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Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-09-03
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Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (734) 525-6789
  • Fax:
  • (734) 525-3989
  • Street Address:

  • 36375 Joy Rd.

  • Westland, MI 48185


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Orthos

Sunday & Weekdays: 9:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Weekdays: 10:00 a.m.

Vespers

None


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Anthimus in the Fourth Mode

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Anthimus. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Καί τρόπων μέτοχος, καί θρόνων διάδοχος, τών Αποστόλων γενόμενος, τήν πράξιν εύρες Θεόπνευστε, εις θεωρίας επίβασιν, διά τούτο τόν λόγον τής αληθείας ορθοτομών, καί τή πίστει ενήθλησας μέχρις αίματος, Ιερομάρτυς Άνθιμε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Apolytikion for Righteous Theoctistus and Euthymius in the Plagal Fourth 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 Theoktistos our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς, τής ερήμου τό άγονον εγεώργησας, καί τοίς εκ βάθους στεναγμοίς, εις εκατόν τούς πόνους εκαρποφόρησας, καί γέγονας φωστήρ, τή οικουμένη λάμπων τοίς θαύμασι, Θεόκτιστε Πατήρ ημών, Όσιε, Πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."
Ιωακείμ καί Άννα όνειδισμού ατεκνίας, καί Αδάμ καί Εύα, εκ τής φθοράς τού θανάτου, ηλευθερώθησαν, Άχραντε, εν τή αγία γεννήσει σου, αυτήν εορτάζει καί ο λαός σου, ενοχής τών πταισμάτων, λυτρωθείς εν τώ κράζειν σοι, Η στείρα τίκτει τήν Θεοτόκον, καί τροφόν τής ζωής ημών.
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Services and Sacraments

SEPTEMBER 3, 2023 – 13th SUNDAY OF MATTHEW

SERVICES THIS WEEK:

Thursday, September 7th – VESPERS, NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS 7:00 pm

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, Plymouth

Friday, September 8th NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS, Orthros 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy, 10:00

Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, Plymouth

VIDEO ARCHIVE:  Previously recorded Sunday Divine Liturgy services are archived and available on our website! Go to https://www.stcons.org/video-streaming and you can click on the service you would like to view. 

LIGHT A CANDLE AND SAY A PRAYER:  When you are not able to attend church, you can purchase a candle from our church website (home page or video-streaming page), which be lit before the following service or a service that you specify.  Please give specific names, living or deceased, that you would like Father to remember in prayer. Father will light candles one hour before each service. For Sunday services, please place candle orders prior to 8:00 am Sunday morning.

PLEASE PRAY  FOR:   John, Nick, Christopher, Sarantos, George, David, Marcos, Evangela, Lela, Doris, Dawn, Panagioti, Nannette, Joanna, Suzanne, Lambrine, Nick, Fotini, Niki, George, Matthew, Tom, Stefanos, Georgia, Leonidas, Gus, Connie, Maria, Brenda, Panagiota, Nicholas, Vicki, Susan, Tom, Thomas, Jim, Panagioti, Gloria, Evans, Phyllis, Marti, Marty, Janet, John, Paul, Zacharias, Vanessa (Vasiliki), Jake, Maegan, Irene, Lisa, Pat, Jonathan, Alexandra, Tracy, Dianna, Betty, Catherine, Susan, Evelyn, Gregg, Peter, Angela, Bill, Carrie, Vito, Pete, Amalia, Stephanie, Lisa, Anastasia, Kylie, Effie, Nicholas, and Maria.

If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, or if there is a name that should be removed from the prayer list, please contact the church office at stcons2@gmail.com

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Saints and Feasts

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September 03

13th Sunday of Matthew


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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 First Letter to the Corinthians 16:13-24.

Brethren, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now, brethren, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicos, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men. The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 103.24,1.
Ὡς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου Κύριε, πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας.
Στίχ. Εὐλόγει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 16:13-24.

Ἀδελφοί, γρηγορεῖτε, στήκετε ἐν τῇ πίστει, ἀνδρίζεσθε, κραταιοῦσθε. Πάντα ὑμῶν ἐν ἀγάπῃ γινέσθω. Παρακαλῶ δὲ ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί - οἴδατε τὴν οἰκίαν Στεφανᾶ, ὅτι ἐστὶν ἀπαρχὴ τῆς Ἀχαΐας, καὶ εἰς διακονίαν τοῖς ἁγίοις ἔταξαν ἑαυτούς - ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ὑποτάσσησθε τοῖς τοιούτοις, καὶ παντὶ τῷ συνεργοῦντι καὶ κοπιῶντι. Χαίρω δὲ ἐπὶ τῇ παρουσίᾳ Στεφανᾶ καὶ Φουρτουνάτου καὶ Ἀχαϊκοῦ, ὅτι τὸ ὑμῶν ὑστέρημα οὗτοι ἀνεπλήρωσαν. Ἀνέπαυσαν γὰρ τὸ ἐμὸν πνεῦμα καὶ τὸ ὑμῶν· ἐπιγινώσκετε οὖν τοὺς τοιούτους. Ἀσπάζονται ὑμᾶς αἱ ἐκκλησίαι τῆς Ἀσίας· ἀσπάζονται ὑμᾶς ἐν κυρίῳ πολλὰ Ἀκύλας καὶ Πρίσκιλλα, σὺν τῇ κατʼ οἶκον αὐτῶν ἐκκλησίᾳ. Ἀσπάζονται ὑμᾶς οἱ ἀδελφοὶ πάντες. Ἀσπάσασθε ἀλλήλους ἐν φιλήματι ἁγίῳ. Ὁ ἀσπασμὸς τῇ ἐμῇ χειρὶ Παύλου. Εἴ τις οὐ φιλεῖ τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, ἤτω ἀνάθεμα. Μαρὰν ἀθά. Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μεθʼ ὑμῶν. Ἡ ἀγάπη μου μετὰ πάντων ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Ἀμήν.


Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 21:33-42

The Lord said this parable, "There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?'"

13th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 21:33-42

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· ῎Αλλην παραβολὴν ἀκούσατε. ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν οἰκοδεσπότης, ὅστις ἐφύτευσεν ἀμπελῶνα καὶ φραγμὸν αὐτῷ περιέθηκε καὶ ὤρυξεν ἐν αὐτῷ ληνὸν καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε πύργον, καὶ ἐξέδοτο αὐτὸν γεωργοῖς καὶ ἀπεδήμησεν. ὅτε δὲ ἤγγισεν ὁ καιρὸς τῶν καρπῶν, ἀπέστειλε τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ πρὸς τοὺς γεωργοὺς λαβεῖν τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτοῦ. καὶ λαβόντες οἱ γεωργοὶ τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ ὃν μὲν ἔδειραν, ὃν δὲ ἀπέκτειναν, ὃν δὲ ἐλιθοβόλησαν. πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἄλλους δούλους πλείονας τῶν πρώτων, καὶ ἐποίησαν αὐτοῖς ὡσαύτως. ὕστερον δὲ ἀπέστειλε πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ λέγων· ἐντραπήσονται τὸν υἱόν μου. οἱ δὲ γεωργοὶ ἰδόντες τὸν υἱὸν εἶπον ἐν ἑαυτοῖς· οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ κληρονόμος· δεῦτε ἀποκτείνωμεν αὐτὸν καὶ κατάσχωμεν τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ. καὶ λαβόντες αὐτὸν ἐξέβαλον ἔξω τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος, καὶ ἀπέκτειναν. ὅταν οὖν ἔλθῃ ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος, τί ποιήσει τοῖς γεωργοῖς ἐκείνοις; λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· κακοὺς κακῶς ἀπολέσει αὐτούς, καὶ τὸν ἀμπελῶνα ἐκδώσεται ἄλλοις γεωργοῖς, οἵτινες ἀποδώσουσιν αὐτῷ τοὺς καρποὺς ἐν τοῖς καιροῖς αὐτῶν. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· οὐδέποτε ἀνέγνωτε ἐν ταῖς γραφαῖς, λίθον ὃν ἀπεδοκίμασαν οἱ οἰκοδομοῦντες, οὗτος ἐγενήθη εἰς κεφαλὴν γωνίας· παρὰ Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη, καὶ ἔστι θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν;


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Parish News and Updates

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

GOYA KICK-OFF TAILGATE PARTY –Young people, grades 7 – 12, join us this Saturday, September 9th, 12:00 – 4:00 pm for a Kick-Off Tailgate Party!  Party will be held at the Skotanis home in Northville. Throughout the year, GOYANs participate in outreach, service, and fellowship activities. Online registration for GOYA can be found at:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NX-lzbn6ESkP-_O8xseXxZxebV4L5jTqKFb6X16ofCI/viewform    Current GOYA members should RSVP on the sign up sheet, other young people who would like to join, please RSVP at stconsgoya3@gmail.com  

MEN’S CLUB GOLF OUTING:  Golfers!  Come on out and support the St Cons Men’s Club 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing to raise funds to support our Feed the Needy Program.  The outing will be held on Saturday, September 9th at Fellows Creek Golf Club in Canton. Contact Jeff Zeh at 484.868.8736 or the church office for more information.

SUNDAY SCHOOL    The first day of Sunday School is September 10th!  Please register your Pre-K to High School child today; registration forms are available in the church office, or online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KIXnIOXdhPIrPJKxmDKuuNUfzLSJ5zc7VqFaumjiHKM/edit Our religious education program teaches our young people about Orthodox Faith. Contact:  Frances Marinos fmarinos@comcast.net 

WELCOME BACK LUNCHEON: On Sunday, September 10th, we will have a complimentary  “Welcome Back” luncheon in the Hellenic Cultural Center, to celebrate the start of the Ecclesiastical New Year.  That day is also the first day of Sunday School, and there will be a few extra surprises in store!

ADULT BIBLE STUDY Our Adult Bible Study group will begin meeting again on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 pm. The group meets each Tuesday evening on the ZOOM platform. ZOOM LINK is: https://zoom.us/j/7345256789, Meeting ID: 734 525 6789.   No advance registration is needed.

