St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-03-17
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St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (440) 237-8998
  • Fax:
  • (440) 237-4386
  • Street Address:

  • 4548 Wallings Road

  • North Royalton, OH 44133-3121

Contact Information

Services Schedule


   8:30 AM   Orthros
   9:30 AM   Liturgy



   8:15 AM   Orthros
   9:30 AM   Liturgy

Sunday School begins immediately following Holy Communion September through May

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Reading is from John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."


Saints and Feasts

March 17

Sunday of Orthodoxy

For more than one hundred years the Church of Christ was troubled by the persecution of the Iconoclasts of evil belief, beginning in the reign of Leo the Isaurian (717-741) and ending in the reign of Theophilus (829-842). After Theophilus's death, his widow the Empress Theodora (celebrated Feb. 11), together with the Patriarch Methodius (June 14), established Orthodoxy anew. This ever-memorable Queen venerated the icon of the Mother of God in the presence of the Patriarch Methodius and the other confessors and righteous men, and openly cried out these holy words: "If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons, not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema." Then with common prayer and fasting during the whole first week of the Forty-day Fast, she asked God's forgiveness for her husband. After this, on the first Sunday of the Fast, she and her son, Michael the Emperor, made a procession with all the clergy and people and restored the holy icons, and again adorned the Church of Christ with them. This is the holy deed that all we the Orthodox commemorate today, and we call this radiant and venerable day the Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is, the triumph of true doctrine over heresy.

March 17

Alexis the Man of God

Saint Alexis was born in old Rome of illustrious parents named Euphemianus and Aglais, and at their request was joined to a young woman in marriage. However, he did not remain with her even for one day, but fled to Edessa, where he lived for eighteen years. He returned to Rome in the guise of a beggar and sat at the gates of his father's house, unknown to all and mocked by his own servants. His identity was revealed only after his death by a paper that he had on his person, which he himself had written a little before his repose. The pious Emperor Honorius honoured him with a solemn burial. The title "Man of God" was given to him from heaven in a vision to the Bishop of Rome on the day of the Saint's repose.

March 17

Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old. Though the son of a deacon and a grandson of a priest, it was not until his captivity that he sought out the Lord with his whole heart. In his Confession, the testament he wrote towards the end of his life, he says, "After I came to Ireland - every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed - the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was so moved that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and almost as many at night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountain; and I would rise for prayer before daylight, through snow, through frost, through rain, and I felt no harm." After six years of slavery in Ireland, he was guided by God to make his escape, and afterwards struggled in the monastic life at Auxerre in Gaul, under the guidance of the holy Bishop Germanus. Many years later he was ordained bishop and sent to Ireland once again, about the year 432, to convert the Irish to Christ. His arduous labours bore so much fruit that within seven years, three bishops were sent from Gaul to help him shepherd his flock, "my brethren and sons whom I have baptized in the Lord - so many thousands of people," he says in his Confession. His apostolic work was not accomplished without much "weariness and painfulness," long journeys through difficult country, and many perils; he says his very life was in danger twelve times. When he came to Ireland as its enlightener, it was a pagan country; when he ended his earthly life some thirty years later, about 461, the Faith of Christ was established in every corner.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

Τού λίθου σφραγισθέντος υπό τών Ιουδαίων, καί στρατιωτών φυλλασόντων, τό άχραντόν Σου σώμα, ανέστης τριήμερος Σωτήρ, δωρούμενος τώ κόσμω τήν ζωήν. Διά τούτο αι Δυνάμεις τών ουρανών εβόων σοι Ζωοδότα· δόξα τή Αναστάσει σου Χριστέ, δόξα τή βασιλεία σου, δόξα τή οικονομία σου μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε.
Τu lithou sfragisthentos ipo ton Ioudeon, ke stratioton filasonton to ahranton sou soma, anesti triemeros Sotir, doroumenos ton kosmo tin zoin. Dia touto e dinamis ton ouranon evon si Zoodota, doxa ti Anastasi sou Hriste, doxa ti vasilia sou, doxa ti ikonomia sou mone Filanthrope.
The stone that had been sealed before Your tomb by the Jews and the soldiers guarding did watch o’er Your pure and sacred body O Savior the third day You arose, and unto all the world did You give life where by all the heavenly powers did proclaim that You are the giver of life. Glory unto our resurrected Christ. Glory unto Your Kingdom. Glory to Your dispensation O You alone who loves all.

Apolytikion in the Second Mode

We venerate Your immaculate icon, O good Lord, and entreat You to forgive our offences, O Christ our God. By Your own choice you were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, to deliver us, whom You created, from our slavery to the foe. Therefore we cry to You with gratitude: You have filled all things with joy, O our Savior, by coming to save the world.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Τi Ipermaho / stratigo ta nikitiria / Os litrothisa / ton dinon eucharistiria / Anagrafo si polis sou Theotoke/ al’ os ehousa kratos aprosmahiton / Ek pantion me kindinon eleftheroson / Ina krazosi / Here nimfi animfefte.
O Champion General, / I, your City, now inscribe to you, / triumphant anthems / as the tokens of my gratitude, / being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos. / Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, / from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you, / I may cry aloud, rejoice: “O unwedded Bride!”


This Weeks Announcements

  • We extend greetings and a warm welcome to all visitors worshipping with us today. Please fill out a“visitor information card” located in the narthex and hand to one of the greeters. Following the Liturgy, please join us in our social hall for the coffee social.

  • Holy Communion in our Church is offered only to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through the disciplines of our faith. Speak to Fr. Costas for further details.

