Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-02-12
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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


Feb. 12, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: I Corinthians 6:12-20
GOSPEL: Luke 15:11-32
GREEK TEXT p. 174 
PROSFORA: Christina Callos  
PANGARI: Team  C: Costa Sarris, Angelo Savakis, George Stamatis
MEMORIALS: 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial for Chris Doufopoulos
                      10:45 a.m. - 6 month Memorial for Marrion Demore 
                      10:45 a.m. - 1 year Memorial for Harry Arastaris
COFFEE HOUR: Hosted by Helen Demore family & friends; Tammy Arastaris 





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back - it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 2nd Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom


This Week


Mon, Feb. 13th   -  6:30 p.m. - Basketball (offsite)
 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 
-  7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek

Tues, Feb. 14th  - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance 
7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek
Weds, Feb. 15th 9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study
6:30 p.m. - Basketball (offsite)
Thurs, Feb. 16th 10:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
Sat, Feb. 18th    9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Sat. of Souls)
 - 9:30 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
10:00 a.m. - Greek School
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Feb. 19th    - 8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  
                           - 10:45 a.m. - 2 year Memorial:
 Philomeni Romoudi


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 Feb. 12th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Feb. 12th:


We are pleased to welcome everyone back. Our speaker this Sunday will be Dr. Peter Gilbert on the topic “The Teachings of St. Dorotheos of Gaza”


The Orthodox Christian Community of Greater Cleveland and Lorain will soon be honoring the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of the Great Fast. A celebration of this triumph of our Faith will take place on the evening of 05 March 2023, at 5:00pm. This service of Great Vespers will be hosted by Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (OCA), located at 6822 Broadview Road, Parma, Ohio 44134. His Grace, the Right Reverend Andrei, Bishop of Cleveland and Auxiliary to the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (OCA), will preside as well as offer the homily.

If you wish to donate, we ask that you make checks payable to the “Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy,” or simply the “GCCOC.” Checks can either be given to your parish priest, or they can be mailed to the address below no later than 26 February 2023.

GCCOC, c/o St. Innocent Orthodox Church
PO Box 38208
Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138


We will once again have our Community Fish Fry beginning Friday, February 24th, and going thru Friday, March 31st. Hours are 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

General help is needed on the front line, order taking, runners, bar, and also in the kitchen. Please click on the below Sign-Up Genius link to volunteer to help.


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 Feb. 15.


2022 end of year statements are being mailed out this week. If you have any questions about the items on your statement, please call or email the office.


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!


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


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).


  • Feb. 12th - OE Classes: Clergy visit high school class
  • Feb. 19th - OE Classes


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!


1)  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!

2) 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.

3) The 2023 Young Adult Lenten Retreat will be hosted at Camp Nazareth the weekend of March 17th - 19th. Fr. Radu Bordeianu of Holy Trinity, Pittsburgh will be the keynote speaker. You can register now at Send any questions to

4)  GOYA will be visiting St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Food Bank on Saturday, March 18th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This will be our 2023 Lenten service project. Send RSVPs and any questions to Ted.

5) Registration for the 2023 GOYA Spring Retreat @ Camp Nazareth is now live at The 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.


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.


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has announced the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Earthquake Relief Fund, a fundraising effort by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of the recent earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America invites all parishes and faithful to support the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Earthquake Relief Fund. Donations can be made online at the dedicated webpage for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Earthquake Relief Fund: . Checks may also be sent to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, 8 E. 79th St., New York, NY 10075, and made payable to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese with a memo notation of "Earthquake Relief Fund."   


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


The Philoptochos Daffodil Luncheon will be held on APRIL 1, 2023. The Metropolis of Pittsburgh Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society’s Daffodil Luncheon is the largest fundraiser to support our organization. This year, we are committing 2/3 of the profits from our Daffodil Luncheon to Social Services and 1/3 to the “Seminarians of our Future Scholarship Fund”. We are asking for your support through sponsorship of the Daffodil Luncheon. We will recognize all sponsors in our event program. Please contact Anna Vedouras (216) 235-2798 or 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.


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!


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 2nd Tone

When you descended into death, O life immortal, you destroyed Hades with the splendor of your divinity, and when you raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers shouted: O giver of life, Christ our God, glory to you.

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 3rd Tone

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."