St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2018-11-11
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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. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.

Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 10:25-37

At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Kατέλυσας 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.
O Lord by Your sacred Cross You abolished death, and granted unto the thief blessed paradise. The Myrrh bearers ceased lamenting and turned to joy. The Apostles did preach the Good News at Your command, that You had risen from the dead O Christ Our God, bestowing Your mercy upon the world evermore.

Apolytikion for Martyr Menas in the Fourth Mode

Your Martyrs, O Lord, were worthily awarded by You / the crowns of incorruption, in that they contested for You our immortal God. / Since they possessed Your power, they defeated the tyrants, / dashing the demons’ powerless displays of defiance. / O Christ God, at their fervent entreaties, 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 Fourth Mode

The Savior's most pure and immaculate temple, /the very precious bridal chamber and Virgin,/ who is the sacred treasure of the glory of God,/ on this day is introduced /into the House of the Lord, / and with herself she brings the grace in the divine Spirit./ She is extolled by the Angels of God./ A heavenly tabernacle is she.

Saints and Feasts

November 11

8th Sunday of Luke

November 11

Menas of Egypt

Saint Menas, who had Egypt as his fatherland, contested in Cotyaeion of Phrygia in 296 during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian. A soldier distinguished for his valour in war, he renounced his rank and withdrew to devote himself to ascetical struggles and prayer in the mountains. Filled with zeal and more than human courage, he presented himself in the midst of a pagan festival in Cotyaeion and declared himself to be a Christian. After terrible torments which he endured with astonishing courage, he was beheaded. His martyrium in Egypt became a place of universal pilgrimage; evidence of ancient journeys to his shrine have been found as far away as Ireland. The glory and refuge of the Christians of Egypt, he has been revealed to be a worker of great miracles and a swift defender for all who call on him with faith; besides all else, he is also invoked for help in finding lost objects.

November 11

Victor and Stephanie

Saints Victor and Stephanie contested in Damascus in 160, during the reign of Antoninus Pius. The pagans arrested Saint Victor as a Christian and cut off his fingers, put out his eyes, and beheaded him. As Saint Stephanie, the wife of a certain soldier, and a Christian, saw Victor's nobility in his sufferings, she loudly cried out to call him blessed and to say that she saw two crowns prepared, one for him, and one for herself. She also was taken, and was tied to two palm trees which had been bowed down; when they were released, she was torn asunder.

November 11

Theodore the Studite

Saint Theodore the Studite was born in Constantinople in 759; his pious parents were named Photinus and Theoctiste. He assumed the monastic habit in his youth, at the monastery called Sakkoudion, and became abbot there in 794. About the year 784 he was ordained deacon, and later presbyter by the most holy Patriarch Tarasius. On joining the brotherhood of the Monastery of Studium (which was named after its founder Studius, a Roman consul), the Saint received the surname "Studite." He proved to be a fervent zealot for the traditions of the Fathers and contested even unto death for the sake of his reverence for the holy icons. He endured three exiles because of his pious zeal. During the third one, to which he was condemned by the Iconoclast autocrat, Leo the Armenian, he endured courageously - being beaten and bound and led from one dark dungeon to another - for seven whole years. Finally he was recalled from exile by Michael the Stutterer. Receiving thus a small respite from his labours of long endurance, he reposed in the Lord on November 11, 826, a Sunday, while his disciples, who stood round about him, chanted the 118th Psalm. Some say that after receiving the immaculate Mysteries, he himself began chanting this psalm. And on reaching the verse, ' I will never forget Thy statutes, for in them hast Thou quickened me" (Ps. 118:93), he gave up his spirit, having lived for sixty-seven years. In addition to his other sacred writings, he composed, with the collaboration of his brother Joseph, almost the whole of the compunctionate book of the Triodion (see also July 14).

