Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-04-10
Bulletin Contents

Organization Icon
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

Contact Information

Past Bulletins


Apr 10, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m.
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m.
EPISTLE: Hebrews 9:11-14
GOSPEL: Mark 10:31-45
GREEK TEXT: p. 196
               ACOLYTES: Team B
               PROSFORA: Anna Tsagaris  
               PANGARI: Team C: George Stamatis, Costa Tsatiris, Helen DeMore
               MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - 40 day Memorial for Dimitrios Hliatzos
               COFFEE HOSTS: the  Hliatzos Family
               DISTRICT ORATORICAL FESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m.






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. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Wisdom of the Fathers

But let no man be troubled at the apostles being in such an imperfect state. For not yet was the cross accomplished, not yet the grace of the Spirit given. But if thou wouldest learn their virtue, notice them after these things, and thou wilt see them superior to every passion... For with this object He reveals their deficiencies, that after these things thou mightest know what manner of men they became by grace. ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Apr 11th   - 7:30 p.m.  - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Apr 12th  - 7:00 p.m. - Adult Greek, Beginners
Weds Apr 13th  - 8:30 a.m. - Pilgrimage (Palamas monastery)
Thurs, Apr 14th - 10:30 a.m. - Beginner's Online Greek
                           11:30 a.m. - Intermediate Online Greek
Fri, Apr 15th      6:30 p.m. - GOYA Palm Crosses
Sat, Apr 16th     - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy: Saturday Of Lazaros
                           10:00 a.m. - 1st Grade Greek
                           - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Apr 17th    - PALM SUNDAY
                           - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins

                           - 9:30 a.m.  - Liturgy
                           - 6:00 p.m. - Bridegroom Service

                          - 7:30 p.m. - Confessions


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 Apr 10th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Apr 10th:


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).


Your help is needed to prepare the flowers for the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, April 22nd, beginning at 9:30 am.  We will share a potluck luncheon. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you can.  No experience necessary!!  Please bring a pair of scissors and a friend.  Call Paula Kappos (440-247-7508) or Anna Warren (216-287-6890) with any questions.


Help is needed to "install" the luminaries to light the path of the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, April 22nd. Please come at 10:30 am, no experience necessary.  Please contact Anna Warren to let her know if you can help or if you have any questions ( or 216-287-6890) .


Donations of Easter eggs, dyed in the traditional red color. Eighteen dozen are needed; donations of a lesser amount are accepted. Please contact Fr Stephen- or call him at 216-932-3300 x6.


The Sts. Constantine Helen Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale is now underway. Order enough to enjoy at home and to give away to teachers, neighbors, friends, mail-carriers, hair-stylists, people in nursing homes, people you want to thank. Everyone loves getting Greek pastry!

Orders are due by April 12th. Pickup date is Sunday April 17th at 11:30 am. Make checks payable to Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos; mail to Philoptochos Bake Sale, 3352 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Online Orders can be placed at this link or scan our handy QR code:  

Bake Sale QR code image


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.   


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 deadline has been extended. The new deadline is April 15th, 2022. Please refer any questions to Mary Doreza, (412) 877-3415, or email her at


The annual Palm Sunday Luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 17th.  There will be a choice of fish or pasta. The cost of the food is underwritten; therefore, all proceeds benefit the Church. Please plan to attend immediately following the Divine Liturgy.


1) 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.

2) Our young adult group (ages 21 - 35ish) will meet for dinner on Bright Wednesday, April 27th @ The Rail at Summit County Mall @ 6:00 p.m. Come and enjoy Paschal fellowship and burgers!

3) GOYA will be having its annual Mother's Day Corsage fundraiser on Sunday, May 8th. Please plan on being with us that day: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you" (Exodus 20:12).  Contact Ted with any questions. 

4) Our next Orthodoxy on Tap event for young adults (ages 21 - 35ish) will take place on Friday, May 13th at St. Paul, North Royalton @ 7:00 p.m. Our very own Paula Kappos will be our guest speaker.

5) Online registration for 2022 Summer Camp @ Camp Nazareth is now live! 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.


  • 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


A retreat will be held at St. Matthew the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church, 10383 Albion Rd, North Royalton on Friday & Saturday, May 6th-7th, 2022. Our Guest Speaker will be Fr. Stephen Freeman: author of Everywhere Present, Christianity in a One-Story Universe; host of the Ancient Faith Ministries podcast; and Weblog Host, Glory to God for All Things.

The Friday session runs from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; doors open at 9:00 am Saturday with the event beginning at 9:30 a.m. and wrapping up at 4:00. Lunch will be provided between sessions on Saturday, with Vespers to follow at 5:00 pm. Admission by free will offering. Please RSVP by April 30th to Cindy George at (330) 309-9491,, or Gloria Zabala at(440) 897-5052,


The Philoptochos spring 2022 Gyro Sale will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. Watch this space for more information!

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)


Due to scheduled events for the next two Sundays and the Pascha celebration, the Orthodox Forum will not meet again until Sunday, May 1st. Please join us then at 11:30 am. 


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. 


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal 4th Tone

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

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 2nd Tone

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.