St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-01-17
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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. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21.

Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."


Saints and Feasts

January 17

Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony, the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251 of pious parents who departed this life while he was yet young. On hearing the words of the Gospel: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor" (Matt. 19:21), he immediately put it into action. Distributing to the poor all he had, and fleeing from all the turmoil of the world, he departed to the desert. The manifold temptations he endured continually for the span of twenty years are incredible. His ascetic struggles by day and by night, whereby he mortified the uprisings of the passions and attained to the height of dispassion, surpass the bounds of nature; and the report of his deeds of virtue drew such a multitude to follow him that the desert was transformed into a city, while he became, so to speak, the governor, lawgiver, and master-trainer of all the citizens of this newly-formed city.

The cities of the world also enjoyed the fruit of his virtue. When the Christians were being persecuted and put to death under Maximinus in 312, he hastened to their aid and consolation. When the Church was troubled by the Arians, he went with zeal to Alexandria in 335 and struggled against them in behalf of Orthodoxy. During this time, by the grace of his words, he also turned many unbelievers to Christ.

Saint Anthony began his ascetic life outside his village of Coma in Upper Egypt, studying the ways of the ascetics and holy men there, and perfecting himself in the virtues of each until he surpassed them all. Desiring to increase his labors, he departed into the desert, and finding an abandoned fortress in the mountain, he made his dwelling in it, training himself in extreme fasting, unceasing prayer, and fierce conflicts with the demons. Here he remained, as mentioned above, about twenty years. Saint Athanasius the Great, who knew him personally and wrote his life, says that he came forth from that fortress "initiated in the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God." Afterwards, because of the press of the faithful, who deprived him of his solitude, he was enlightened by God to journey with certain Bedouins, until he came to a mountain in the desert near the Red Sea, where he passed the remaining part of his life.

Saint Athanasius says of him that "his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. This gift also he had from the Saviour. For if he were present in a great company of monks, and any one who did not know him previously wished to see him, immediately coming forward he passed by the rest, and hurried to Anthony, as though attracted by his appearance. Yet neither in height nor breadth was he conspicuous above others, but in the serenity of his manner and the purity of his soul." So Passing his life, and becoming an example of virtue and a rule for monastics, he reposed on January 17 in the year 356, having lived altogether some 105 years.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Κατέλυσας τώ Σταυρώ σου τόν θάνατον· ηνέωξας τώ ληστή τόν Παράδεισον· τών Μυροφόρων τόν θρήνον μετέβαλες· καί τοίς σοίς Αποστόλοις κηρύττειν επέταξας· ότι ανέστης Χριστέ ο Θεός, παρέχων τώ κόσμω τό μέγα έλεος.
Κatelisas to Stavro sou ton thanaton, ineoxas to listi ton Paradison, ton Miroforon ton thrinon metevales, ke tis sis Apostolis kiritin epetaxas, oti anesti Hriste o Theos, parehon to kosmo to mega eleos.
By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. To the robber You opened Paradise. The lamentation of the myrrh-bearing women You transformed, and You gave Your Apostles the order to proclaim to all that You had risen, O Christ our God, and granted the world Your great mercy.

Apolytikion for Anthony the Great in the Fourth Mode

Imitating the manners of Elijah the Zealot, and following the straight paths of John the Baptist, O Father Anthony, you colognized the desert, and you supported the Empire by your prayers. Therefore intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.

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 First Mode

For our salvation you took flesh and sanctified the Virgin womb; | you blessed the aged Symeon as you lay resting in his arms, | and having come to save us all. O Christ our God, | to these troubled times, bring your lasting peace. | Give strong and undaunted faith to all your people, | O only lover of mankind.


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.


PLEASE NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 Virus, and until further notice, the following precautions will be taken:

We are pleased to announce that we have been given permission by Metropolitan Savas to enter into the  “GREEN Phase”. Please note, ALL services and Divine Liturgies will continue to take place as scheduled but with the following guidelines:

  • Those over 65 years of age CAN now attend church services. Everyone must still wear a mask. We must continue to practice social distancing.
  • The church cannot be filled to more than 50% capacity. The only entrance that will be open is the glass doors by the elevator ~ all other entrances will be locked. Following services, we kindly ask that you return to your vehicle and enjoy the rest of your day. Those with immunocompromised conditions, no matter their age, should not be in church but rather follow the service online at home
  • LIVE services can be viewed on our Parish YouTube Page ~ click here:
  • During these difficult days, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Fr. Costas on his cell at 440-669-1316.
  1. Today ~ MNYMOSINA:  40 days for John James | 6 months for Ethel Williams [for Steve and Alice Williams, Steve Williams Sr., George Williams, Alice Burns].
  2. Today ~ Sunday School via ZOOM.
  3. Today ~ Adult Catechism via ZOOM with Elaine Poulos. 
  4. Monday ~ Greek School via ZOOM.
  5. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study Group with Elaine Poulos resumes via ZOOM.
  6. Tuesday ~ St. Efthimios | 5:00 p.m. Orthros | 6:00 p.m. Liturgy.
  7. Thursday ~ Bible Study via ZOOM with Father Costas.
  8. Stewardship ~ 2021 Stewardship cards were mailed to you. Please take time to fill out, bring to church, mail to the office, or complete online on our website. Also, if you’re in arrears for 2020, please bring it up to date.  As always, we thank you for your love to our community and for helping us have a banner 2020 stewardship year! If there is anything the committee can do for you, call the office, leave a message, and someone will get back to you!   
  9. Light a Candle and Say a Prayer ~ place your request by 3:00 PM on Friday through our website for candles to be lit on Sunday. Questions? Call the church office.
  10. New Digital Parish Directory is LIVE! Download the app on your mobile phone or laptop. See instructions in Messenger. Only parishioners will have access to information. Questions? Email When you access your account, you will be able to edit your information, include as much or as little as you wish, and add a picture. Someone from the Directory Committee will be available in the Hellenic Center lobby to take a picture of you for this directory TODAY following liturgy.

Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond – Respond Early

  1. Next Sunday ~ Epistle Reading I Timothy 1:15-17 | Gospel Luke 18:35-43.
  2. Today ~ 6:00 p.m. Pray for the Unborn” virtual service hosted by Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral live streamed at Zoom presentation with His Beatitude Metropolitan TIKHON, Primate of OCA following the service. Registration FREE, but required to receive Zoom link. Register before January 14th at
  3. Tuesday ~ 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Young Adult Monthly Gathering with Metropolitan Savas and Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa leading the discussion. Advance sign up necessary at  
  4. January 30 ~ Three Hierarchs | 8:30 a.m. Orthros | 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  5. February 2 ~ Presentation of Our Lord | 8:30 a.m. Orthros | 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  6. February 26 -28 ~ St Paul GYRO FEST Drive-Thru.  Pre-paid orders ONLY.  Volunteer at:   For those who are unable to volunteer but would still like to help, items can be purchased from the St Paul Amazon Wish List at and shipped directly to the church, or you can make a donation to the Festival at
  7. ZOE Women's Center® is looking for Orthodox women seeking the opportunity to become a life coach to work with women in distress due to an unplanned pregnancy.  Nursing or related healthcare experience a plus but not required. Contact Paula Kappos for details: