Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-02-26
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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. 26, 2023


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Romans 13:11-14, 14:1-4
GOSPEL: Matthew 6:14-21
GREEK TEXT p. 182 
PROSFORA: Katina Nicolacakis  
PANGARI: Team  A: Eftihia Tsengas,  Steven Demetriou, Tom Parras
MEMORIALS: 10:45 a.m.  - 1 Year Memorial for Dimitrios Hliatzos
COFFEE HOSTS: the Hliatzos Family 





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking spices, which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered His words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the Apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But 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.

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 Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation.
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
Unknown, 18th century


This Week


Mon, Feb. 27th   - 7:00 p.m. - Compline
                          -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 
                          -  7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
Tues, Feb. 28th   - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance 
                           -  7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek
Weds, Mar. 1st   9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study
                           - 6:00 p.m.
 - Presanctified Liturgy
Thurs, Mar. 2nd 11:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
Fri, Mar. 3rd       
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
                           -  7:30 p.m. - Salutations Service

Sat, Mar. 4th     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, Mar. 5th    - 8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  


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. 26th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Feb. 26th:


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 pleased to welcome everyone back. Our speaker this Sunday will be Dr. Peter Gilbert on the topic “The Teachings of St. Dorotheos of Gaza, part 2”.


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.


In the Orthodox Tradition, Lent begins tomorrow on a day called "Clean Monday." The time from then until Pascha (Easter) is observed with (1) special church services, (2) fasting from meat, fish and dairy products, (3) increased reading of spiritually uplifting texts, (4) increased philanthropy and (5) the sacrament of Holy Confession.

This week the special services are on Monday, Wednesday & Friday evenings as well as on Saturday morning. They are listed in this week’s calendar at left.



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


Akron area Orthodox Christian Women are sponsoring a Lenten Retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th, 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

Please note printed bulletin has incorrect date


Join us for the Feast Day of the Mother Church, with His Eminence Metropolitan Savas for Great Vespers and Artoklasia on Friday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. with Lenten refreshments to follow in the church banquet hall.

Saturday, March 25th Orthros 8:15 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. and Doxology to follow proceeding to the Greek Independence Day Parade. We are honored and humbled to have +His Eminence Metropolitan Savas as this year’s Grand Marshall, festivities will follow in our banquet hall banquet hall.


Sunshiners, We will meet at the Sts. Constantine and Helen Fish Fry on Friday, March 10 at 4:30. This is 30 minutes before the opening time, to allow us to secure tables.  Please let Maria Cashy know if you will be attending at or 216-390-2294.  Look forward to seeing everyone.


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.


  • Feb. 26th - OE Classes: Cheesefare Sunday
  • Mar. 5th - OE Classes: Sunday of Orthodoxy - Icon Procession


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!


The Senior Hellenic Dancers will begin their 2023 practices on Sunday, March 5th. Practice sessions will begin after OE classes and will last one hour. There will be no practices on Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, or May 21st (Sts. Constantine & Helen Day). To join the group, you must be 13 by December 31st, 2023. See Pres. Christina Callos or Ted with any questions.


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).


1)  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.

2) OCF will have its next meeting on Thursday, March 16th @ 7:30 p.m. on JCU's campus. Fr. Tom & Pres. Molly Drenen will be visiting. As requested, Fr. Tom will talk about the differences between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism from the perspective of someone who converted. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Ted by Wednesday, March 15th.  

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.


Coffee hour dates open again later this spring.  Please call the church office or send an email to to ask about your preferred day. 


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.



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.


The printed version of 2022 end of year statements have been mailed. Email statements are on their way, pending resolution of a technical error. If you need your statement sooner, or have any questions about the items on your statement, please call or email 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 4th Tone

The joyful news of your resurrection was told to the women disciples of the Lord by the angel. Having thrown off the ancestral curse, and boasting, they told the apostles: death has been vanquished, Christ our God. is risen, bestowing on the world great mercy.

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 Plagal 2nd Tone

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, "O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen."