Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-05-08
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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 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, Spiro Kailas, Chris Kailas, Toni Kanakaris, the family of Barbara Tsotsos.

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




Trisagion for Barbara Tsotsos mother of Bill Tsotsos and Jim (Bara) Tsotsos.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Fifth Mode

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode

The noble Joseph, taking Thine immaculate Body down from the Tree, and having wrapped It in pure linen and spices, laid It for burial in a new tomb. But on the third day Thou didst arise, O Lord, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode

Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave: Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. But cry out: The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Synaxis of John the Theologian in the Second Mode

O Apostle, beloved of Christ our God, hasten to deliver a defenceless people. He that allowed thee to recline on His breast, receiveth thee bowing in intercession. Implore Him, O Theologian, to dispel the persistent cloud of the heathen, and ask for us His peace and great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Eighth Mode

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Eighth Mode. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. John's First Universal Letter 1:1-7.

THAT WHICH WAS from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life - the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us - that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


Wisdom of the Fathers

They [the women] had followed Him ministering to Him, and were present even unto the time of the dangers. Wherefore also they saw all; how He cried, how He gave up the ghost, how the rocks were rent, and all the rest.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century

The second [Sunday after Pascha] is dedicated to the women who visited the tomb of Christ, hoping to anoint his body with myrrh, but they found an empty tomb instead. In many ways, this reflects the content of every Sunday and every Divine Liturgy: we come to church to celebrate the sacrifice of Christ, which takes place on the altar, a symbol of the tomb of Christ. Our testimony, every time, is that the tomb is empty, a reflection of the revelation to the Myrrh bearers.
Rev. Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos
Gazing on God: Trinity, Church and Salvation in Orthodox Thought and Iconography. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2013, 55-56.

The very fire which purifies gold, also consumes wood. Precious metals shine in it like the sun, rubbish burns with black smoke. All are in the same fire of Love. Some shine and others become black and dark. In the same furnace steel shines like the sun, whereas clay turns dark and is hardened like stone. God is a loving fire, and He is a loving fire for all: good and bad. There is, however, a great difference in the way people receive this loving fire of God. The difference is in man, not God.
Dr. Alexandre Kalomiros
The River of Fire, pp. 17 & 19, 20th century


Saints and Feasts

May 08

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to the sepulchre, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to annoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils, that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called the Myrrh-bearers. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all, the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called "the mother of James and Joses" (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene (celebrated July 22); Mary, the wife of Clopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence (Matt 27:55-56; 28:1-10. Mark 15:40-41. Luke 8:1-3; 23:55-24:11, 22-24. John 19:25; 20:11-18. Acts 1:14).

Together with them we celebrate also the secret disciples of the Saviour, Joseph and Nicodemus. Of these, Nicodemus was probably a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy Scriptures. He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Saviour's preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night. Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence and love for the divine Teacher (John 19:39). Joseph, who was from the city of Arimathea, was a wealthy and noble man, and one of the counsellors who were in Jerusalem. He went boldly unto Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus he gave Him burial. Since time did not permit the preparation of another tomb, he placed the Lord's body in his own tomb which was hewn out of rock, as the Evangelist says (Matt. 27:60).

May 08

Arsenios the Great

Saint Arsenios was a deacon of the Church of Rome, born of an illustrious family, and wondrous in virtue. In the days of Saint Theodosius the Great, he was chosen to be the tutor of the Emperor's young sons, Arcadius and Honorius. While living at the imperial palace in Constantinople, compassed with all luxury and innumerable temptations to sin, Arsenios often besought God with tears to guide him to salvation. This prayer was answered one day when a voice came to him saying, "Arsenios, flee from men, and thou shalt be saved." He sailed secretly to Alexandria, and from there went to Scete, where he became a monk. Yet after he had withdrawn from the world, and was come among the most illustrious monks of his day, he heard, 'Arsenios, flee, be silent, pray always, for these are the causes of sinning not." Following this call, he separated himself even from his fellow monks, practicing extreme silence. On Saturday evenings, he would turn his back on the setting sun, and would stretch out his hands in prayer to Heaven, till the sun shone upon his face the following morning, and only then would he sit down. Once a monk came to visit him, and looking into his cell saw Arsenios entirely like a flame of fire. After living some fifty-five years as a monk, and attaining to heights reached by few, he reposed in peace about the year 449, at the age of ninety-five.

May 08

Synaxis of the Holy Powder (or manna) which emitted from the tomb of Saint John the Theologian

The feast today in honour of the holy Apostle John commemorates the miracle taking place each year in Ephesus, in which a certain dust or powder, called manna, suddenly poured forth from his tomb and was used by the faithful for deliverance from maladies of both soul and body. For an account of his life, see September 26.


This Week

  • Church Calendar

    May 8 to May 15, 2022

    Sunday, May 8

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, May 9

    4:30PM Greek School- Pre k, K combined

    6:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    6:30PM Greek Language School Advanced Children

    Tuesday, May 10

    9:30AM Trisagion, Funeral, Makaria

    3:30PM Greek School - Beginner w/Ms. Rena

    6:00PM Greek School- Beginner Adult

    6:00PM Philoptochos Board Meeting

    6:15PM Greek School w/Ms. Rena - Level A (Armin)

    Wednesday, May 11

    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

    7:00PM Boy Scouts

    7:00PM Orthodox Theology Course with Dr. Eve Tibbs (In Person in Irvine or via Zoom)

    7:00PM Youth Board Meeting

    Thursday, May 12

    2:00PM Greek School: Nipio w/Ms. Rena

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

    5:30PM Greek School - Intermediate Level with Ms. Rena

    7:00PM Dance Board Meeting

    Saturday, May 14

    9:30AM Bee-Treat!