November 11

Holy Martyr Vincent

Saint Vincent is the most illustrious of the Martyrs of Spain. Because of his virtue, he was ordained deacon by Valerius, Bishop of Saragossa, who, because of his advanced age and an impediment in his speech, commissioned Vincent to be preacher of the Gospel. In 303, the impious Emperors Diocletian and Maximian sent Dacian to Spain as governor, with an edict to persecute the clergy. Saint Vincent was brought with Bishop Valerius to Valencia; the bishop was sent into exile, but the holy deacon was tortured on a rack, and after suffering other cruel torments, gave up his soul into the hands of God on January 22 in the year 304.



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 ~ MNYMOSINA: 1 year for Effie Natsis; 3 years for Fr. Theo Anastas; 3 years for Stella Kadras; TRISAGION: the deceased members of Daughters of Penelope Eryinys 355 Chapter; for Steve (Stylianos) and Mary Ann Callas; for John and Stephen Kornelakis; for Kathryn and Albert Cozzarin; for Nikoloas and Eleni Kalepouis; for Evangelos and Paraskevoula Pappas; for Demetra and Argiros Markos; 29 years for Anthony Goulandris.
  2. Today ~ Artoclasia for the health of Daughters of Penelope Erinys 355 Chapter.
  3. Today ~ Adult Catechism with Elaine Poulos and Coffee & Conversation with Jonathan and Kristina Tartara following Holy Communion.
  4. Today ~ Coffee Social hosted by Philoptochos in honor of Veterans Day and the Kadras family. All proceeds will benefit the American Legion Hellenic Post 453.
  5. Today ~ GOYA meeting with Dance practice for Seniors dancers ONLY following meeting.
  6. Today ~ the Nomination Committee is taking names for the upcoming Parish Council elections. If you or someone you know is interested, please see Thalia Marakas, Bruce Trakas, or Tom Sperellis.
  7. Today – December 2 ~ include your household name in the Community Christmas card for $15.  See one of the GOYAns during coffee social or submit through our website.
  8. Monday ~ 5:30 p.m. Greek School.
  9. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study Group with Elaine Poulos.
  10. Wednesday ~ 6:00 p.m. GOYA Tournament planning meeting.
  11. Wednesday ~ 7:00 p.m. Parish Council monthly meeting.
  12. Thursday ~ 7:00 p.m. Bible Study with Frank Chirakos & Fr. Costas. All are welcome.
  13. You have all received in the mail the package of information for the Final Phase, of the PAVE THE WAY. Please review and respond generously to this project. We thank you for your generosity!

Upcoming Events in Our Parish – Respond Early

  1. Next Sunday ~ Epistle Reading, Ephesians 4:1-7; Gospel, Luke 12:16-21.
  2. Next Sunday ~ MNYMOSINA: 40 days for Gregory Pagonakis; 1 year for Maria Tripodis; 30 years for Cathy Dadas Manolas; 6 months for Chrysoula Gonakis; 15 years for Emmanouel Gonakis; 5 years for Chris Vitakis; TRISAGIA: 40 days for Carol Pagonakis; for Michael Lovecky.
  3. Next Sunday ~ Coffee Social hosted by the Tripodis, Pagonakis, and Kastanis families.
  4. Next Sunday ~ 12:00 p.m. Parish Assembly meeting. We encourage your participation.
  5. Next Sunday ~ Philoptochos Pastitsio pick-up. Place your order by November 11, 2018.
  6. November 21 ~ Entrance of the Theotokos; 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  7. November 22 – 23 ~ Happy Thanksgiving; office closed.
  8. November 25 ~ Stewardship Sunday. Please take a moment to prayerfully review the packet mailed to your home this week and respond accordingly. A special tray will be passed to collect cards.
  9. November 29 ~ 2:00 p.m. Senior Fellowship Holiday Gala at Carrie Cerino’s Ristaurante. Choose from wide menu options. To reserve your seat, RSVP to Helen Dadas, Maria Regan, or Sophie Steffas.
  10. November 30 ~ Andrew the First Called Apostle; 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  11. November 30 ~ 7:00 p.m. St Paul Night at the Cleveland Monsters Hockey game featuring intermission performance by our Junior dancers.
  12. December 1 ~ 10:00 a.m. GOYA Brunch & Rap Session at the Wilson home.  RSVP / sign up to bring something to share at
  13. December 2 ~ St. Nicholas Gift Giving ~ children are asked to bring a wrapped gift for a needy child their own age labeled boy/girl/age.  Gifts are to be placed by the baptismal font.  Breakfast with St. Nicholas sponsored by Philoptochos following Liturgy. Purchase your tickets during the coffee social or through our website in advance.
  14. December 7 ~ 5:00 p.m. GOYAns offer to babysit so parents can have a night out.  Test to RSVP: Christina Psellas 440.465.2313 or Anthea Lindeman 440.822.5923. Free Will donations welcome.
  15. December 9 ~ 4:00 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Nativity Concert hosted by our parish.
  16. May 4 – 15, 2019 ~ Father Costas leads Pilgrimage to Italy. Contact him for more information. Deadline to sign up extended to the end of November.

