Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-10-17
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (760) 942-0920
  • Fax:
  • (760) 942-3603
  • Street Address:

  • 3459 Manchester Ave. #32

  • Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007

Contact Information

Services Schedule


8:30AM  Orthros

10:00AM Divine Liturgy



8:30AM  Orthros

9:30AM Divine Liturgy


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We care about you, your health, and the health of our children.  Therefore with love, we strongly recommend that everyone wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status until the Delta variant is under control.  This is one thing we can do to help care for and protect those who are most vulnerable among us.



Demetria Sarantopoulos, Catherine Caldes, Peter and Lydia Chaconas, Patricia Karetas, Jim and Vasil Karounos, Litsa Mitchell, Brittany Howland, Marianne McDonald, Angele Lorio, Victoria Benzel, Daphne Triphon, Yvette Hamud, George Gillespie, Becky Stathes Parks Snell, Barbara Tsotsos, Mary Garbis, Jeff Richardson, Anne Fierros, Cleo Menas, Georgia Vourlitis, Katherine Rovos, Steve Malott and family, Nora Paltadakis, Peter Fellios, Aphrodite Sacorafas, Cynthia Sacorafas, Mimi Howland, Mary Bruscella, Anthony Lizardy, Susan Comitas, Helen Theofan, Nikki Cozakos and family, Stavroula Georgopoulos, Chuch Hasting, Toula Panos, Maria Poniros

If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, please contact the office.




Spiro Charles Karvellas, 1 Year Memorial, loving husband, father and Papou.

Mary Ellen Waiter. 10 Year Memorial, loving mother and grandmother.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Eighth Mode

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Eighth Mode

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

He beheld the image of your Cross in the Heavens, and as Paul, he too did not receive the call from men.  Your apostle among Kings placed the care of the Royal City in Your hands.  Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O only Loving Lord, keep it ever in peace.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Wisdom of the Fathers

For by seed here He means His doctrine, and by land, the souls of men, and by the sower, Himself .... For as the sower makes no distinction in the land submitted to him, but simply and indifferently casts his seed; so He Himself too makes no distinction of rich and poor, of wise and unwise, of slothful or diligent, of brave or cowardly; but He discourses unto all, fulfilling His part, although foreknowing the results.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 44 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

When you see life's pleasures, beware that they might not distract you, for they conceal death's snares. Likewise a fisherman casts not his hook to no purpose. As bait for his hook, the enemy uses the delusion of sensuality to arouse desire, that he might thereby catch men's souls and subject them to himself. A soul which has been caught to serve the enemy's will then serves as a snare for other souls, for it conceals the grief of sin with its apparent delight.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
A Spiritual Psalter no 43, pg. 74, 4th century

His is truly the Sower of all that is good, and we are His farm. The whole harvest of spiritual fruits is by Him and from Him. He taught us this when He said, 'Without me you can do nothing.'
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 41. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: Luke. Downer's Grove: Intervarsity Press, 132.


Saints and Feasts

October 17

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.

October 17

Hosea the Prophet

According to some, Hosea, whose name means "God is help," was from the tribe of Issachar, or more likely, from that of Reuben; he was the son of Beeri. He is the first in order of the twelve minor Prophets and the most ancient of all. He prophesied in the days of the divided Kingdom; the Lord told him to take a harlot to wife (Hosea 1:2), and then an adulteress (ibid., 3:1). The harlot, a known sinner, was a figure of the Kingdom of Israel in Samaria, which openly worshipped idols; the adulteress, lawfully married yet sinning secretly with her lovers, was a figure of the Kingdom of Judah in Jerusalem, which, while having the Temple, and the priesthood, and the divine worship according to the Law, stealthily served the idols also. The Prophet Hosea prophesied for sixty years, and lived for some ninety years, from 810 to 720 B.C. His book is divided into fourteen chapters.

October 17

Andrew the Righteous Monk-martyr of Crete

Saint Andrew was from the island of Crete, where he lived the monastic life. During the reign of Constantine Copronymus, he came to Constantinople and suffered many things in defence of the veneration of the holy icons. Finally, he was dragged through the market, bound by the feet, one of which was severed by a fishmonger wielding a cleaver, and thus the Saint surrendered his spirit unto God in the year 761. His sacred relics were buried at a certain place called "The Judgment."

October 17

Holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian of Arabia

October 17

Removal and Placing of the Sacred Relics of the Holy and Righteous Lazarus

October 18

Luke the Evangelist

This Apostle was an Antiochean, a physician by trade, and a disciple and companion of Paul. He wrote his Gospel in Greek after Matthew and Mark, after which he wrote the Acts of the Apostles, and dedicated both works to Theophilus, who, according to some, was Governor of Achaia. He lived some eighty-six years and died in Achaia, perhaps in Patras, the capital of this district. His emblem is the calf, the third symbolical beast mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), which is a symbol of Christ's sacrificial and priestly office, as Saint Irenaeus says.


This Week

  • Church Calendar

    October 17 to October 24, 2021

    Sunday, October 17

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Youth Family Summit for Advanced Planning

    12:30PM Greek Dance Practice: Opalakia Group

    Monday, October 18

    6:00PM Orthodoxy 101

    6:30PM Pacific Coast Harmony - Rehearsal

    6:30PM Greek Language School Advanced Children

    Tuesday, October 19

    10:30AM Bible Study with Father Michael

    4:00PM Greek School- Pre k, K combined

    5:30PM Greek Dance Practice: Armonia and Filia Groups

    6:00PM Greek School- Beginner Adult

    6:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, October 20

    5:15PM Greek School- Children Group B

    6:00PM Greek School- Adult Advanced with Mr. Andreas

    6:00PM Greek School- Adult Intermed. with Ms. Akrive

    Thursday, October 21

    4:00PM Greek School: Level B with Ms. Rena

    Saturday, October 23

    4:00PM JOY Pumpkin Patch Outing

    Sunday, October 24

    Ministry Sunday

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Greek Dance Practice: Opalakia Group


Save the Date

Sept. 29th through Dec. 15th,  Liturgics Course for Parish Music Leaders, Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm  via Zoom. Email:

Oct. 17th Youth Family Summit -- join us to discuss our future building plans, Youth Ministry and more!

Oct. 19th and Oct. 26th 6:30pm OrthoTalks for Jr. High/Middle School Students and Parents with Father Gary Kyriacou. Register at

Oct. 19th Parish Council Meeting

Oct. 23rd JOY Pumpkin Patch Outing 

Oct. 24th Ministry Sunday

Nov. 3rd Dinner and a Movie in San Marcos - Joine us for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory and then to the San Marcos Regal Cinema to see "The Most Relucant Convert", a movie about the life of C.S. Lewis.  We have 25 tickets in all so reserve early.  

Nov. 7th Stewardship Sunday and General Assembly Meeting

Nov. 16th Primetimers Game Day Luncheon in Pappas Hall (changed from 11/9 to 11/16)

Nov. 13th 6:00pm "Abracadabra!  Mingle, Magic and More!" Philoptochos Annual Gala in Pappas Magic Palace!  See flyer for details.  Please RSVP for this event.

Dec. 11th Masters of Harmony and Pacific Coast Harmony Christmas Concert 

Dec. 12th Parish Christmas Party after Church



Stay current online

To stay current, check the Parish web site for calendar updates, flyers, and other important news.


EPISTLE READERS:  In Greek by Costa Cassapakis; in English by George Tsoris.

FELLOWSHIP HOSTED BY:  Daughters of Penelope.

PROSFORON OFFERED BY:  Christine Dorudian, Matina Dale and Maria Kladouras.

CHURCH GREETERS:  We are recruiting additional church greeters.  Your commitment can be just a couple of Sundays a year.  If you are interested, please call/text Rana Birouty (858) 603-6658. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Classes have resumed.  It's not too late to register.  Check the link on the web site or proceed to our class rooms downstairs and speak with one of the teachers.  Children will take Communion then go downstairs to class.    



    Youth Summit

    Youth Summit

    October 17th after Liturgy Share your ideas about youth ministry, our building plans, setting up ride shares, and more! Let's plan for our our future together!

    OrthoTalks for Jr. High/Middle School Students and Parents

    OrthoTalks for Jr. High/Middle School Students and Parents

    Join Father Gary Kyriacou along with members of the Metropolis Family Wellness Ministry team for an in-depth Zoom gathering on the Orthodox Christian response to bullying, how to deal with someone that is mean, and understanding brokenness. This series will aid the student’s social development by reinforcing the teachings of our Lord and His Church. If you are a Middle/Junior High School Student, we invite you and your parents to join us! This is a two-part series on Tuesday, October 19 and 26, both at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register for this free workshop, visit

    Dinner and a Movie Nov. 3rd

    Dinner and a Movie Nov. 3rd

    Join us for dinner and a movie! Dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory at 4:30pm Movie at San Marcos Regal Cinema at 7pm ($16 per ticket - Limited to 25 Tickets!) Attend one or both events!

    Saint Helen Philoptochos Annual Fundraiser

    Saint Helen Philoptochos Annual Fundraiser

    Joint us November 13th at 6:00pm in Pappas Magic Palace for Abra Cadabra! Mingle, Magic & More! An evening of magic is sure to delight. Ben Silver's tricks will amaze you this night. You'll mingle with friends, enjoy drinks and a dinner. Please come, raise your spirits, and leave as a winner. Saint Helen Philoptochos Fundraiser benefitting Interfaith Community Services and Philoptochos Charities. We will follow state and local COVID guidelines.

    Masters of Harmony Christmas Concert

    Masters of Harmony Christmas Concert

    Saturday, December 11 at 3:00pm Join us for a special Christmas Concert! Limited number of tickets available.

    Liturgics Course for Parish Music Leaders in Metropolis of San Francisco

    Liturgics Course for Parish Music Leaders in Metropolis of San Francisco

    The Metropolis Church Music Ministry is offering a comprehensive Liturgics Course, tailored to the needs of our Metropolis parish music leaders— the head chanters and directors of adult and youth choirs and those who aspire to those roles. The Liturgics course will include eight (8) sessions beginning on Wednesday, September 29 through December 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Pacific Time via Zoom. The curriculum will cover the basic structure, content, and theology of the liturgical services of the Orthodox Church, focusing on the central daily liturgical cycle of Divine Liturgy, Vespers, and Matins (Orthros). For more information, please email

    Youth and YAL Events - Winter & Spring Calendar

    Youth and YAL Events - Winter & Spring Calendar

    A listing of upcoming events for our Youth and Young Adult programs.