    10:00AM Greek School All children classes (5 - 12 yo)

    4:00PM Bach Collegium Set Up

    7:00PM Bach Collegium Concert: Apotheosis of the Dance

    Sunday, May 15

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Memorial: DOP Doves

    11:45AM Ahepa Sunday - Fellowship

    12:45PM Parish General Assembly Meeting


Save the Date

  • May 15th AHEPA DAY and ANCESTRY REVERANCE - bring family photos to Pappa Hall before church on May 15th.  Contact Jim Caldes (858-922-5602) for more information.
  • May 15th Daughters of Penelope Dove Memorial Service (see flyer)
  • May 15th Parish General Assembly (see flyer)
  • May 16th PanArcadian Scholarship Application Due (see
  • May 17th Bible Study with Father MIchael Resumes via Zoom (see flyer)
  • May 25th 11am PrimeTimers Game Day in Pappas Hall (contact Vasil or Matina for details)
  • May 28th AHEPA Dance Workshop in the Phillips Center (see flyer)
  • May 29th Teaching Liturgy with Sister Vassa Larin (see flyer)
  • May 30th Memorial Day - Office Closed
  • May 31st Help Prep, Transport and/or Serve a meal to those in need at Interfaith's Haven House Shelter (see flyer)
  • May 31st Church Scholarship Applications Due (
  • May 31st thru June 13th Pilgrimage led by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America (see May Vine for details)
  • June 4th Taverna Night (see flyer)
  • June 5th Dance Board Elections in the Conference Room after Church
  • June 11th St. Helen Philoptochos General Assembly (details to follow)
  • June 11th Greek Night at the San Diego Loyal Soccer Game (see May Vine for more information).
  • June 11th - 18th Greek Village Camp 2022 @ St. Nicholas Ranch (see May Vine for more information)
  • June 12th Godparents' Sunday and Last Day of Sunday School before Summer Break (details to follow)
  • June 20th Applications for 2022 FAITH Scholarships due (see May Vine for more information)
  • Sept. 10th and 11th Cardiff Greek Festival returns (details to follow)



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EPISTLE READERS:  In Greek by Maria Goudoumanis; in English by Laure Bemis

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Teachers, Students, and their families should come forward for Communion first when called by the Parish Council.  Then they will proceed downstairs to their classrooms.  

COMMUNION: 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.  Communion is offered to Sunday School first, then the newly baptized/chrismated, and then each row will be called forward.  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.  

VOLUNTEER:  Hands of Peace brings youth from Israel, Palestine, and the United States to Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad for three weeks of dialogue and leadership development.  We sponsor their cultural night each year.  They are seeking local families to host participants in their homes from July 6-25.  To sign up or learn more contact Melanie Stanek,, 215-666-2916.

APHEPA DAY:  May 15th during fellowship hour.  Ancestry Reverance - bring family photos to Pappa Hall before church on May 15th.  Contact Jim Caldes (858-922-5602) for more information. 

AHEPA DANCE WORKSHOP:  May 28th 11am to 2pm in the Phillips Center.  This is a great chance to get your dance moves ready for Taverna Night on June 4th!

TEACHING LITURGY:  Join us Sunday May 29th when Sister Vassa Larin will hold a teaching liturgy.  She will explain key events in the service giving context and information on why we worship the way we do.

TAVERNA NIGHT:  Please join us June 4th for Taverna Night (OPA!) from 4 to 10pm in the back parking lot.  Pick your favorite, Gyro or Souvlaki and enjoy friends, music, and fun as a parish community.





    Short Orthodox Theology Course - 6 weeks starting 5/11

    Short Orthodox Theology Course - 6 weeks starting 5/11

    A Very Short Course in Orthodox Theology with Dr. Eve Tibbs - in person in Irvine or via Zoom

    BeeTreat Youth & Families Retreat 5/14

    BeeTreat Youth & Families Retreat 5/14

    Join families and youth at St. Paul's in Irvine for a BeeTreat!

    Parish General Assembly 5/15

    Parish General Assembly 5/15

    Join us for the Parish General Assembly on 5/15

    Memorial Dove Service 5/15

    Memorial Dove Service 5/15

    Honor a loved one at a special memorial service to be held on May 15th. Purchase a paper dove for the service. All proceeds go to Daughters of Penelope.

    Bible Study Resumes 5/17

    Bible Study Resumes 5/17

    After a break for Holy Week, we are resuming online Bible Study with Father Michael. Email the office to receive the link. If you are already on the list, you will receive a link and reminder Tuesday morning.

    AHEPA Dance Workshop 5/28

    AHEPA Dance Workshop 5/28

    It's never too late to learn to Greek Dance, or to add a few new steps/variations. This is a great way to get ready for Taverna Night as well!

    Teaching Liturgy 5/29

    Teaching Liturgy 5/29

    A special teaching liturgy with Sister Vassa on 5/29. She will offer insights and information throughout the Liturgy explaining why we worship the way we do.

    Help the Homeless 5/31

    Help the Homeless 5/31

    We will be prepping and service a meal to the homeless on 5/31 this month.

    Taverna Night 6/4

    Taverna Night 6/4

    Come show your Greek spirit! Greek music and dancing under the stars. Gyro or Souvlaki competition!

    Host Families Needed July 6-25

    Host Families Needed July 6-25

    Hands of Peace brings students from Israel, Palestine, and the US together for leadership and dialogue. Our church hosts their cultural night each year. They are looking for host families for the students.