St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-04-18
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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. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Saints and Feasts

April 18

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.

April 18

Holy Father John the Righteous, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis

This Saint took up the monastic life from his youth and became a disciple of Saint Gregory of Decapolis (see Nov. 20). After his elder, Saint Gregory, reposed (in the first half of the ninth century), he came to Jerusalem and finally reposed in peace in the Monastery of Saint Chariton.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Τό φαιδρόν τής Αναστάσεως κήρυγμα, εκ τού Αγγέλου μαθούσαι αι τού Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καί τήν προγονικήν απόφασιν απορρίψασαι, τοίς Αποστόλοις καυχώμεναι έλεγον· Εσκύλευται ο θάνατος, ηγέρθη Χριστός ο Θεός, δωρούμενος τώ κόσμω τό μέγα έλεος.
Το fethron tis Anastaseos kirigma, ek tou Agelou mathouse e tou Kyriou Mathitrie, ke tin progonikin apofasin aporipsase, tis Apostolis kafhomene elegon. Eskilefte o thanatos, igerthi Christos o Theos, doroumenos to kosmo to mega eleos.
When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal Fourth Mode

In you, O Mother, is preserved undistorted what was made in the image of God; for taking up the cross, you followed Christ and by example taught, that we should overlook the flesh, since it passes away, and instead look after the soul, since it is immortal. And therefore, O devout Mary, your spirit rejoices with the angels.

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 Second Mode

A protection of Christians unshameable, / intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, / reject not / the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. / Instead,/ come to us for you are good; / Your loving help bring unto us / who are crying in faith to you: / Hasten to intercede/ and speed now to supplicate, / as a protection for all time, / Theotokos, for those who honor you.


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 now in 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 and practice social distancing. See the new seating diagram that is posted.
  • 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.
  • For those not able to attend church, LIVE services can be viewed on our Parish YouTube Page ~ click here:   
  • Fr. Costas has now received both vaccinations. If any of our elderly or anyone else wants a visit from him, please feel free to call him on his cell at 440-669-1316 to make arrangements.
  1. Today ~ MNYMOSINA: 1 year for Dimitria Minaritzis | 5 years for Anna Koulioufas | 12 years for Jimmy Boukis [for Rev. Demetrios and  Presv. Ioanna Costarakis | for Presv. Mary Costarakis].
  2. Today ~ 11:30 a.m. Sunday School via ZOOM.
  3. Today ~ 11:45 a.m. Adult Catechism via ZOOM with Elaine Poulos.
  4. Today ~ in person GOYA meeting after church.
  5. Today ~ Philoptochos still has some packages of koulourakia ($5/dozen). Contact Mary Pagonakis at 440.230.1927.
  6. Monday ~ 5:30 p.m. Greek School via ZOOM.
  7. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study Group with Elaine Poulos via ZOOM.
  8. Thursday ~ Bible Study on book of Acts via ZOOM with Father Costas will resume May 6th.  Saturday ~ Lazarus Saturday | 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy followed by Palm folding.
  9. Palm Sunday ~ 2:00 p.m. North Royalton Community Meal chaired by Maria Lang
  10. Sacrament of Confession ~ It is essential that we receive this sacrament during these Lenten days as we prepare for the Resurrection. Call or text Fr. Costas at 440.669.1316 to set up an appointment.
  11. Sunday ~ Palm Sunday Luncheon To Go.  Prepaid orders only.  Place your order on our website. Your choice of Plaki or Baked fish dinner | $15 each.
  12. Luminary Bags ~ place your order now through April 25. Names will be placed on bags that will be lit as we process with the Epitaphio.  $5/name with a limit of two names per bag. Order from one of our GOYAns or online through our website, or see Goya table as you exit the church today.
  13. Please note the KIOSK in the outer narthex ~ not everyone carries cash with them all the time. The kiosk is placed in the outer narthex for your convenience. Ask Parish Council for assistance if needed.
  14. North Royalton Hunger Center ~ During these days of Great Lent, please remember to bring any non-perishable items when you come to church to place in the basket at the top of the stairs for those in need. Be sure to check the expiration date.
  15. Decorate the Church for Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha ~ donations are being accepted to decorate the Church for our Lenten services and Pascha for the health or in memory of your loved ones.
  16. Stewardship ~ Please take time to fill out, bring to church, mail to the office, or complete online on our website the 2021 Stewardship cards. If there is anything the committee can do for you, call the office, leave a message, and someone will get back to you!   
  17. 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.
  18. 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.


Holy Week Services

Please NOTE: ^ indicates the first 150 people will be seated in the Sanctuary with overflow seating in the Hellenic Center | * indicates Holy Communion is offered

  1. Palm Sunday ~ 8:30 a.m. Orthros^; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy^*; 7:00 p.m. Nymphios Service.
  2. Holy Monday & Holy Tuesday ~ 7:00 p.m. Nymphios Service.
  3. Holy Wednesday ~ 9:00 a.m. Presanctified Liturgy*; 4:00 p.m. Holy Unction^; 7:00 p.m. Orthros service with anointing^.
  4. Holy Thursday ~ 9:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy*; 7:00 p.m. Holy Passion service.
  5. Holy Friday ~ 9:00 a.m. Royal Hours; 3:00 p.m. Apokathilosis; 7:00 p.m. Lamentations^.
  6. Holy Saturday ~ 9:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy^*; 11:00 p.m. Resurrection service followed by Liturgy^*.
  7. PASCHA ~ 11:00 a.m. Egg Hunt followed by Agape Service at 11:30 a.m.


Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond

Next Sunday ~ Epistle Reading Philippians 4:4-9 | Gospel John 12:1-18.