Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-01-29
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (216) 932-3300
  • Fax:
  • (216) 932-0825
  • Street Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
  • Mailing 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


Jan 29, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: II Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1
GOSPEL: Matthew 15:21-28
GREEK TEXT p. 170 
PROSFORA: Anna Tsagaris  
PANGARI: Team  A: Eftihia Tsengas,  Steven Demetriou, Tom Parras
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - 1 year Memorial for Electra Ladas
BLESSING: 10:45 a.m. - 40Day Blessing: Skevos Stamos
COFFEE HOSTS:  Due to the work currently being done in the Cathedral Center, and an event scheduled for Sunday afternoon in our Fellowship Hall, Parish Council will be offering coffee only in the entryway outside the gym after services. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to returning to our regular coffee hour next week.




Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. And he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me." Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


Wisdom of the Fathers

He kept her waiting for an answer in order to declare that the minds of His disciples should also be merciful. As human beings they were ashamed of the clamor of the woman as she pursued them publicly, but He Himself knew the character of His mercy.
St. Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216


This Week


Mon, Jan. 30th   9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Three Hierarchs)
-  6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball (offsite)
 7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 

Tues, Jan. 31st   - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance 
7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek
Weds, Feb. 1st  - 9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study
6:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball (offsite)
Thurs, Feb. 2nd  9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Presentation of Christ)
10:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
Sat, Feb. 4th      - 9:30 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
10:00 a.m. - Greek School
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Feb. 5th      - 8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  
                           - 10:45 a.m. - 5 Year Memorial
: Norbert Goss
                           - 10:45 a.m. - Memorials:
 Emmanuel Tartara 50 years; Eleni Tartara - 18 years  
12:00 p.m. - Boys Basketball (offsite)  



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.


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.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Jan. 29th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Jan. 29th:


Due to the work currently being done in the Cathedral Center, and an event scheduled for Sunday afternoon in our Fellowship Hall, Parish Council will be offering coffee only in the entryway outside the gym after services. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to returning to our regular coffee hour next week.


We are pleased to welcome everyone back for the new year. We  will be returning to the 11:30 am. timeslot, and  the speaker will be Dr. Nikos Papadakis on the topic: Saints in the Orthodox Church.


2023 Pledge Forms have been sent out. If you didn’t receive yours or need another, they are available on our website or in the office.

TITHE.LY - IMPORTANT UPDATES! is an online giving tool that makes it simple to safely/securely give to your church anywhere at any time. No downloads required; simply visit the Sts. Constantine and Helen homepage, and click the green Give Now button at the upper right of the page. Your gift goes directly to the church, and is an easy way to make your donation by credit card. However, please be aware that if you choose not to cover the fee, it will be deducted from your donation.

PLEASE NOTE as well that if you’ve set up a recurring donation on, it’s time to update your pledge for this year. It did NOT automatically change to the current year’s Stewardship Fund, so please make sure your gift is being allocated as intended - some of you still have donations coming in tagged for 2021!


Invites all to join us every Wednesday, from 9:30-11am.
Our next book to read and discuss is:
Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life, by WD Taylor.
Contact Toni Madden at for the Zoom link. We encourage you to join us!


Evening Prayer Sessions  

The Faith In Action group has Evening Prayer Sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday of each week at 8:30pm (EST) for all those interested.
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 867 187 8236 Passcode: Jesus
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,8671878236# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,8671878236# US (New York).


The Parish Council requests nominations for the 2023 St. Photios Award. This is an honor bestowed annually on two people from each parish by the Metropolis of Pittsburgh. The intent is to honor "unsung heroes," who serve the parish in many ways.

Past recipients include the following:

  • 2022 (2020)- Dick Warren & Irene Theodore;
  • 2019- George Kappos & Chris Tartara;
  • 2018- Elaine Joaquin & Mary Lambert;
  • 2017- Anna Warren & Katherine Kartalis;
  • 2016- Emily Miklis & James Huebner;
  • 2015- Helen Carbon (+2018) & Paul Fikaris;
  • 2014- Agnes Goss & Bill Mavrakis.

Nominations may be submitted to or to any Parish Council member, no later than February 15.


