Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-05-15
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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


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.

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



Memorials and Churching

Loved ones as indicated on the memorial dove cut-outs, a fundraiser for Daughters of Penelope.

Churching/40 day blessing today for Baby George, parents Aaron and Zoe Springer


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 Third Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

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. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Great is the profit of the divine Scriptures, and all-sufficient is the aid which comes from them ... For the divine oracles are a treasury of all manner of medicines, so that whether it be needful to quench pride, to lull desire to sleep, to tread under foot the love of money, ... from them one may find abundant resource.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 5, 4th Century

For where tears are-- or rather, where miracles are, there tears ought not to be; not where such a mystery is celebrating. Hear, I beseech you: although somewhat of the like kind does not take place now, yet in the case of our dead likewise, a great mystery is celebrating. Say, if as we sit together, the Emperor were to send and invite some one of us to the palace, would it be right, I ask, to weep and mourn? Angels are present, commissioned from heaven and come from thence, sent from the King Himself to call their fellow servant, and say, dost thou weep? Knowest thou not what a mystery it is that is taking place, how awful, how dread, and worthy indeed of hymns and lauds? Wouldest thou learn, that thou mayest know, that this is no time for tears? For it is a very great mystery of the Wisdom of God. As if leaving her dwelling, the soul goes forth, speeding on her way to her own Lord, and dost thou mourn? Why then, thou shouldst do this on the birth of a child: for this in fact is also a birth, and a better than that.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on Acts 9, 4th Century


Saints and Feasts

May 15

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep's Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep's Pool. It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof. Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water. The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.

It was there that the paralytic of today's Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool." The Lord said unto him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed. Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house. According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles. According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

May 15

Pachomius the Great

Saint Pachomius was born of pagan parents in the Upper Thebaid of Egypt. He was conscripted into the Roman army at an early age. While quartered with the other soldiers in the prison in Thebes, Pachomius was astonished at the kindness shown them by the local Christians, who relieved their distress by bringing them food and drink. Upon inquiring who they were, he believed in Christ and vowed that once delivered from the army, he would serve Him all the days of his life. Released from military service, about the year 313, he was baptized, and became a disciple of the hermit Palamon, under whose exacting guidance he increased in virtue and grace, and reached such a height of holiness that "because of the purity of his heart," says his biographer, "he was, as it were, seeing the invisible God as in a mirror." His renown spread far, and so many came to him to be his disciples that he founded nine monasteries in all, filled with many thousands of monks, to whom he gave a rule of life, which became the pattern for all communal monasticism after him. While Saint Anthony the Great is the father of hermits, Saint Pachomius is the founder of the cenobitic life in Egypt; because Pachomius had founded a way of monasticism accessible to so many, Anthony said that he "walks the way of the Apostles." Saint Pachomius fell asleep in the Lord before his contemporaries Anthony and Athanasius the Great, in the year 346. His name in Coptic, Pachom, means "eagle."

May 15

Achillius the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Larissa

Saint Achillius was one of the 318 God-bearing Fathers who were present at the First Ecumenical Council; after returning to Larissa he cast down many pagan temples, delivered many from the demons, and raised up churches to the glory of God. He reposed about the middle of the fourth century.

May 15

Barbaros the Myrrhbearer of Kerkyra

May 15

Andrew the Hermit & Wonderworker

May 15

Placing of the Honorable Head of the Apostle Titus


This Week

  • Church Calendar

    May 15 to May 22, 2022

    Sunday, May 15

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Memorial: DOP Doves

    11:45AM 40 day blessing

    11:45AM Ahepa Sunday - Fellowship

    12:45PM Parish General Assembly Meeting

    Monday, May 16

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

    6:30PM Greek Language School Advanced Children

    Tuesday, May 17

    10:30AM Bible Study with Father Michael

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

    6:00PM Greek School- Beginner Adult

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

    7:30PM Taverna Night Meeting

    Wednesday, May 18

    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)

    Thursday, May 19

    Monthly Vine Submission Due

    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

    Friday, May 20

    11:00AM Chrismation

    6:30PM Name Day Vespers

    Saturday, May 21

    8:30AM Name Day Service - Orthros

    9:30AM Name Day - Liturgy

    11:00AM Beautification Committee

    Sunday, May 22

    8:30AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Memorials

    11:45AM Churching/Baby Blessing

    2:30PM Wedding Set Up


Save the Date

  • May 23rd CPR Training Class - 6:30 to 8:30pm - $45 (see flyer)
  • May 25th PrimeTimers Game Day has been POSTPONED (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)
  • June 25th CPR Training Class - 6:30 to 8:30pm - $45 (see flyer)
  • Sept. 10th and 11th Cardiff Greek Festival returns (details to follow)



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EPISTLE READERS:  In Greek by Costa Cassapakis; in English by Dimitri Jeon

PROSFORON OFFERED BY:  Mary Bruscella, 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.

AHEPA DAY and MEMORIAL DOVES:  Today we honor our AHEPA community and those loves ones being honored by the Daughters of Penelope Dove Memorial. 

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

    Parish General Assembly 5/15

    Parish General Assembly 5/15

    Join us for the Parish General Assembly on 5/15

    CPR Training 5/23

    CPR Training 5/23

    CPR Training offered 5/23 and 6/25, just $45 per person.

    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.