St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-04-16
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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 117.24,29.
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8.

In the first book, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?" He said to them, "it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth."

Gospel Reading

Great and Holy Pascha
The Reading is from John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.


Saints and Feasts

April 16

Great and Holy Pascha

Mary Magdalene, and the other women who were present at the burial of our Saviour on Friday evening, returned from Golgotha to the city and prepared fragrant spices and myrrh, so that they might anoint the body of Jesus. On the morrow, because of the law which forbids work on the day of the Sabbath, they rested for the whole day. But at early dawn on the Sunday that followed, almost thirty-six hours since the death of the Life-giving Redeemer, they came to the sepulchre with the spices to anoint His body. While they were considering the difficulty of rolling away the stone from the door of the sepulchre, there was a fearful earthquake; and an Angel, whose countenance shone like lightning and whose garment was white as snow, rolled away the stone and sat upon it. The guards that were there became as dead from fear and took to flight. The women, however, went into the sepulchre, but did not find the Lord's body. Instead, they saw two other Angels in the form of youths clothed in white, who told them that the Saviour was risen, and they sent forth the women, who ran to proclaim to the disciples these gladsome tidings. Then Peter and John arrived, having learned from Mary Magdalene what had come to pass, and when they entered the tomb, they found only the winding sheets. Therefore, they returned again to the city with joy, as heralds now of the supernatural Resurrection of Christ, Who in truth was seen alive by the disciples on this day on five occasions.

Our Lord, then, was crucified, died, and was buried on Friday, before the setting of the sun, which was the first of His "three days" in the grave; observing the mystical Sabbath, that "seventh day" in which it is said that the Lord "rested from all His works" (Gen. 2:2-3), He passed all of Saturday in the grave; and He arose "while it was yet dark, very early in the morning" on Sunday, the third day, which, according to the Hebrew reckoning, began after sunset on Saturday.

As we celebrate today this joyous Resurrection, we greet and embrace one another in Christ, thereby demonstrating our Saviour's victory over death and corruption, and the destruction of our ancient enmity with God, and His reconciliation toward us, and our inheritance of life everlasting. The feast itself is called Pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew word which means "passover"; because Christ, Who suffered and arose, has made us to pass over from the curse of Adam and slavery to the devil and death unto our primal freedom and blessedness. In addition, this day of this particular week, which is the first of all the rest, is dedicated to the honour of the Lord; in honour and remembrance of the Resurrection, the Apostles transferred to this day the rest from labour that was formerly assigned to the Sabbath of the ancient Law.

All foods allowed during Renewal Week.

April 16

Agape, Chionia, and Irene, the Holy Martyrs

When the Emperor Diocletian was at Aquileia, he learned that these Saints were Christians, and had them brought before him. Because they would not deny Christ, he had them imprisoned, and when he went into Macedonia, he committed them to Dulcitius the Prefect, who, however, lost his understanding and became incapable of doing them any harm. Diocletian then gave Count Sisinius charge over them. He had Saints Agape and Chionia burned; he ordered that Saint Irene be put in a brothel, but by the providence of God this was not accomplished, and she was shot with an arrow. These holy sisters suffered martyrdom in Thessalonica in the year 295.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode

Χριστός Ανέστη εκ νεκρών, θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοίς εν τοίς μνήμασι, ζωήν, χαρισάμενος.
Christos anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, ke tis en ti mnimasi zoi, harisamenos.
Christ is Risen from the dead | by death trampling down upon death | and to those in the tombs He has | granted life.

Hypakoe of Great and Holy Pascha in the Fourth Mode

They who were with Mary came before the dawn, and finding the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, heard the Angel say unto them; Why seek Him as man amongst the dead, Who dwells in light eternal? Behold the grave wrappings; make haste and declare to the world that the Lord is Risen, and has caused death to die; for He is the Son of God, the Savior of mankind.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Into the grave you descended, Immortal One, | yet you destroyed the power of Hades, | and as victor | you arose, O Christ our God; | you proclaimed to the myrrh-bearing women a greeting of joy, | you brought peace to your holy apostles, | and to the fallen you granted resurrection.


This Weeks Announcements

 Welcome to all our guests!
We are glad you are here worshiping with us today on this glorious day of our Lord’s Resurrection!


  • Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church is only offered to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through the disciplines of our faith. Speak to Fr. Costas for further details.

    1. Today ~ 11:00 AM Egg Hunt for children 10 and under | 11:30 AM Agape Vespers with the reading of the Gospel in various languages.
    2. Today ~ Adult Catechism with Elaine Poulos resumes April 23.
    3. Monday ~ 12:00 PM Philoptochos Agape Ovens meal pick up for those with special circumstances.  Contact Mary Bozikis or Mark Bozikis Olenik for more details.
    4. Monday ~ 4:00 PM Adult Greek School resumes.
    5. Monday ~ 5:30 PM Greek School resumes.
    6. Tuesday ~ 6:30 PM Membership Committee meeting.
    7. Wednesday & Thursday ~ 9:00 AM Festival baking resumes as we make tsoureki.
    8. Wednesday ~ 4:00 PM Women’s Study via Teams
    9. Wednesday ~ 7:00 PM Parish Council monthly meeting.
    10. Friday ~ Feast of Life-Giving Spring | 8:30 AM Orthros; 9:30 AM Liturgy.
    11. Saturday ~ 6:00 PM St Herman House presents An Evening to Celebrate Paul Finley at St Micahel’s Woodside in Broadview Hts. $125 per person. Purchase tickets at
    12. 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.
    13. St Paul Prayer Chain ~ If you have a prayer request, email it to:
    14. 2023 Stewardship Card ~ parishioners who have made a 2023 Stewardship pledge are listed in the March issue of The Messenger. For any questions call the office. Please complete stewardship card located at the candle stands or form online at  

    Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond

    1. Next Sunday ~ Orthros Mark 16:1-8 | Epistle Reading Acts 1:1-8 | Gospel John 1:1-17.
    2. April 25 ~ 6:00 PM Stewardship Committee meeting.
    3. April 27 ~ 7:00 PM Bible Study with Father Costas resumes via Teams.
    4. April 29 ~ 4:00 PM St Photios Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh.
    5. April 30 ~ Dance practice following Sunday School and costume measuring.
    6. May 1 & 2 ~ 9:00 AM Festival baking team will be making galactobouriko, pineapple cheese, apple and cherry delights.  We invite you to join us.
    7. May 2 ~ 6:30 PM Philoptochos Board meeting.
    8. May 2 ~ 7:00 PM Home Committee meeting.
    9. May 8 ~ 6:00 PM IOCC Annual Banquet at St Michaels Woodside in Broadview Hts. Tickets $60/person.  Contact Ken Boukis for more information and tickets.
    10. May 9 ~ 6:30 PM Philoptochos General meeting.
    11. Scholarship Opportunities are posted as they become available at  Please be sure to read all requirements and deadline dates.


    2023 Stewardship

    2023 Stewardship

    For your convenience, you can complete your 2023 Estimate of Giving Card and/or make a donation by clicking the link or scanning QR code on this flyer.

    April 16, 2023

    April 16, 2023

    Bring a Paschal Basket filled with food you have fasted from during Lent to be blessed by Father during Liturgy following the Resurrection Service

    April 16, 2023

    April 16, 2023

    Egg Hunt for children 10 and under followed by the Pascha Agape Service

    April 16, 2023

    April 16, 2023

    We invite you to read the Gospel at the Agape Vespers in a different langage