Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-05-26
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (216) 932-3300
  • Street Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Contact Information

Services Schedule


MATINS: 8:15 am
LITURGY: 9:30 am

SATURDAYS (subject to change):

VESPERS: 5:00 p.m.

Past Bulletins



MATINS:                   8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:                 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:                 Acts 9:32-42
GOSPEL:                  John 5:1-15 
GREEK TEXT:          p. 68 (black book)      
TRADITION: we do not kneel in church from Pascha thru Pentecost       
PASCHAL DIALOGUE (end of Liturgy):       
              Priest: Christos anesti!
                Congregation: Alithos anesti!
              PriestChrist is Risen!
                Congregation: Truly He is Risen!
              PriestChristos anesti!
                Congregation: Alithos anesti!
              PriestGlory to His holy Resurrection on the third day! 
                Congregation: We worship His Resurrection on the third day!
ACOLYTES:            Team A
PROSFORA:           Artemis Papouras 
PANGARI:             Team A: Steve Demetriou III, Costa Sarris, Jack Ramsey
BLESSING:            40 Day Blessing: Theodore Alexandros, son of Greg & Alaina Peterca
MEMORIALS:        40 Day Memorial - Emily Miklis, wife of Harry (deceased), mother of the late Ellen Karavolos (Michael), grandmother of Nicholas and Alex, sister of Effie Chapman (deceased) and Toni Lesser.
COFFEE HOSTS:   the family of Emily Miklis


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:12-35

At that time, [Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened. That very day] two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" and they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find His body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see." And He said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was not it necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into this glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

In that case [Matt 9:2] there was remission of sins, (for He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee,") but in this, warning and threats to strengthen the man for the future; "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 1, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, May 27th         - MEMORIAL DAY - Office Closed
 - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, May 28th        - 9:30 a.m. - Festival Baking
- 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance 
Weds, May 29th      - 9:30 a.m. - Festival Baking
 -  9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Bible study
- 5:30 p.m. - Junior Dancers
                                -  6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Kefi Dance

Thurs, May 30th      - 5:00 p.m. - Greek School - Youth
7:30 p.m. - Zoom Book Discussion
Sat, June 1st           9:30 a.m. - Greek School – Youth
                                - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers  (& Confessions)
Sun, June 2nd          - 8:15 a.m.  - Matins
                                  9:30 a.m. - Liturgy 
                                11:30 a.m. - Graduates Luncheon


We’re happy you’ve joined us today. Please sign our guestbook and introduce yourself to one of our greeters or anyone wearing a nametag. We’re here to answer your questions and make your visit to our church meaningful and enjoyable.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on May 26th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on May 26th:


Everyone is welcome in the Orthodox Church & may receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service, but only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.


We plan to read and discuss “Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart”, by Alan Wolfelt, PhD. We will Zoom once weekly for 10 weeks to read, review and discuss on Thursday evenings at 7:30-8:30 pm. starting May 30. If interested, contact Cynthia Terezis at to be added to the Zoom email invite.

Since Wolfelt’s book is not an Orthodox Christian source, in order to keep us grounded in the Orthodox perspective on death and resurrection, we will also read chapters from several Orthodox books, written by such authors as: Met. Kallistos Ware, Jean-Claude Larchet, PhD., and Daniel Hinshaw, M.D. Please purchase Wolfelt’s book. Chapters from the Orthodox books will be provided. 


Luncheon to honor our graduates & past parish presidents: Please join us on June 2nd after liturgy for lunch when we gather to celebrate our graduates and thank our past presidents for their service.  Tickets are $25/person for a chicken meal until 5/26, but $30 after that.  Pasta meals are $10.  Children under 6 are free. Luncheon tickets can be bought after liturgy starting 5/12 or online now at Please contact Maria Misthos if you have any questions, at or 440-552-3270.


Sunshine Group, our next lunch is June 13 at the Cheesecake Factory.  We will meet at 1 pm.  Address:  24265 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst.  Please call, text or email Maria Cashy at 216-390-2294 or if you can attend.   All Sunshiners are invited to attend!


