Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2022-10-02
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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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Past Bulletins


Oct 2, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: II Corinthians 6:1-10
GOSPEL:  Luke 6:31-36
GREEK TEXT: p.  138 (black book)
PROSFORA: Maria Sikoutris  
PANGARI: Team  D:  William Chevako, George E Loucas, Maria Misthos
OE10:30 a.m.  -  Open House-PreK, 2/3, 9-12
MEMORIAL10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial: Anita Sagaris
COFFEE HOSTS: the Raybuck, Savakis, Giannirakis and Loucas families in celebration of Will Raybuck’s Chrismation  



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

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

At that time, [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. That very day] 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 not it necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into this 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. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Christians should strive in all things and ought not to pass judgment of any kind on anyone, not on the prostitute nor on sinners nor on disorderly persons. But they should look upon all persons with a single mind and a pure eye so that it may be for such a person almost a natural and fixed attitude never to despise or judge or abhor anyone or to divide people and put them into boxes for this is purity of heart, that, when you see the sinner and the weak, you have compassion and show mercy to them.
St. Makarios the Great
Homilies 5.8, 4th century


This Week


Mon, Oct 3rd       - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Sat, Oct 8th          5:00 p.m. - Vespers
Sun, Oct 9th        -  8:15 a.m. - Matins
                           - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
10:30 a.m. - OE Open House-K/1st, 4th-8th grades
- 10:45 a.m. - 40-day Memorial: 
Georgia Elliott
                            - 10:45 a.m. - 1 year Memorial: 
Angelo Sarris


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Oct 2nd:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Oct 2nd:


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.


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 began on 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.


We are pleased to welcome everyone back for the Fall session. We  will be returning to the 11:30 am. timeslot as of this Sunday, October 2nd. Our speaker will be Dr. Michael Manos on the topic 'Integrity in the Way of the Christian'.


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 ( 


A fundraiser to support the philanthropic work of Philoptochos will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. Online and prepaid orders only, please. Fill out the online order form at before Oct 26th, then drive-through to pick up your order. Thank you in advance for your support!!


Philoptochos is seeking volunteers to help with the Gyro Sale at the end of October. You can visit to review the available slots and pick your time to help out.  


The St. Makrina Bible Study group invites all to the annual Retreat for Adults on Saturday, Nov. 12th. "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)  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  

2) 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.

3)  Our annual parish "Fall Fest" will occur on Sunday, October 30th for all HOPE, JOY, and GOYA families from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.. It will be a wonderful event with friends, games, candy, costumes, musical chairs, and more! We look forward to seeing you then. Contact Ted with any questions.

4)  Camp Nazareth will host the GOYA Fall Retreat the weekend of November 18th - 20th. Katrina Bitar, director of YES (Youth Equipped to Serve) will be speaking on "The Church as a Place of Healing." Online registration will begin on Monday, October 3rd at Contact Fr. Stephen regarding parish scholarship opportunities. Contact Ted regarding a St. Cons GOYA carpool.


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:

  • Today, 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.

The Walk/Play-a-thon will walk from church to the school playground and back, only a half hour or less; plus playing at the playground for 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. 


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 throughout the end of the year.  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 Grave Tone

By your cross you destroyed death, and opened paradise to the thief. You transformed the sorrow of the Myrrh-bearers, and commanded the apostles to proclaim that you have risen from the dead, Christ our God, granting to the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Martyrs Cyprian and Justina in the 4th Tone

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Cyprian. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

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.