  • Jan 29th - OE Classes
  • Feb. 5th -  Godparent Sunday. Godparents are really special people.  Invite your godparent to church next Sunday!  Orthodox Education students made invites to send their godparent (or a loved one if a godparent is not available) to join them in class this day.


Our church oratorical festival will be Sunday, March 12th.  OE students in grades 5-12 will receive information on participation today. It would be wonderful if all students become orators and learn more about our faith!  We hope to have a mentor for each participant. If you are interested in mentoring please call Maria Misthos (440-552-3270).  Finally, please mark the date on your calendar to join us for lunch to support our youth!


If you've been to church lately, you may have noticed a lot of changes. One of these affects Ted Cherpas, our Director of Youth Ministries, who now has an office at the east end of the hall (the old Festival office). And a new office means a new phone - you can now reach him at Phone: 216-932-3300 x5.


We are reading and discussing: Metropolitan Anthony Bloom’s book "Beginning To Pray". This book is a classic written for people at all levels of spiritual development.

We began our Zoom discussion as of January 11th on Wednesday evenings at 7-8pm for 6 weeks. If interested, contact Cynthia Terezis by email at to be added to the Zoom email invite. Books are available through or Amazon


The Philoptochos Daffodil Luncheon will be held on APRIL 1, 2023 - more information to follow in the coming months.


Coffee hour dates are all but full for this winter; however, we do have dates open beginning in April. Please call the church office or send an email to to ask about your preferred day. 


1)  2023 Summer Camp @ Camp Nazareth staff applications are now live on the Metropolis website! Applications will be closing on February 1st. This is a wonderful way to "give back" and support our camp program. Candidates are encouraged to complete their applications ASAP at:

2) Registration for the 2023 GOYA Spring Retreat @ Camp Nazareth will go live on Wednesday, February 1st. The actual event will be March 31st - April 2nd. Camp Naz can and does sell out, so please reserve your spots quickly. Contact Fr. Stephen for parish scholarship codes, and Ted about the St. Cons carpool.

3) Orthodoxy on Tap (ages 21 - 35ish) will have its next meeting on Saturday, February 11th @ 6:00 p.m. at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, Bainbridge. Fr. Matthew Thurman will be hosting and speaking. To participate, RSVP to by Monday, February 6th. Pizza will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own beverages.

4)  GOYA will have its annual end-of-basketball "banquet" on Saturday, February 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The event will feature Vespers, a potluck supper, and emotional speeches from the coaches. Save the date, and come hungry!

5) A regional HOPE/JOY (K - 6th grade) retreat will be hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton on Saturday, March 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The retreat theme will be, "The Sundays of Lent." Activities will include craft, service projects, and lunch. Register at: Contact Soci Phyrillas with any questions.


We have restarted OPA after a long hiatus, and invite all to join us for dancing and parea.  We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Note that as of this week, we will be moving to the Fellowship Hall while the gym floor is being refinished.


Akron area Orthodox Christian Women are sponsoring a Lenten Retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore. Our speaker will be Rev. Nicholas Halkias on the topic, “The Prayer of St. Ephraim”. Tickets include Continental Breakfast, Morning Session, Lenten Lunch, and Afternoon Session. RSVP by Friday, March 10, 2023 and make checks payable to OCW. Remit to:
Pat Gorsuch
124 Beech St., Doylestown, OH 44230
For more information call: Sandy Menhorn 330-354-7792 or Nancy Studebaker 330-655-9638


Our GOYAns  are competing in a local basketball tournament TODAY  January 29th hosted by St. Demetrios, Rocky River. The Sunday games will be at St. Demetrios Church & Rocky River Middle School (1631 Lakeview Ave, Rocky River, 44116). Come cheer them on! For specific game times, please contact Ted Cherpas.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Tone

You descended from on high, O merciful Lord, and accepted the three-day burial in order to free us from our passions. Glory to you, O Lord, our life and our resurrection.

Apolytikion for Relics of Ignatius the Godbearer in the 4th Tone

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal 4th Tone

Your Apostle among the Rulers, St. Constantine, who once beheld in the sky the image of Your Cross, and who like Paul received his calling not from man, once entrusted the Ruling City into Your hand. We entreat You to restore it in peace forever, at the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord who loves humanity. (Copyright Fr. Seraphim Dedes, used by permission. All rights reserved)

Seasonal Kontakion in the 1st Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.