Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-04-14
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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

Memorials & Prayers


No memorials today.


Demetria Sarantopoulos, Peter and Lydia Chaconas, Patricia Karetas, 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, Anthony Lizardy, Susan Comitas, Helen Theofan, Nikki Cozakos, Stavroula Georgopoulos, Desiree Plagis, Kelee Tsitsikaos, Michael L. Pappas, Vasillos Gavrilos, Despina Geotas, Freddi Zulim, Georgia Stamos Zulim, Emmanuel Stamos (Hatzimanolis), Maria Stamos (Hatzimanolis), Vassili Stamos (Hatizimanolis), Anton Vasilevich Ovslenko, Petr Sergevich Pavlov, Caron Gray, Nathaniel Cochran, Amalia Wadsworth, Terri Urosevich, Sofia Urosevich, Zackary Allen, Paula Elliott, Rachel Mandel, Sean Tubbs, Duane Tubbs, Alexandra Tzatzalos, Henry Schrik, Alex Rigopoulos, Maria Alexandrovna Pavlova, Ron Potts, Lexi Rogers, Espe Reyes, Nasia Ampelas, Connie Moulios, Chris Panagos, Harry Chris Karnazes, Mary Karnazes, Peter Stacy, Spiro Kailas, Al Wadsworth, Carol Robinson, Derek Miller. If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, please contact the office.





Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Eighth Mode

With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Eighth Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

Our own determination and intention together with the help of God come into play in every spiritual act of ours, visible or not, and the latter is unlikely to operate without the former.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 26:On Discernment; Paulist Press pg. 240-241, 6th century


Saints and Feasts

April 14

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

April 14

Aristarchus, Pudens, Trophimus the Apostles of the 70

Saint Aristarchus is mentioned in the Epistle to the Colossians (4:10), and also in the Epistle to Philemon (v. 24). By his ascetical manner of life, this Saint proved to be another Saint John the Baptist. He became Bishop of Apamea in Syria, and brought many to the Faith of Christ. Saints Pudens and Trophimus are mentioned in II Timothy 4:20-21. Also, Acts 21:29 mentions that Trophimus was from Ephesus. According to sources that Saint Dorotheus of Tyre (celebrated on June 5) found written in Latin in Rome, these Apostles were beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero (54-68).

April 14

Ardalion the Actor and Martyr



  • This Week

    April 14 to April 28, 2024

    Sunday, April 14

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Myrrhbearer Tea Party - Phillips Center

    12:00PM Acolyte Hoops & Holy Week - Church Grounds

    12:15PM Choir Rehearsals

    2:00PM Agape a celebration of Love - Newport Beach

    5:00PM Panarcadian Cocktail Hour

    6:00PM PanArcadians Documentary Film Premiere

    7:30PM Panarcadian Refreshments & Appetizers

    Monday, April 15

    6:30PM Great Compline Service

    Tuesday, April 16

    Monthly Vine Submission Due

    10:30AM Bible Study (via Zoom)

    6:15PM Youth Board (Zoom)

    Wednesday, April 17

    5:00PM Y'ASOU Zoom Meeting

    6:30PM Greek Beginner Adult Class - Preschool Rooms

    6:30PM Presanctified Liturgy

    Thursday, April 18

    9:00AM Baking Group - Phillips Center Kitchen

    10:30AM Funeral

    3:00PM AHEPA Meeting - Pappas Hall

    5:30PM Greek Level 1 Children's Class

    Friday, April 19

    9:30AM Presanctified Liturgy

    6:30PM Akathist Hymn

    Saturday, April 20

    8:30AM Childrens Greek School - Classrooms

    9:00AM Confessions with both priests

    11:00AM Daughters of Penelope Membership Lunch

    6:00PM Men's Group Meeting

    Sunday, April 21

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:15PM Loss and Bereavement Grief Support Group - Conference Room

    12:15PM Choir Rehearsals

    Tuesday, April 23

    Nitsa Theofan’s 100 birthday

    Wednesday, April 24

    6:30PM Presanctified Liturgy

    Thursday, April 25

    9:00AM Baking Group - Phillips Center Kitchen

    5:30PM Greek Level 1 Children's Class

    Friday, April 26

    GOYA Lock-In

    9:30AM Presanctified Liturgy

    10:00AM Palm Sunday Setup

    Saturday, April 27

    8:30AM Lazarus Saturday - Orthros

    9:30AM Lazarus Saturday - Liturgy

    11:00AM Pancakes & Palms - Phillips Center

    Sunday, April 28

    Palm Sunday

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:15PM Choir Rehearsals

    6:30PM Bridgegroom service


Save the Date

  • SCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND - Deadline is May 31, 2024 - Application link:
  • Tuesday's Bible Study with Fr. Michael - Via Zoom -10:30 am 
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month Loss and Bereavement Grief Support Group - Conference Room
  • CARDIFF GREEK FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERING - Come support your community by donating your time four our Festival event. Visit to sign up today! 
  • Apr 15th Great Compline service - 6:30 pm
  • Apr 17th Presanctified Liturgy - 6:30 pm
  • Apr 18th Baking Group - Phillips Center Kitchen - 9 am
  • Apr 18th AHEPA Meeting - Pappas Hall Reserved from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Apr 19th Presanctified Liturgy - 9:30 am
  • Apr 19th Akathist Hymn - 6:30 pm
  • Apr 25th Baking Group - Phillips Center Kitchen - 9 am
  • Apr 26th-27th GOYA Lenten Lock-In (overnight event) The Lenten Lock-In will be a night of fellowship and spiritual growth for our teens. Be on the lookout for more via email and Flocknote.
  • Apr 27th Lazarus Saturday - 8:30 am Orthros - 9am Liturgy 
  • Apr 27th Pancakes & Palms - 11 am - Phillips Center
  • Apr 28th Palm Sunday - Orthros 8:30 am - Liturgy 10:00 am
  • Apr 28th Palm Sunday Luncheon - After Liturgy -Pappas Hall Adults & Teens $20 - 12 & under FREE -Reservations required - For reservations contact Chris Kailas by April 23 or 858-232-3939. Purchase tickets at the Philoptochos table or online.
  • Apr 28th Bridegroom service - 6:30 pm
  • Apr 29th Bridgegroom service - 6:30 pm
  • Apr 30th Bridegroom service - 6:30 pm
  • May 1st Holy Wednesday - Presanctified Liturgy - 9:00 am
  • May 1st Holy Unction - 5:00 pm
  • May 2nd Holy Thursday - Vesperal Liturgy - 9:00 am
  • May 2nd Holy Thursday - Twelve Gospels - 6:30 pm
  • May 3rd Holy Friday - Morning Hours - 8:00 am 
  • May 3rd Holy Friday - Removal From The Cross - 11:00 am
  • May 3rd Lamentations - 6:30 pm
  • May 4th Holy Saturday - Vesperal Liturgy - 9:00 am
  • May 4th Holy saturday - Pre Ressurection - 10:30 pm - Great and Holy Pascha - 11:00 pm
  • May 5th Agape Vespers - 11:00 am
  • May 5th Agape Picnic - 12:00 pm - Outside on the church grove





EPISTLE READERSMaria Goudoumanis in Greek. Laure Bemis in English.

PROSFORON OFFERED BY: Sophia Dafnis,Christine Dorudian, Toula Panos, and Amalia Manassakis.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Sunday school students (and family members) and teachers should come forward for communion first then go downstairs to their classrooms. 

COMMUNION: The newly baptized/chrismated should come forward first.  Everyone else please wait until your row is called 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.  

FELLOWSHIP:  Fellowship is being offered by Lauren Clark today.

THURSDAY BAKING GROUP:Has been busy preparing your favorite pastries.  Along with our delicious cookies, you can now place a special order for trays of  Spanakopita, Tyropita, Baklava and Karidopita.  Special orders must be placed  by April 23rd  for pick up on April 28th .Stop by during Fellowship Hour or call Toni Kanakaris 619.985.5509. 

SAINTS CONSTANTINE AND HELEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND: Deadline to submit is MAY 31, 2024! Click the link to fill out an application:

CARDIFF GREEK FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERING: We need YOU! Support your community by donating your time four our annual event. Visit to sign up today!