Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-08-07
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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


Past Bulletins


This new COVID variant is a tough one.  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 for the time being.  This is one thing we can do to help care for and protect those who are most vulnerable among us.



Demetria Sarantopoulos, 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, Mary Garbis, Jeff Richardson, Anne Fierros, Georgia Vourlitis, Katherine Rovos, Nora Paltadakis, Peter Fellios, Aphrodite Sacorafas, Cynthia Sacorafas, Mimi Howland, Anthony Lizardy, Susan Comitas, Helen Theofan, Nikki Cozakos, Stavroula Georgopoulos, Toula Panos, Maria Poniros, Desiree Plagis, Kelee Tsitsikaos, Michael L. Pappas, Baby Michael Wyatt Pappas, Vasillos Gavrilos, Despina Geotas, Freddi Zulim, Georgia Stamos Zulim, Emmanuel Stamos (Hatzimanolis), Maria Stamos (Hatzimanolis), Vassili Stamos (Hatizimanolis), Garrett Lavin, Anton Vasilevich Ovslenko, Petr Sergevich Pavlov, Wendy Anna Panagos, Caron Gray, Rev. Fr. Peter Leventis, Presbytera Despina Leventis, Judy Panagos, Chris Kailas, Toni Kanakaris, Nathaniel Cochran, Alvin Wadsworth, Terri Urosevich, Sofia Urosevich, Zackary Allen, Paula Elliott, Rachel Mandel, Sean Tubbs, Duane Tubbs, Alexandra Tzatzalos.

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



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Seventh Mode

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Transfiguration in the Seventh Mode

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure. Shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending, through the prayers of the Theotokos. Light-bestower, 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 Seventh Mode

You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Seventh Mode. 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 First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17.

Brethren, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:14-22

At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.


Wisdom of the Fathers

And another thing too we learn, the self-restraint of the disciples which they practised in necessary things, and how little they accounted of food.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

For being twelve, they had five loaves only and two fishes; so secondary to them were the things of the body: so did they cling to the things spiritual only. And not even that little did they hold fast, but gave up even it when asked.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

The miracle of the bread revealed the One through Whom the soil, when planted with seed, multiplies. What was done invisibly, once brought to light, proclaimed Who it is that always works invisibly. It was not only at that time that Jesus with five loaves does many great things. In the world He was not idle or inactive but was always at work feeding everyone and taking nothing for Himself. Because He was unknown, therefore, He came feeding, eating and feeding, so that through those things that are seen, He Who was unseen might appear.
Eusebius of Emesa
Homily 8.12. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: Matthew 14-28. Intervarsity Press, 2002, p. 9.


Saints and Feasts

August 07

8th Sunday of Matthew

August 07

Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

August 07

Dometios the Martyr of Persia & 2 Disciples

This Martyr, who lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, was a Persian by race and an idolater by religion. He was catechized by a certain Christian named Abarus. He went to Nisibis, a city of Mesopotamia, where he was baptized and donned the monastic habit in a certain monastery. He afterwards ascended a mountain and there endured in extreme ascetical struggles, working miracles for those that came to him, and converting many unbelievers. Julian the Apostate learned of these things as he was marching against the Persians in 363, and at his command the Saint and his two disciples were stoned to death, as they were chanting the Sixth Hour.

August 07

Narcissus the Hieromartyr of Jerusalem

Saint Nárcissus was the thirtieth (or thirty-first) Bishop of Jerusalem after Saint James the Brother of the Lord (October 23). He was a temperate, philanthropic, instructive, and uncompromising man in the performance of his duties, without being hindered by his enemies. The Church historian Eusebius describes two miraculous events (History of the Church, Book 6, 9.8).

On the night of Pascha, the lamps of the church ran out of oil, and the entire congregation was distressed by this. Saint Nárcissus told the deacons to bring him water. After praying over the water, the Bishop instructed them to pour the water into the lamps, and to trust in the Lord. They obeyed him without question, and found that the water had been turned into oil. Many of those present kept some of the oil in remembrance of this miracle.

Although most of his flock loved their Archpastor, the Saint's energy and conscientiousness as a bishop disturbed some who were not as attentive to their own duties. Knowing that they were guilty of many transgressions, they feared that these might be discovered, and that they would be punished. To avoid this, they brought various accusations against the Hierarch. In order to convince people that they spoke the truth, they swore oaths. The first said, 'If this is not true, may I be burnt to death." Another said, "May my body be wasted by leprosy." A third said, "May I lose my sight."

