St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-11-28
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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 Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10.

Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."


Saints and Feasts

November 28

Stephen the New

The righteous Stephen was born in Constantinople in 715 to pious parents named John and Anna. His mother had prayed often to the most holy Theotokos in her church at Blachernae to be granted a son, and one day received a revelation from our Lady that she would conceive the son she desired. When Anna had conceived, she asked the newly-elected Patriarch Germanus (see May 12) to bless the babe in her womb. He said, "May God bless him through the prayers of the holy First Martyr Stephen." At that moment Anna saw a flame of fire issue from the mouth of the holy Patriarch. When the child was born, she named him Stephen, according to the prophecy of Saint Germanus.

Stephen struggled in asceticism from his youth in Bithynia at the Monastery of Saint Auxentius, which was located at a lofty place called Mount Auxentius (see Feb. 14). Because of his extreme labours and great goodness, he was chosen by the hermits of Mount Auxentius to be their leader. The fame of his spiritual struggles reached the ears of all, and the fragrance of his virtue drew many to himself.

During the reign of Constantine V (741-775), Stephen showed his love of Orthodoxy in contending for the Faith. This Constantine was called Copronymus, that is, "namesake of dung," because while being baptized he had soiled the waters of regeneration, giving a fitting token of what manner of impiety he would later embrace. Besides being a fierce Iconoclast, Constantine raised up a ruthless persecution of monasticism. He held a council in 754 that anathematized the holy icons. Because Saint Stephen rejected this council, the Emperor framed false accusations against him and exiled him. But while in exile Saint Stephen performed healings with holy icons and turned many away from Iconoclasm. When he was brought before the Emperor again, he showed him a coin and asked whose image the coin bore. "Mine," said the tyrant. "If any man trample upon thine image, is he liable to punishment?" asked the Saint. When they that stood by answered yes, the Saint groaned because of their blindness, and said if they thought dishonouring the image of a corruptible king worthy of punishment, what torment would they receive who trampled upon the image of the Master Christ and of the Mother of God? Then he threw the coin to the ground and trampled on it. He was condemned to eleven months in bonds and imprisonment. Later, he was dragged over the earth and was stoned, like Stephen the First Martyr; wherefore he is called Stephen the New. Finally, he was struck with a wooden club on the temple and his head was shattered, and thus he gave up his spirit in the year 767.

November 28

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste

Saint Irenarchos, who was from Sebastia, lived during the reign of Diocletian. In his youth he ministered to the holy Martyrs during the time of their punishment in prison. Once, on beholding seven women being tormented in behalf of Christ, and marvelling at their courage, and seeing how, although they were weak in body, they nonetheless became like men before the tyrant and put him to shame, the Saint was enlightened by divine grace and confessed Christ with boldness. Tried by fire and water, he was beheaded together with the holy women in the year 298.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode

Αγγελικαί Δυνάμεις επί τό μνήμα σου, καί οι φυλάσσοντες, απενεκρώθησαν· καί ίστατο Μαρία εν τώ τάφω ζητούσα, τό άχραντόν σου σώμα· εσκύλευσας τόν Άδην, μή πειρασθείς υπ’αυτού· υπήντησας τή Παρθένω, δωρούμενος τήν ζωήν. Ο αναστάς εκ νεκρών, Κύριε δόξα Σοι.
Αgelike Dinamis epi to mnimasou, ke I filasontes apenekrothisan, ke istato Maria en to tafo zitousa, to ahranton sou soma, eskilefsas ton Adin, mi pirasthis ipaftou, ipindisas ti Partheno, doroumenos tin zoin, O anastas ek ton nekron, Kirie doxa Si.
Angelic powers appeared at Your tomb, and those guarding it became like dead, and at Your grave Mary was standing, seeking Your most pure body. You plundered Hades, not being tempted by it; You encountered the Virgin, granting life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, glory to You!

Apolytikion for Stephen the New in the Fourth Mode

When you had trained ascetically on the mountain | wearing the armor of the Cross, blessed Father, | you then destroyed the spiritual armies of the foe. | Afterwards you manfully stripped yourself for the contest | and you slew Copronymous with the sword of the true Faith. | For both these vict’ries you were crowned by God, | monastic Martyr | Saint Stephen, extolled by all.