Philoptochos is sponsoring a Memorial Service for Father’s Day to honor our Father’s, Grandfathers and Godfathers who have departed. Everyone is invited to submit the names of their loved ones who are no longer with us. Father will be reading the names during a service on Sunday June 16, 2024. If you would like to make a donation to Philoptohos, it would be greatly appreciated. Please mail names to: Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos c/o Kathy Cramer 3352 Mayfield Rd. Cleve Hts. OH 44118; or email names to Please put Father’s Day in the subject line, and submit names before Sunday, June 9, 2024.


Philoptochos is collecting items for the residents of the Zelma George Family Center.  The items needed are towels, washcloths, bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene supplies, black hair products, socks (all sizes) and underwear (all sizes). Please place your donations in the brown donation box by June 23. Thank you.


Join St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland at the Elyria Country Club for our 11th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, July 15, 2024 at the Elyria Country Club, 41625 Oberlin Elyria Road, Elyria, OH 44035. All proceeds help us carry out our mission to shelter and support homeless men on the path to well-being and independence, as well as meet the basic needs of people in our community.

If you can’t make it to our in-person event, you can still bid on the amazing prizes at our Virtual Auction. A link to the auction items will be posted at on Sunday, June 19th.


1) Sts. Constantine & Helen will provide $600 scholarships for all youth going to Camp Nazareth this summer. You will need a scholarship code prior to signing up to qualify. Contact either Fr. Stephen or Ted Cherpas for more information. Summer Camp registration is now live at Half of all spots are currently filled, so please act fast! 

2) GOYA is joining FOCUS for its annual backpack drive. You can participate by volunteering to fill a backpack for a student in need right here in Cleveland. The packing list includes items like pencils, folders, and index cards. The deadline to have everything collected is Sunday, August 4th. Please see Ted to get involved. 

3) The Metropolis Youth Office presents "In Her Embrace," a 1-day youth retreat for those with moderate to intensive special needs (for those in kindergarten through 35-years-old). This will be hosted by St. Nicholas, Youngstown on Saturday, June 8th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register, contact Alyssa Kyritsis at

4) St. Kyranna Cooking Class will have its next meeting on Saturday, June 8th @ 6:00 p.m. Eleni Demore will host. Our theme will be "Peloponnese Pasta." Participants are encouraged to also attend Great Vespers beforehand @ 5:00 p.m. Kindly RSVP to Ted by Monday, June 3rd.


Please join St. Makrina Bible Study as we begin a new book- Bread and Water, Wine and Oil by Father Meletios Webber. We meet every Wednesday from 9:30-11am over Zoom. You do not have to attend every session and can contribute to the discussions as much or as little as you wish. The book can be purchased through Amazon.  Please contact Toni Madden at for the Zoom link. We encourage you to join us!


Interested in hosting coffee hour? We now have a SignUp Genius page that shows available dates and allows you to directly choose your day. Visit it here to help fill the calendar:


The Memory Eternal Bereavement Discussion Group would like to invite everyone to meet and brainstorm ideas about developing a bereavement group. We would like to determine the needs of our community, what functions such a group might provide, and how these needs might be met. We invite you to share your ideas!

If interested, please contact Sade at the Church office with your name and email. If there is enough interest and participation, a summary of our brainstorming meetings can be brought to Fr Stephen and the Church Board for further discussion.


Kefi, the new dance group for young adult dancers, meets Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the Cathedral Center.  Spread the word.


OPA Dance is back! We invite all to join us for dancing and parea. OPA meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  


Are you missing some sunglasses? Shoes? A water bottle? Reading glasses? Your kid’s tie?  We’ve probably got them in the office. Stop by and pick up your things, our collection is overflowing! Unclaimed items will be donated or disposed of in the near future.


The Hellenic Dancers have begun Sunday practices for both Juniors and Seniors. Practice sessions will begin after OE classes and will last one hour. See Pres. Christina Callos or Ted with questions regarding the seniors, and Elena Willis at 216-225-7469 for the juniors.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.