Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-09-18
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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


Sept 18, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Galatians 2:16-20
GOSPEL:  Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
GREEK TEXT: p. 204 (black book)
PROSFORA: Connie Tsironis  
PANGARI: Team B: Jason Berry, Costa Sarris, Marguarite Stephanopoulos
OE: First day of Orthodox Education / 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in-person registration
COFFEE HOSTS: Helen Demore
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial: In memory of Marrion Demore, may his memory be eternal 
PARISH COUNCIL OATH: 10:45 a.m. - Steve Demetriou



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. After this He appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table and He upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after 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

The key to knowledge is the humility of Christ. The door of the Kingdom of Heaven is open, not to those who only know in their learned minds the mysteries of faith and the commandments of their Creator, but to those who have progressed far enough to live by them.
St. Bede the Venerable
Unknown, 8th century


This Week


Mon, Sept 19th     - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Sept 24th       - 10:00 a.m. - First day of In-person Greek school
 NO Vespers

Sun, Sept 25th     -  8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
 - 10:45 a.m. - 40-day Blessing: 
Thalia Demetriou
 - 10:45 a.m. - 40-day Blessing: 
Theodore Demetriou
11:00 a.m.  -  Philoptochos Membership meeting


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 18th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Sept 18th:


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.


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!


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


We are pleased to announce that the Orthodox Forum will return on Sunday October 2nd. Please plan to join us at 11:30 am in the conference room for the beginning of the Fall session.


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.  


The Eastern Orthodox Women’s Guild will be holding their Annual  fundraiser on Thursday, October 13, 2022.  The event includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and entertainment, and will take place at St. Sava Cathedral, 6300 Broadview Road, Parma, Ohio 44134. Men are welcome to attend the event as well. For free tickets, see or call Katherine 216-225-7747  by the deadline of October 3rd.


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 ( 


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 26th.


1)  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.

2) 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.

3)  John Carroll's OCF (college student ministry) will have a welcome dinner on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. at Dave's Cosmic Subs (20660 N Park Blvd, University Heights). Non-JCU students are welcome to attend; just RSVP to Ted by Monday, September 26th.

4) GOYA will visit St. Herman House on Saturday, October 15th. This will be our fall service project. All youth families are encouraged to participate and help serve the meal. Send RSVPs and questions to


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 occurs today, September 18th.


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


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. 


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.


Annunciation Akron will honor Irene Theodore by sponsoring an Akron Marathon team in her name on Sept. 24th. You are invited to make a general donation in Irene's name or form a team of your own. To make a donation to Team IOCC Akron, visit and use the "Make a Gift" button. For more information, contact Gus Tsemelis at or Georgette Constantinou by phone at 330-618-9641.


The Chios Societies Cleveland Chapter is inviting you to join them at this year’s National Chiotiko Dance; to be held at the Marriott Hotel here in Cleveland on November 12th as part of the 65th National Chian Convention. Visit for more information, or contact them by email at


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 Plagal 1st Tone

Let us, the faithful, give praise and worship to the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit and born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of his own will he mounted the cross in the flesh, suffered death, and raised the dead by his glorious resurrecti

Apolytikion for Afterfeast 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 4th Tone

Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.