Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-05-15
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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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May 15, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Acts 9:32-42
GOSPEL:  John 5:1-15
TRADITION: We do not kneel in church from Pascha thru Pentecost 
PASCHAL DIALOGUE (end of Liturgy)
Priest: Christos anesti!
Congregation: Alithos anesti!
Priest: Christ is Risen!
Congregation: Truly He is Risen!
Priest: Christos anesti!
Congregation: Alithos anesti!
Priest: Glory to His holy Resurrection on the third day!
Congregation: We worship His Resurrection on the third day!
PROSFORAMaria Misthos 
PANGARI: Team D:  Clay White, George E Loucas, Gus Kallergis
COFFEE HOSTS: the family of Nick Fotinos
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m.
- 2 year Memorial for Nicephoros "Nick" Fotinos
- 2 year Memorial for Emmanuel Papadopoulos. Beloved husband of Pagona (nee Glyptis). Loving father of Chris (Mary) and the late George. 
GOYA Meeting + Elections: 11:30 a.m.

WELCOME: Fr Tom Constantine


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Great is the profit of the divine Scriptures, and all-sufficient is the aid which comes from them ... For the divine oracles are a treasury of all manner of medicines, so that whether it be needful to quench pride, to lull desire to sleep, to tread under foot the love of money, ... from them one may find abundant resource.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 5, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, May 16th - OFFICE CLOSED
                        - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Fri, May 20th   - 7:00 p.m. - Nameday Vespers
8:30 p.m. - Reception
at, May 21st  - 8:45 a.m. - Matins
                        - 10:00 a.m. - Nameday Liturgy
                        - 11:30 a.m. - Nameday Luncheon
                        - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
un, May 22nd  - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                         - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                        - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial: 3 mos Memorial for Irene Theodore
                                              1 year Memorial for Demitra Xinakes


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 May 15th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on May 15th: Giving App

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The feast of our patrons Saints Constantine & Helen, will be celebrated on May 20-21. There will be a Vespers service at 7:00 PM on Friday, 5/20 followed by a reception at 8:30 p.m.; then on Saturday 5/21 we will have Matins at 8:45 AM and Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, followed by a luncheon at 11:30.

St. Constantine was the Roman Emperor who ended the persecution of Christians, declared himself a Christian, convened the 1st Ecumenical Council, established a new capital free of pagan influence, worked to reconcile disputes in the Church and near the end of his life was baptized.

St. Helen, his mother, influenced him in his view of Christianity and endeavored to build churches at many of the sacred sites of Christ's life.

May their prayers bring us many blessings.


Every year the church recognizes all our graduates. If you graduated in the summer or fall of 2021, or will graduate in the Spring of 2022, please submit:

  • your name,
  • the school you are graduating from,
  • a small bio with a picture

to Maria Sikoutris at This is so we can include you in a future Koinonia article and to help us recognize you for our upcoming graduation reception  on June 5th (NOTE new date!).  The deadline for submission is SATURDAY, May 14th.


Faith in Action is sponsoring a Cleveland Guardians game outing for the Salvation Army families on Sunday May 22nd at 1:40 p.m.  We will purchase approximately 25 tickets for the Salvation Army family members and staff chaperones, as well as some game snacks.  If you are interested in contributing toward this event and/or helping to chaperone, please contact Peter and Denise Poulos at


Orthodox Forum will once again be in the 11:30 am. timeslot. This week's speaker will be Dr. Nikos Papadakis on the topic “Theosis”.


  • May 15th -- Donuts with Dad for PreK, 7th/8th & 11th/12th grades; Speaker Fr. Basil from St. Matthew’s Orthodox Church 7th-12th Grades 
  • May 22nd -- Last day of OE classes 
  • May 23rd -- Deadline for Vacation Church School 
  • June 5th -- Graduates’ Luncheon (note new date!)
  • June 6th-Friday, June 10th -- Vacation Church School
  • June 18th -- OE Picnic

If there are any questions, please email Maria Sikoutris at


1) The Metropolis is hosting a NEW youth event the weekend of May 20th - 22nd: GOYA Olympics! This will be an overnight weekend with physical, mental, and spiritual activities. As it coincides with our parish feast day, all St. Cons GOYAns MUST attend name day Vespers on May 20th to participate. See Ted with any questions or to sign up.

2) GOYA is invited to a sand volleyball tournament hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton on Saturday, June 4th. This will be an all-day event. Details are forthcoming, but save the date from now. See Ted with any questions.

3) The Sr. Hellenic Dancers will begin their summer practices on Monday, June 6th. Practices will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please note: there is an enforced attendance policy to perform at the festival. See Pres. Christina or Ted with any questions.

4) Altar boys and their families are invited to join Fr. Stephen & Ted for a Lake County Captains game on Thursday, July 16th @ 7:00 p.m. Interested parties must RSVP to Ted by Sunday, May 29th.

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.

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)


Coffee Hour is back in the Cathedral Center. Open dates begin June 12th and stretch into the summer.  Please send an email to or call the church office to book your preferred day. 


The 50th Annual Tremont Greek Festival will be held May 27th - 30th. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary Memorial Day weekend, with delicious Greek food, drinks, dancing, and shopping; all within Cleveland's historical Tremont neighborhood. Free admission and free parking all weekend long! Hours are Fri-Sun Noon til Midnight; Monday Noon til 7:00 p.m. Visit for more information.


Come see the Greek mini-series about the life of St. Paisios on the big screen in the hall of St Demetrios Church, 22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River. Free and open to all. Please note: the dialogue is only in Greek with no English subtitles.

May 16, 3:00 p.m. - A group of families from Asia Minor become refugees due to the 1923 Population exchange, but survive with the help of their priest, Father (St.) Arsenios. His little namesake follows in his spiritual footsteps, despite being bullied.

June 13, 3;00 p.m. - Young Arseni and his family find their faith tested during World War II.

July 11, 3:00 p.m. - Arseni is drafted to the Greek Army but prays to serve without taking a life.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

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

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.