St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-01-29
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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. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


Saints and Feasts

January 29

Removal of the Relics of Ignatius the God-bearer

Saint Ignatius was a disciple of Saint John the Theologian, and a successor of the Apostles, and he became the second Bishop of Antioch, after Evodus. He wrote many epistles to the faithful, strengthening them in their confession, and preserving for us the teachings of the holy Apostles. Brought to Rome under Trajan, he was surrendered to lions to be eaten, and so finished the course of martyrdom about the year 107. The remnants of his bones were carefully gathered by the faithful and brought to Antioch. He is called God-bearer, as one who bare God within himself and was aflame in heart with love for Him. Therefore, in his Epistle to the Romans (ch. 4), imploring their love not to attempt to deliver him from his longed-for martyrdom, he said, "I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found to be the pure bread of God."

Saint John Chrysostom has a homily in honour of the translation of the Saint's relics (PG 50:587).


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Εξ ύψους κατήλθες ο Εύσπλαχνος, ταφήν κατεδέξω τριήμερον, ίνα ημάς ελευθερώσης τών παθών, η ζωή καί η ανάστασις ημών, Κύριε, δόξα Σοι.
Εx ipsous katilthes o Evsplahnos, tafin katedexo triimeron, ina imas, eleftherosis ton pathon, I zoi ke I anastasis imon, Kyrie, doxa si.
From on high You descended, Most Merciful; for us You condescended to a three-day burial to set us free from the passions. O Lord, our Resurrection and our Life, glory to You!

Apolytikion for Relics of Ignatius the Godbearer in the Fourth Mode

Becoming a partner with the Apostles in a way of life and successor to their thrones, O God-inspired Saint, in the active life you found an entrance to contemplations. Hence you rightly expounded the word of truth, and you shed your blood in struggling for the faith, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Intercede with Christ our God, beseeching Him 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. Following the Liturgy, please join us in our Hellenic Center for the coffee hour.
  • We offer Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church only to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through the disciplines of our faith. Speak to Fr. Costas for further details.
  • Please be careful as you exit the parking lot onto Wallings Road and watch for oncoming traffic.

    1. Today ~ MNYMOSINO: 1 year for Christ Boukis [17 years for Phillip Demas | 13 years for Ted Demas].
    2. Today ~ GOYAns attending Metropolis GOYA Basketball tournament at St Demetrios Rocky River.
    3. Today ~ Coffee Social hosted by the Christ Boukis family.
    4. Monday ~ Three Hierarchs | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
    5. Monday ~ 5:30 PM Greek School.
    6. Tuesday ~ 6:00 PM Stewardship meeting.
    7. Tuesday ~ 8:00 PM GOYA basketball practice at North Royalton High School.
    8. Wednesday ~ 4:00 PM Adult Greek School (this week only).
    9. Wednesday ~ 5:30 PM Greek School for beginners.
    10. Thursday ~ 8:00 PM GOYA basketball practice at North Royalton High School.
    11. Thursday ~ Presentation of Our Lord | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
    12. Thursday ~ 7:00 PM Bible Study with Father Costas via TEAMS.
    13. Saturday ~ 6:00 PM St Nicholas Lorain Apokriatiko Glendi. Call 440.960.2992 for tickets and information.
    14. Food Pantry items ~ Please make sure any items that you bring for the North Royalton Hunger Center DO NOT HAVE expired dates on them. Buy fresh non-perishable food items to donate.
    15. St Paul Prayer Chain ~ If you have a prayer request, email it to:


    Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond

    1. Next Sunday ~ Orthros Matthew 28:16-20 | Epistle Reading II Timothy 3:10-15 | Gospel Luke 18:10-14
    2. Next Sunday ~ Adult Catechism resumes following Holy Communion.
    3. February 5 ~ GOYA meeting following Sunday School.
    4. February 5 ~ 12:00 PM Greek Corner meets.
    5. February 6 ~ St Photios the Great | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
    6. February 7 ~ 10:00 AM Women’s Study Group resumes via TEAMS.
    7. February 7 ~ 6:30 PM Philoptochos meeting in Teen Room.
    8. February 9 ~ 12:00 PM Philoptochos Agape Oven Meal pick up for those with special circumstances who have reserved a meal.  Contact Mary Olenik or Tessie Lekas for more information.
    9. February 10 ~ St Haralambos | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
    10. February 10 ~ 6:00 PM HOPE/JOY Valentine’s Day Party; dinner, games, crafts, and fun.  RSVP by Sunday, February 5 with child’s name and number attending to
    11. February 10 ~ 7:30 PM GOYA Valentine’s Dance. RSVP to
    12. February 11 ~ 10:00 AM Parish RetreatFamily and Faith Growing Together in Christ” with guest speaker, Fr. Alexander Goussetis sponsored by our Philoptochos.  Register during coffee social or All invited to participate.
    13. February 11 ~ 5:00 PM Orthodoxy on Tap at St Luke the Evangelist Church in Chagrin Falls.  Vespers followed by discussion and fellowship with Fr Matthew Thurman. RSVP by February 6th via email:
    14. February 11 ~ 7:00 PM Nafpaktian Greek Madi Gras party. Contact George Mastrokostas 440.390.8142 or Zoe Mavrakis 330.425.9623 for tickets and information.
    15. February 12 ~ Godparent Sunday.  Celebrate baptism with your Godchild/Godparent by inviting them to prepare and receive Holy Communion together.
    16. February 12 ~ Philoptochos Loukoumades sale during coffee social.
    17. February 16 ~ 1:00 PM Senior OPA Club Agape Luncheon with St Demetrios Yassou Club as guests.  RSVP to Diana Steffas or Tessie Lekas. Meal provided; dessert appreciated.
    18. February 20 ~ Orders due for GOYA Laganes sale.  Place your order at or during coffee social.   Pick up on Sunday, February 26th.
    19. February 24 – April 7 ~ 5:00 PM Annunciation Cleveland Lenten Fish Fries every Friday.
    20. Job Opening ~ St Demetrios Rocky River is accepting applications for the paid position of full-time janitor for the church, facility, and Zapis Activity Center. Contact for more information.