None of the faithful believed these malicious lies, for they knew of the Saint's character and integrity. The blameless one, however, was so distressed by their contemptible allegations, that he went to a remote desert, remaining there for several years. It was not long before the Lord justified His faithful servant and punished those false witnesses as they deserved. The first perjurer's house caught fire during the night from a small spark which landed on the roof. That man and his family were were burnt to ashes. The second was stricken by the very disease that he had named, and so his entire body, from head to toe, was ravaged by it. Seeing what had happened to the others, and realizing that he could not escape God's judgment, the third prevaricator publicly confessed his part in the intrigue. He exhausted himself with lamentations and a flood of tears, so much so that he lost the sight in both eyes. This was the price these evil men paid for their lies.

So that the Church of Jerusalem would not remain

August 07

The Holy Ten Thousand Ascetics of Thebes

August 07

Our Holy Father Nicanorus the Wonderworker

August 07

Theodosius the New

August 07

Joseph Gerontogiannis of Lithines Sitia

August 07

Sozon of Nicomedea


This Week

  • Church Calendar

    August 1 to August 15, 2022

    Monday, August 1

    Dormition Fast

    Sunday, August 7

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    3:00PM Baptism

    Monday, August 8

    6:30PM Paraklesis Service

    6:30PM Pacific Coast Harmony - Rehearsal

    Tuesday, August 9

    6:30PM YAL Bible Study (Zoom)

    Wednesday, August 10

    4:30PM Armenian Relief Society (Phillips Center)

    6:30PM Paraklesis Service

    Thursday, August 11

    9:00AM Fire Suppression Systems Maintenance

    Friday, August 12

    6:30PM Paraklesis Service

    Saturday, August 13

    8:00AM Festival Prep

    Sunday, August 14

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:30PM Dormition Vespers

    Monday, August 15



Save the Date

  • Aug. 16th Bible Study with Father Michael Resumes (see flyer)
  • Aug. 18th Submissions for September Vine are Due
  • Aug. 18th Festival Baking with Father Angel, All are welcome (see flyer)
  • Aug. 21st Padres Greek Heritage Cap Day (see flyer)
  • Aug. 23rd Bible Study with Father Michael (weekly on Tuesdays)
  • Aug. 23rd Prep/Serve Meal for Interfaith's Haven House Shelter 
  • Aug. 24th Youth Greek Dance Practice Resumes
  • Aug. 28th AHEPA Scholarship Sunday
  • Aug. 29th John the Baptist Service
  • Sept. 1st Eclessiastial New Year Service
  • Sept. 1st through 5th YAL Conference in San Diego ( (see flyer)
  • Sept. 10th and 11th Cardiff Greek Festival returns (
  • Sept. 18th Sunday School Kick Off Event
  • Oct. 2nd Church Music Sunday and College Student Sunday
  • Oct. 21st Dance Workshops followed by OXI Day Glendi by Dance Groups 
  • Nov. 12th Saint Helen Philoptochos Fundraiser - An Evening in Tuscany (see flyer)



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EPISTLE READINGS: Peter Fellios in Greek, Alexander Bodt in English.  

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

FELLOWSHIP OFFERED BY:  Laure Bemis and Carolyn Koumaras

SUNDAY SCHOOL is on break until September.

COMMUNION: Communion is offered to the newly baptized/chrismated first, and then each row will be called forward by the Parish Council.  If you wish to receive a blessing only, please come forward when your row is called for Communion and ask for a blessing when you approach the Priest.  Communion is offered to Orthodox Christians who are baptized/chrismated in the Orthodox faith, who are in good standing, and who are prepared to receive the Holy Gifts. 


  • Giving Tree – Make a Tax Deductible Donation – Sponsor a Booth or Items.  select from items on the Giving Tree list during Fellowship.  Your donation helps offset the costs incurred to set up and run the Festival.

  • Sponsors and Advertisers:  Show your support for our 42nd Greek Festival 2022 by placing and ad in our program book or becoming a Festival Sponsor.  Contact Debbie Rycyzyn,, for more info on our program book or visit us at our Festival Table during fellowship to place an advertisement.

  • Volunteer:  One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time!  Volunteer today to serve God, support the church, and make new friends.  Stop by the Festival table to sign up to help.