Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-03-05
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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


Mar. 5, 2023


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Hebrews 11:24-26,32-40
GOSPEL: John 1:43-51
GREEK TEXT p. 186 
PROSFORA: Maria Giannirakis
PANGARI: Team  B: Jason Berry, William Raybuck, Marguarite Stephanopoulos
COFFEE HOSTS: Parish Council 
OE: 10:30 a.m. -  Sunday of Orthodoxy Children's Icon Procession   





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

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. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Reading is from John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Before we enter the Lenten fast, we are reminded that there can be no true fast, no genuine repentance, no reconciliation with God, unless we are at the same time reconciled with one another. A fast without mutual love is the fast of demons. . . We do not travel the road of Lent as isolated individuals but as members of a family.
His Grace Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia
20th Century


This Week


Mon, Mar. 6th     - 7:00 p.m. - Great Compline
                          -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 
                          -  7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
Tues, Mar. 7th    - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Mar. 8th    9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study 
                           -  7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek

Thurs, Mar. 9th   11:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
Fri, Mar. 10th       
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
                             -  7:30 p.m. - Salutations Service

Sat, Mar. 11th     - 9:30 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
10:00 a.m. - Greek School
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Mar. 12th   - 8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  
10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial: Fr Peter Metallinos
                           10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial
: Frank Karfes
                           10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial
: Irene Theodore
                           10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial
: Nick L Terezis
11:30 a.m. - Parish Oratorical Festival
11:45 a.m. - Oratorical 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.


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.


This week there will be two special Lenten services: Great Compline on Monday at 7:00 PM and the Salutations service on Friday at 7:30 PM. There will be no Presanctified Liturgy this week, but we will resume holding the Presanctified on Wed. March 15.


The Orthodox Christian Community of Greater Cleveland and Lorain will be honoring the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of the Great Fast. A celebration of this triumph of our Faith will take place this Sunday, 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.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Mar. 5th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar. 5th:


We are pleased to welcome everyone back. Our speaker this Sunday will be Dr. Michael Kellis who will present the topic “St. Paisios, a Modern Day Saint”.


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!


Our Community Fish Fry began last week on February 24th, and will run thru Friday, March 31st. Our 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.


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!


We are preparing the 2023 Luminaries which will be used to line the Holy Friday Epitaphios procession route. Orders will be accepted this Sunday through Palm Sunday. Forms are available in the foyer on the display table. All the proceeds will go towards Camp Nazareth Scholarships for our students. Your support is greatly appreciated. Scholarship requests should be directed to Fr. Stephen. For information about the luminaries please contact Anna Warren (216-287-6890).


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.


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.


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.


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


  • Mar. 5th - OE Classes: Sunday of Orthodoxy - Icon Procession
  • Mar. 12th - OE Classes: Oratorical Festival


1)  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.  

2) 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 

3) 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.

4)  GOYA will be hosting the Potluck supper after the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday, March 22nd. Each family is asked to bring a Lenten item to share with the community. Contact Ted with any questions.

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.


Scholarship applications for graduating high school seniors are now available from the John M. Manos Cleveland AHEPA Chapter #36. Applications must be completed and returned no later than Saturday, May 6, 2023. Please contact Scholarship Chairman Alex Rokakis for an application via email at Please make sure you type AHEPA in the subject line to ensure your request is received.


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.


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


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.


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).


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us, the faithful, give praise and worship to the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit and born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of his own will he mounted the cross in the flesh, suffered death, and raised the dead by his glorious resurrecti

Apolytikion for Sun. of Orthodoxy in the 2nd Tone

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.

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 4th Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"