Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-04-17
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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


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

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,

'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Besides, they could not at once have taken in the knowledge of the Kingdom of which He spake; for another Evangelist saith, that they thought the words were spoken of a kingdom of this world. (Matt. xx. 21.)
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 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

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 1st Tone

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 4th Tone

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, "Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam."