liturgy, has lunch with the monks, speaks with one of the priests and visits the bookstore. There is no cost for this, but those wishing to attend should notify Fr Stephen no later than Monday, April 11, 10:00 AM, so that he may give the monks a count for the lunch.   


 1) The 2022 GOYA spring retreat at Camp Nazareth (April 1st - 3rd) still has spots available for male campers and a waitlist for female campers. The keynote speaker is Angeliki Constantine, and her theme will be, "Body, Mind, Spirit." Contact Fr. Stephen regarding parish scholarship codes; contact Ted regarding our parish carpool.

2) Online registration for 2022 Summer Camp @ Camp Nazareth will open on April 7th @ 7:00 p.m. The website is: Spots can and will fill up quickly, so make sure you sign up early! Contact Fr. Stephen directly for information regarding parish scholarships.

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.


  • March 27th -- Granolas with Grandparents for 9th-12th Grades and Game Day for 3rd/4th grades. Grandparents, or another adult in their place, may sit in on OE class.
  • Sunday, April 3rd -- We will have Game Day for 5th-8th Grades.

  • Sunday, April 17th -- Palm Sunday—There will be a Palm Procession for PreK-8th Grade. This is also the registration deadline for our Good Friday Program.

  • Friday, April 22nd -- Great and Holy Friday & Program 9:30am-3pm

  • Sunday, April 24th -- Family Worship/Feastday of Pascha/Agape Vespers Service: 12noon, followed by our Egg Hunt

If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at

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 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!


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


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!


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. 


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


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 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 Sun. of the Holy Cross in the 1st Tone

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

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!"