PHILOPTOCHOS FASHION SHOW:  Tickets are on sale now for our St. Helen Philoptochos “Sweater Weather – Fall, Fashion, and Philanthropy” event on Saturday, September 16th. There will be a delicious brunch, fashion show, shopping, raffles and more! Tickets will not be sold at the door, but can be purchased at today’s coffee hour, and are $35/person, $10 for children under 12.  For group reservations or more information, contact Pam Avdoulos at 248.568.5060 or sthelenphiloptochos@gmail.com

BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING TICKETS: Our parish has been offered tickets to a free, advance screening of the film, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3" on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH at 7:00 pm at the AMC Livonia 20 movie theatres. Link for downloadable passes is below. Seating is first come, first served, film starts exactly at 7:00, with no trailers, so arrive early!

https://focusfeaturesscreenings.com/MBFGW3    Code: MBFGW3

UPCOMING GREEK FESTIVALS:  Support our sister churches!

  • Holy Trinity Church, Toledo – 9/8 -  9/10
  • St. George Church, Southgate – 9/16

NEWS AND NOTICES:

ITS NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES!  The collection of back-to-school supplies sponsored by the St Helen Philoptochos has been extended one additional week to gather items that will support one of the FOCUS Detroit schools that was severely impacted by the recent storms.  Please drop off your new supplies this week for our collection!

GLITZ AUCTION ITEMS:  We are starting to collect both live and silent auction items for our “Putting on the Glitz” Auction and Dinner to be held on November 12th.  At this time, we are especially trying to secure large items, such as trips, hotel stays, sports tickets, event tickets, etc.  We are also looking for donations of silent auction items.  Please keep us in mind and notify Annette at stcons2@gmail.com about any donation opportunities.

HOPE & JOY    We are excited to kick off another year of fellowship with our Hope & Joy Children! We have two exciting changes we would like to introduce:

Hope and Joy Corner - During Coffee Hour each Sunday starting 9/17/23, there will be a specific table just for kids! This table will be a gathering place for children to stop by and participate in quick/fun activities. 

Parents’ Chat with Father - During our Hope & Joy events, parents and other grown-ups will have an opportunity to ask questions and share adult conversation with Father. (Please submit your questions or topics for discussion ahead of time by dropping them in the suggestion box at the Hope and Joy Corner. 

Upcoming event dates will be published soon!  If you have any questions please reach out to Lisa Madias (lpace918@gmail.com) or Zoe Miller (zmiller2872@gmail.com)

AND DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THESE ADDITIONAL YOUTH PROGRAMS! 

ALTAR BOYS: Young men, 3rd grade and up, assist clergy in leading the community worship by serving in the Holy Altar. Contact: Fr. Teodor Petrutiu frteodor@mail.com  or Pete Simakas psimakas@yahoo.com

DANCE:    Our program offers instruction in folk dancing from various regions of Greece for children of all abilities and levels. Online registration link:   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H20I5TlQK_Otx-9HSqLwwCYb4tmEmXnQiA9-zup2DPQ/edit  For more information, contact: Joy Kisabeth  joy_kisabeth@comcast.com  or Christina Vougiouklakis lucas251@hotmail.com

BIDDY BASKETBALL: We are forming new “Biddy” teams, boys and girls ages 4 – 10 are invited to join.  No experience needed!   Online registration link:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13KYcWU5uUBBcprK3rFo4PJjybUDwyXkq8H5zF0-f4go/edit  For more information, contact: Joy Kisabeth  joy_kisabeth@comcast.com

MEMORIAL SERVICESPlease call the church office to schedule all memorials and coffee hour sponsorships at least two weeks in advance.  On the day of the service, please bring a list of family names you would like Father to remember in prayer. Requested Coffee Hour sponsorship donation is $150, and the HCC will set up a table with cloth and coffee, etc. for your family. Koliva will be distributed at the coffee hour; if you wish to bring in paximadia, koulourakia, or other dry cookie it may also be distributed.

REMEMBER THE CHURCH IN YOUR WILL:You’ve supported the church your whole life, remembering us in your estate plan will help the church when you’re gone. Consult your estate planner or contact the Church office for information. We are grateful to our parishioners who have left bequests to the church in the last few years.Their loving legacy made a big difference! May their memory be eternal.

SERVICES AND SACRAMENTS:

Funeral –  PETER(Panteleimon) SKOURES

  • Wednesday, September 6th – Visitation 3:00 – 8:00; Trisagion 7:00 pm; Saints Constantine and Helen ; Church
  • Thursday, September 7th – Visitation 9:30 am; Funeral service 10:30 am; Saints Constantine and Helen Church

May his memory be eternal!

 

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Wisdom of the Fathers

Many things does He intimate by this parable, God's providence, which had been exercised towards them from the first; their murderous disposition from the beginning; that nothing had been omitted of whatever pertained to a heedful care of them;...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 68 on Matthew 21, 4th Century

And observe also both His great care, and the excessive idleness of these men for what pertained to the husbandmen, He Himself did ... and He left little for them to do; to take care of what was there, and to preserve what was given to them.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 68 on Matthew 21, 4th Century

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