Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-09-25
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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 25, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: II Corinthians 4:6-15
GOSPEL:  Luke 5:1-11
GREEK TEXT: p.  136 (black book)
PROSFORA: Maria Gentis  
PANGARI: Team  C: George Stamatis, Helen Demore
40-DAY BLESSING: 10:45 a.m. - Thalia Demetriou
40-DAY BLESSING: 10:45 a.m. - Theodore Demetriou
PHILOPTOCHOS: 11:00 a.m.  -  Membership Meeting



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking spices, which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered His words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the Apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.

Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel Reading

1st Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

At that time, as Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For many have taken part with the holy apostles in their labors, and still do so, especially those who inquire into the meaning of what is written in the holy Gospels ... For the net is still being drawn, while Christ fills it, and calls to conversion those who, according to the Scripture phrase, are in the depths of the sea, that is to say, those who live in the surge and waves of worldly things.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Homily XII, Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, 5th Century


This Week


Mon, Sept 26th     - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Oct 1st           - 9:00 a.m. - Children's In-person Greek School
1:00 p.m. - Acolyte training
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers

Sun, Oct 2nd         -  8:15 a.m. - Matins
                            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
10:30 a.m. - OE Open House-PreK, 2/3, 9-12
 - 10:45 a.m. - 40-day Memorial:
Anita Sagaris
11:00 a.m. Orthodox Forum resumes
 12:00 p.m. - Walk-A-Thon
                            -  12:30 p.m.  HOPE/JOY Field Trip


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 25th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Sept 25th:


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


Fr. Matthew Thurman of St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church is presenting a free public lecture series: “Get to Know the Original” - four presentations that explore basic understandings of the Orthodox Church through key terms. The series begins Thursday, Sept 29th. All sessions are in person at St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church 18046 Chillicothe Rd Bainbridge, OH 44023. For more information you can email or call (440) 384-3285.


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.


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.  


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.


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)  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.

2) 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 Wednesday, Sept 28th.

3)  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

4) Camp Nazareth will host a Fall Retreat for young adults (ages 18 - 35ish) the weekend of October 28th - 30th. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jenny Haddad Mosher, talking about "Feet First into the Faith." The weekend will be filled with friends, food, and fun. Register at See Ted with any questions or about carpools. 


Parents, if you have not already done so, please register as soon as possible. Orthodox Education will be holding Open House on the following dates:

  • Oct 2nd: PreK, 2nd/3rd & 9th/10th grades.  Walk-a-thon is right afterwards, from 12 noon - 1pm.
  • Oct. 9th: K/1st, 4th-6th and 7th/8th grades.

If you are interested in the Walk/Play-a-thon on October 2nd, please let Maria know by September 27th. She will give you the sponsor form packet. We will walk from church to the school playground and back. To there and back is only a half hour walk or even less and playing at the playground an additional half an hour. If it rains, we will walk and have activities indoors.This money will go to Ancient Faith to help them fundraise money for very short Orthodox Christian videos as part of a website for children.

If there are questions on any of this, please email Maria Sikoutris at as soon as possible.


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. 


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 ( 


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!


We have open dates for coffee hour hosting in October and November.  Please call the church office or send an email to to book your preferred day. 


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


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 2nd Tone

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those guarding it became as dead. Mary stood at your grave seeking your pure body. But you stripped the power of Hades, yet were not touched by corruption. You met the virgin and granted her life. O Lord, who

Apolytikion for Euphrosyne of Alexandria 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 Euphrosyne, 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.