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 maid | goes to the grotto to give birth | to the pre-eternal word | in an ineffable manner. | Dance for joy, all the inhabited earth, on hearing. | Glorify along with Angels and with the shepherds | Him who willed that He appear as | a newborn Child | the pre-eternal God.
H Parthenos simeron, ton proeonion Logon, | en Spileon erhete | apotekin aporitos. | Horeve I ikoumeni akoutisthisa, | doxason | meta agelon ke ton Pimenon, | voulithenta epothine, | Pedion neon, | ton pro eonon Theon.


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.


Welcome! We’re glad you’re here! Please know that MASKS are NOT required in our sanctuary. We do, however, have a RESERVED section for those who wish to wear masks and maintain social distancing. 

  1. Today ~ MNYMOSINA: 40 days for Harilaos Roditis | 1 year for Ernie Fourmas | 5 years for Mike (Emmanuel) Paterakis [for Nicholas Paterakis].
  2. Today ~ 40 day churching for the daughter of Joe and Alexa (Sullivan) Fox.
  3. Today ~ Adult Catechism with Elaine Poulos, IN PERSON or via ZOOM with the book “For They Shall See God”, which is available in our bookstore for $14.
  4. Today ~ Coffee Social hosted by the Roditis family | no coffee social next week due to breakfast..
  5. Monday ~ 5:30 p.m. Greek School.
  6. Tuesday ~ feast of St Andrew | 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  7. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study Group with Elaine Poulos will resume in January.
  8. Thursday ~ 5:30 p.m. Adult Greek School.
  9. Thursday ~ 7:00 a.m.  Bible Study with Father Costas via ZOOM.
  10. Friday ~ 10:00 a.m. decorating of church for Christmas.  All invited to assist.
  11. Saturday ~ 9:30 a.m. GOYA brunch and discussion at the Asmis home.  RSVP to Tina at 216.571.6353.
  12. Please note the KIOSK in the outer Narthex ~ not everyone carries cash with them all the time. The kiosk was added for your convenience. Ask Parish Council for assistance if needed.
  13. 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.
  14. 2022 STEWARDSHOP CAMPAIGN ~ Thank you to all who filled out and returned their 2022 Stewardship commitment Card. If you have not done so yet, please bring or mail to the office.


Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond

  1. Next Sunday ~ Epistle Reading Galatians 5:2-26, 6:1-2 | Gospel Luke 13:10-17.
  2. Next Sunday ~ MNYMOSINA: 1 year for John James | 5 years for Fannie Pyros | 12 years for Bill Pyros.
  3. Next Sunday ~ 40 day churching for the daughter of Nick and Ashley Ljubi.
  4. Next Sunday ~ Philoptochos sponsors Breakfast with St. Nicholas following Liturgy.  Tickets are available during the coffee social or online at
  5. December 6 ~ feast of St. Nicholas | 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  6. December 6 ~ 5:30 p.m. Philoptochos Baking Class with Athina Cotronakis – choice of Spanakopita or Tiropita. $30/person.  Sign up on our website or during coffee social. RESCHEDULED DATE.
  7. December 7 ~ 6:00 p.m. monthly Parish Council Christmas dinner at Vaccaro’s.
  8. December 12 ~ 11:45 a.m. Philoptochos Christmas Party.  Pre-sale reservations only.  $25/person.  Make reservation during coffee social, mail check to church, through our website, or contact Kim Kontos by December 8th.
  9. December 24 ~ 9:00 a.m. Great Hours of Christmas; 5:00 p.m. Vesperal Liturgy
  10. December 25 ~ Holy Nativity | 8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  11. December 27 ~ feast of St Stephen | 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy.
  12. December 31 ~ Circumcision of Our Lord | St Basil | 5:00 p.m. Orthros; 6:00 p.m. Liturgy.

For the Holidays


  1. GOYA ~ GOYAns are accepting donations of $15 to have your household name included in the Community Christmas card.
  2. Greek School ~ insert your greeting on Greek designed notecards. Package of 16 cards for $20.
  3. Philoptochos ~ order your favorite pastries from the Philoptochos ladies for pick up December 5th.
  4. Daughters of Penelope ~ Christmas wreaths, swags, or crosses can be ordered for pick up on December 5th through Tria Charnas or


Events in the Greater Cleveland Area and Beyond

  1. Next Sunday ~ 7:00 p.m. Great Vespers for St. Nicholas at St. Nicholas in Lorain.
  2. December 9 - 12 ~ Byzantine Studies Conference hosted at CWRU and The Cleveland Museum of Art. For questions, email
  3. December 11 ~ 10:00 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Women’s Guild with Fr. Peter Simko at St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Olmsted Falls.