We kindly ask everyone to Please silence cell phones and pagers while in Church

  1. Today ~ MNYMOSINO: 40 days for Philip Poulos; TRISAGION: for Sue Poulos.
  2. Today ~ Coffee Social hosted by Marsha Blair and family; Evangeline Bozikis, Maria Kelly, Mary Olenik, Chong Poulos, Dorothy Poulos, and Elaine Poulos.
  3. Today ~ Adult Catechism with Elaine Poulos and Coffee and Conversation with Jonathan and Kristi Tartara following Holy Communion.
  4. Today ~ Dance Practice following Sunday school for Beginner and Senior dancers.
  5. Monday ~ 9:00 a.m. Philoptochos baking for Easter Bake Sale. Everyone welcome!
  6. Monday ~ 5:30 p.m. Greek School.
  7. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study group with Elaine Poulos.
  8. Tuesday – Thursday ~ Father at Metropolis Clergy Lenten Retreat, with Metropolitan SAVAS.
  9. Thursday ~ 7:00 p.m. Study on the Lord’s Prayer with Fr. Costas.
  10. Thank you to the 320 stewards who completed and returned their 2019 Stewardship commitment card thus far. If you have not done so yet, please complete and return it to the church office at your earliest convenience. With much gratitude, the Stewardship Committee.
  11. As we are enjoying our new parking lot, we would like to thank all who have returned their commitment card for the Final Phase of the PAVE THE WAY. To date, 78 individuals have pledged $160,735 toward the $350,000 loan. Your names are posted on the bulletin board in the hallway. If you have not made a commitment, please do so and help us retire the outstanding loan. We thank you!

Upcoming Events in Our Parish – Respond Early

  1. Next Sunday ~ Epistle Reading, Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3; Gospel, Mark 2:1-12.
  2. Next Sunday ~ Greek School Greek Independence program presented after Liturgy with Spaghetti Luncheon to follow.  Please purchase tickets in advance to allow us to properly plan.
  3. March 31 ~ Dance Practice for Junior dancers ONLY.
  4. April 1 – 2 ~ 9:00 a.m. Festival baking begins as we make koulourakia.  All are welcome to help!
  5. April 21 ~ Palm Sunday Luncheon following Liturgy. Purchase your tickets in advance on our website or during coffee social from any Parish Council member.

Lenten Services in the parish

  1. Today ~ 5:00 p.m. Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. Michael on Mill Rd in Broadview Hts.
  2. Monday ~ 7:00 p.m. Great Compline service.
  3. Wednesday ~ 5:00 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy will NOT be held this week.  The service will be held next week followed by Lenten meal prepared by Senior Fellowship of the parish.
  4. Friday ~ 7:00 p.m. 2nd Salutations to the Theotokos service.
  5. Saturday ~ 10:00 a.m. Nameday Festal Liturgy with Metropolitan SAVAS at St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Perrysville, OH. (934 CR 2256, Perrysville, OH 44864. 419-368-5335)

Events in the Greater Cleveland Area and Beyond

  1. Friday – April 19 ~ 5:00 p.m. Fish Fry dinners at Annunciation Cleveland.
  2. Saturday ~ 10:00 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Women’s Guild Memorial Service in Chapel at Monastery Marcha on Broadview Road in Richfield with program following with Sister Anastasia.
  3. Saturday ~ 10:00 a.m. Priests / Presidents / Treasurers meeting at All Saints Canonsburg.
  4. Next Sunday ~ 7:00 p.m. Great Vespers for the Annunciation Feast at Annunciation Cleveland followed by coffee and fellowship in their banquet hall.
  5. March 25 ~ feast of Annunciation; 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy followed by plaki luncheon sponsored by their Ladies Philoptochos.
  6. March 29 – 31 ~ Young Adult Spring Retreat at Camp Nazareth in Mercer PA. Keynote Speaker Dr. Al Rossi “Live a Life of Integrity, Peace, and Joy.” Register at
  7. March 30 ~ 9:30 a.m. Orthodox Christian Women of Akron presents Lenten Retreat “Date with Destiny” presented by Cynthia Kostas. For tickets and info, contact Nikki Bober at 330.409.3552.
  8. March 30 ~ 12:00 p.m. Doxology followed by Greek Independence Day parade and festivities at Annunciation Cleveland.
  9. April 5 – 7 ~ Metropolis GOYA Spring RetreatMade Perfect Through my Weakness” with newly ordained Deacon George Athanasiou. Registration OPEN: Parish scholarship available to GOYAns active in the program and whose family is a steward of St. Paul. Contact the church office for more information.
  10. April 11 ~ 6:30 p.m. ~ HPS annual meetingGreek Cultural Garden Frieze” at Brecksville Rec Center with free light Lenten dinner for HPS members. To RSVP or for information, contact Maria Cashy


    2019 Stewardship Card

    2019 Stewardship Card

    Take a moment to complete your Stewardship card online...

    March 17 - April 21

    March 17 - April 21

    Remember your loved ones on Holy Friday with a Luminary bag

    March 24, 2019

    March 24, 2019

    Greek School program followed by Spaghetti Luncheon ~ purchase tickets in advance to allow us to properly plan

    March 27 - April 10 Lenten Dinner

    March 27 - April 10 Lenten Dinner

    Join us at 5:00 PM for the Presanctified Liturgy and stay for the Lenten dinner that follows hosted by the various parish ministries

    April 20, 2019

    April 20, 2019

    Lazarus Saturday followed by breakfast and palm folding ~ RSVP today at

    April 21, 2019

    April 21, 2019

    Palm Sunday Luncheon ~ purchase your tickets in advance

    April 26, 2019

    April 26, 2019

    Holy Friday Retreat for students in K - 12th grade