Events in the Greater Cleveland Area and Beyond…

  1. Wednesday ~ 6:00 p.m. Holy Unction Service before the beginning to Christmas fast. At Buna Vestire Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, 7140 Fitch Rd, Olmsted Township, OH.
  2. Friday – Next Sunday ~ Metropolis GOYA Fall Retreat at Camp Nazareth.
  3. Saturday ~ 6:00 p.m. Nafpaktian Cultural Foundation Annual Glendi and presentation of scholarships. For details contact Vickie Douzos 440.734.8795 or Zoe Mavrakis 216.337.5217.
  4. Next Sunday ~ 4:00 p.m. Retirement Celebration for Rev. Fr. James Doukas at St Demetrios Rocky River.  Contact the church office at 440.331.2246 for more information.
  5. December 8 ~ 1:30 p.m. Blessing and Open House for ZOE Women’s Center at 5454 State Road in Parma.  Kindly respond to 440.893.9990.
  6. December 8 ~ 6:00 p.m. Annual St. Nicholas Day Dance at St. Nicholas Lorain.
  7. December 29 ~ 7:00 p.m. HPS Ball at Lago, East Bank on W10th St in Cleveland. Contact Linda Glynias at 216.469.2663 for more information and tickets.
  8. January 3 – 6 ~ Pancretan Youth Conference hosted by the Cretan youth of Akron and Cleveland. Contact Michael Zanoudakis for more information at 440.785.6198.


    2018 Stewardship Card

    2018 Stewardship Card

    Complete your stewardship card online today if you haven't submitted yet

    Today - December 2, 2018

    Today - December 2, 2018

    Place your name in the GOYA Community Christmas card that is mailed to the parishioners of our parish. See GOYAns during coffee social, print form and submit, or submit name through our website.

    November 18, 2018

    November 18, 2018

    Pre-order your tray of pastitsio for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas by November 11th for pick up on November 18.

    November 29, 2018

    November 29, 2018

    Senior Fellowship Holiday Gala

    December 1, 2018

    December 1, 2018

    GOYA Brunch and Rap Session at the Wilson home

    December 2, 2018

    December 2, 2018

    Breakfast with St Nicholas ~ make your reservation early!

    December 2 - 9, 2018

    December 2 - 9, 2018

    Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale

    December 7, 2018

    December 7, 2018

    GOYAns provide babysitting for parents to get some Christmas shopping done or just to enjoy a night out. Please RSVP.

    2019 GOYA Tournament

    2019 GOYA Tournament

    Place a personal ad to cheer on our GOYAns or a business sponsorship in our Tournament Ad book

    May 4 - 15, 2019

    May 4 - 15, 2019

    Pilgrimage to Italy