Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-09-11
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

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  • 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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Sept 11, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Galatians 6:11-18
GOSPEL:  John 3:13-17
GREEK TEXT: p. 204 (black book)
PROSFORA: Cynthia Asimakopoulos  
PANGARI: Team A: Eftihia Tsengas,  Steven Demetriou, Tom Parras
SPECIAL TRAY:  Philoptochos basket for Holy Cross
OE: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Orthodox Education & Greek School in-person registration
COFFEE HOSTS: Parish Council

MEMORIAL: Georgia Elliott (9 days) 



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back - it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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 Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17

The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For as some noble champion by lifting on high and dashing down his antagonist, renders his victory more glorious, so Christ, in the sight of all the world, cast down the adverse powers, and ... delivered them from all venomous beasts that vexed them, by being hung upon the Cross.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Sept 12th     - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Weds, Sept 14th    - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Holy Cross)

Sat, Sept 17th       5:00 p.m.- Vespers
Sun, Sept 18th     -  8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
 - 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial: 
In memory of Marrion Demore, may his memory be eternal


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Sept 11th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Sept 11th:


We’re happy you’ve joined us today. Please sign our guestbook and introduce yourself to one of our greeters or anyone wearing a nametag. We’re here to answer your questions and make your visit to our church meaningful and enjoyable.


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.


We have resumed the practice of passing trays at the end of services. Philoptochos will be passing an additional basket this Sunday for Holy Cross Theological School. As always, any contribution you make is deeply appreciated.


The nuns of the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery in Saxonburg, PA welcome you to come and venerate the wonder-working Icon of the Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God of Hawaii on Friday, September 16th; Visitation times are: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Icon is miraculous and the anointing of Her myrrh has been a source of solace for many faithful.

To learn more about The Panagia Iveron, please visit this web site:


OPA news:  We are restarting OPA after a long hiatus, and invite all to join us for dancing and parea.  We will meet every Tuesday, starting on Sept. 13th, at 6:30 pm in the Cathedral Center. 


Order free tickets for the Collis Lecture "Reimagining Early Greek Art at the Museum of Fine Arts", Sunday, September 25 at 2PM at the Cleveland Museum of Art using this link


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable families around the world? The Akron Marathon Race Series that takes place on September 24th will help raise money for those in need in places like Ukraine, Ethiopia, Greece, the Middle East, and right here in the US!

This year, Annunciation Akron will be honoring Irene Theodore by sponsoring a team in her name. Irene walked in the marathon as part of a relay team until just a few years ago. You are invited to make a general donation in Irene's name or if there is interest, to form a team of your own. To make a general donation to Team IOCC Akron, visit and use the "Make a Gift" button.

If there is interest in forming a Sts.Constantine and Helen Akron Marathon relay team, the link to register is For more information, contact Gus Tsemelis at or Georgette Constantinou by phone at 330-618-9641.


The Cleveland chapter of IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) will hold its annual wine tasting event on Monday, October 24th at 6:00 PM, at St. Michael's Woodside Event Center, 5025 Mill Rd, Broadview Heights. Tickets costing $60 cover the cost of a 4-course dinner with three wine tastings. For tickets, see Jim Basilion or Fr. Stephen ( 


There will be a Philoptochos meeting on Sunday, September 25th after Liturgy in the Conference Room (across from the office). We look forward to seeing you there!


1)  Online registration for 2022-2023 youth ministry programs (HOPE/JOY, GOYA, young adults) is now live. Families interested in participating are encouraged to sign up to receive communications for the next ministry/school year. Contact Ted for the links or with any questions. Kindly register sometime today, Sunday, September 11th.

2) We will be having a youth "kickoff" party here at the Church on Sunday, September 11th following the Divine Liturgy. Don't worry about missing the Browns game - we'll have it on here to watch! Young people from ages 5-18 and their families are encouraged to attend. Enjoy food, friends & fun, including a bounce house, ice cream, and kid-friendly crafts. See you then!

3)  St. Kyranna Cooking Class will have its next meeting on Friday, September 23rd @ 7pm. George & Nikki Stathopoulos will be co-hosting. Our theme will be Greek salmon & orzo. Participants are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine and their favorite board game. Kindly RSVP to Ted by Monday, September 19th.

4) New altar boys are being accepted this fall. Boys must (1) be 10 years old or older, (2) willing to commit to regular attendance and (3) attend an orientation on Saturday, Oct 1st from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Names should be given to Ted Cherpas by Sunday, September 25th.

5) Sr. Hellenic Dancers: The 2022 Metropolis Folk Dance Festival will be November 4th - 6th at Annunciation, Columbus. If you are interested in participating in this overnight event, please RSVP to Ted by Friday, September 16th so he can register our group and book our hotels.


The new school year is fast approaching.  Families of preschool children who turn 4 by the end of Sept. and new students, please notify Maria Sikoutris at as soon as possible. Registration BEFORE the first day of classes helps the teachers and director plan for the upcoming year. Formal in-person registration will occur September 11th and the 18th.


A Beginner's and an Intermediate Beginner's Greek language class will be offered again this year. Both will have one 40 minute lesson per week starting mid-October and ending early April. The Beginner's Class will be offered in-person Mondays at 7:30 pm and the same lesson online on Thursdays at 11:30 am.  Registration is $50 plus the textbook cost. 

Intermediate Beginner's Class will be in-person once a week alternating between Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm and online Thursdays at 10:30 am with 6 additional conversation classes the last 12 weeks.  The Registration fee is $65. Registration for both classes begins today, Sept. 11th in-person after church; or email Maria Sikoutris at for further information.


Volunteer parishioners present lessons on spiritual topics that interest and excite them, on Sundays, 11:30 am-12:00pm, in the Conference Room. Classes resume at the beginning of October.


The St. Makrina Bible Study group invites all to the annual Retreat for Adults on Saturday, Nov. 12. Learning the Liturgy will be the theme.  


Evening Prayer Sessions  

The FAITH IN ACTION group has Evening Prayer Sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday of each week at 8:30pm (EST) for all those interested.
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 867 187 8236 Passcode: Jesus
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,8671878236# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,8671878236# US (New York).

Practicing Prayer

There will be an online book study on Practicing Prayer, by Fr. Alexander Goussetis. The group will meet weekly for 5 sessions, beginning on October 26.


We still have one open date for coffee hour hosting in September as well as open dates in the second half of October, mere weeks away!  Please call the church office or send an email to to book your preferred day. 


His Grace Bishop ANTHONY will be visiting St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bainbridge, OH on Sunday, September 25, 2022 to celebrate the parish's 20th anniversary. A celebratory banquet will be held from 5:00-7:30 p.m. that evening at The Bertram Inn & Conference Center, 600 N. Aurora Rd., Aurora, OH. The cost is $40 per person. Ticket includes beverage station, hors d’oeuvres, salad, plated dinner, and dessert. For reservations email John Dumot at Please RSVP by Monday, September 19, 2022


We have once again begun collecting forgotten possessions - no surprise after the festival. Glasses, umbrellas, water bottles, beach towels, umbrellas, kids items, glasses, clothing, and did I mention glasses and umbrellas? All are filling our unclaimed basket to overflowing. Please check in the office to reclaim your items!


The Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in No. Royalton will host a Men Who Cook benefit on Saturday, October 8th, from 5:00- 8:00 pm at 4548 Wallings Rd. Vote for your favorite chef with monetary donations! Proceeds benefit Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center and other Philoptochos charities. TIckets are $30.00 in advance, $35.00 at the door; soft drinks are included and there will be a cash wine bar. For more information, visit


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

The joyful news of your resurrection was told to the women disciples of the Lord by the angel. Having thrown off the ancestral curse, and boasting, they told the apostles: death has been vanquished, Christ our God. is risen, bestowing on the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the 4th Tone

Thy Nativity, O Theotokos, hath procliamed joy to the whole world; for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, annulling the curse and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

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 4th Tone

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."