St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-12-03
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St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (440) 237-8998
  • 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. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 5:8-19.

Brethren, walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light." Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.

Gospel Reading

14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.


Saints and Feasts

December 03

The Holy Prophet Sophonias (Zephaniah)

This Prophet, who is ninth in order among the minor Prophets, was the son of Chusi (Cushi), from the tribe of Levi, or according to some, the great-grandson of King Hezekias. He prophesied in the years of Josias, who reigned in the years 641-610 before Christ. His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters. His name means "Yah has concealed."


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, anestis triemeros Sotir, doroumenos to 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.
Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to You, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of mankind!

Hymn of Church in the First Mode

Ethnon se kirika ke fostira trismegiston, | Athineon didaskalon ekoumenis aglaisma, | efrosinos gereromen | tous agonas timomen ke tas vasanous thia Christon, | to septon sou martirion, | Agie Pavle Apostole, | presveve Christo to Theo, | sothine tas psichas imon.

O preacher to the gentiles and thrice grandest shining star, | the Athenians’ teacher and the universe’s ornament, | we joyously honor you. | We pay homage to the struggles that you had | for the sake of Christ, | and your dignified martyrdom, | Holy and glorious Apostle Paul, | intercede with Christ our God, | entreating Him to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to | God the Word ineffably, | Who was before all the ages. | Dance for joy, | O earth, on hearing | the gladsome tidings; | with the angels and the shepherds now glorify Him | Who is willing to be gazed on | as a young Child Who before the ages is God.
H Parthenos symeron, | ton proeonion Logon, | en spileo erhete, | apotekin aporitos. | Horeve | i ikoumeni | akoutisthisa | doxason | meta Agelon ke ton Pimenon | voulithenta apofthine | Pedion neon | o pro eonon Theon.


This week’s Announcements

Welcome to all our guests.  We are glad you are here worshiping with us today!

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


  1. Today ~ Parish Council & Ushers ~ Team 1 | Altar Boys ~ Team 1 | Greeters ~ Team 2
  2. Today ~ MNYMOSINA: 6 months for Anthi Johnson [for Charles, Frangisco, and Vasilia Johnson | for Panagiotis and Anastasia Zohos]| 1 year for Kiki Katzakis | 10 years for the Mutual Benefit Association of Oinoussians of America | 30 years for Zafiro Makroglou | 7 years for Epaminondas Makroglou | 27 years for Constantine and 15 years for Mary Vourliotis
  3. Today ~ GOYAns collect new and gently used (washed) baby clothing newborn to 24 months, diapers, and blankets for ZOE for Life!®
  4. Today ~ Coffee Social hosted by Daughters of Penelope to benefit Water with Blessings.  This non-profit organization is devoted to helping women in communities with contaminated wter learn how to provide clean water to their own and neighboring families.  Please stop by the Daughters of Penelope table for a demonstration for he water filtration system.
  5. Today ~ 12:00 PM Greek Corner meets in the Teen Room.
  6. Today ~ 12:30 PM Philoptochos Christmas Luncheon at Ruma’s. 
  7. Today ~ Dance practice for all groups following Sunday school.
  8. Community Christmas Card ~ Last chance to include your family name for only a $20 donation or your ministry/organization for $30.  See our GOYAns during coffee social or on our website.
  9. Monday ~ feast of St. Barbara | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
  10. Monday ~ 5:30 PM Greek School.
  11. Tuesday ~ 6:00 PM Home Committee meeting.
  12. Tuesday ~ 6:00 PM Great Vespers for St Nicholas at St Nicholas in Lorain.
  13. Tuesday ~ St. Sava the sanctified | Liturgy and open house at the Metropolis in Pittsburgh for His Eminence’s name day.
  14. Tuesday ~ 7:30 PM GOYA basketball practice at North Royalton High School.
  15. Wednesday ~ feast of St Nicholas | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
  16. Wednesday ~ 5:45 PM Adult Greek School.
  17. Wednesday ~ 7:00 PM Choir rehearsal in the Teen Room.
  18. Thursday ~ 11:30 AM Philoptochos Agape Ovens meal pick up for those with special circumstances.  Contact Tessie Lekas for additional information or to reserve a meal.
  19. Thursday ~ 6:00 PM Parish Council Christmas dinner & meeting  at Astoria Café.
  20. Thursday ~ 6:30 PM Girls Group meets.  RSVP to
  21. Thursday ~ 7:00 PM Bible Study with Father Costas will resume next week.
  22. Thursday ~ 7:30 PM GOYA basketball practice at North Royalton High School.
  23. Saturday ~ 9:00 AM Pan-Orthodox Retreat at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore. FREE event for youth, young adults, parents, etc. Visit for details.
  24. St Paul Prayer Chain ~ If you have a prayer request, email it to:
  25. 2024 Stewardship Cards ~ Thank you to all who have completed their commitment cards. If you have not made your commitment for 2024, please do so and mail or bring it to church. You can also make your commitment online on our church website. Thank you for your love and commitment!
  26. St Theodosius Cemetery Fence ~ Fence around cemetery has been removed due to poor condition and will be replaced with a new 4’ black commercial fence system in December pending arrival of materials. Questions? Contact or 216.574.4886.

 Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond

  1. Next Sunday ~ Parish Council & Ushers ~ Team 2 | Altar Boys ~ Team 2 | Greeters | Team 3
  2. Next Sunday ~ Orthros Luke 24:12-35 | Epistle Reading Ephesians 6:10-17 | Gospel Luke 13:10-17
  3. Next Sunday ~ MNYMOSINA: 40 days for Katherine Harris | 40 days for Efstathios Tsesmelis | 40 days for Vasilica Tudora | 2 years for Chris Karas [for Athanasios and Stella Karas | for Demosthenes and Maria Papaprokopis | for George and Domnitsa Cappas] | 3 years for John James
  4. Next Sunday ~ Breakfast with St Nicholas following Liturgy.  Purchase tickets during coffee social or through our website Sunday School students are asked to bring a gift card up to $25 value for children in need.
  5. Next Sunday & December 17 ~ Philoptochos Bake Sale following Liturgy.  Pre-orders accepted during coffee social or through our website.
  6. Next Sunday ~ 5:00 PM Pan-Orthodox Nativity Concert at St. Michal OCA in Broadview Hts.
  7. December 12 ~ Feast of St Spyridon | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
  8. December 15 ~ 6:00 PM HOPE | JOY Christmas Party at the Sitaras home.  RSVP HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/HOPEJOY-CHRISTMAS.
  9. December 17 ~ Greek School program following Liturgy.
  10. December 19 ~ 6:30 PM Membership committee meeting.
  11. December 22 ~ 9:00 AM Royal Hours of Christmas. (Holy Communion will not be offered).
  12. December 24 ~ Sunday School Nativity program following Liturgy.
  13. December 24 ~ 5:00 PM Christmas Great Vespers (Holy Communion not offered at this service).
  14. December 25 ~ Nativity of Our Lord | 8:15 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
  15. December 27 ~ Feast of St Stephen | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.