Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-03-12
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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


Mar. 12, 2023


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3
GOSPEL: Mark 2:1-12
GREEK TEXT p. 188 
PROSFORA: Artemis Papouras
PANGARI: Team  C: Costa Sarris, Angelo Savakis, George Stamatis
MEMORIALS: 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial for Fr Peter Metallinos
                      10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial for Mahi  Paparizos
                      10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial for Frank Karfes
                      10:45 a.m. - 1 year Memorial for Irene Theodore
                      10:45 a.m. - 8 year Memorial for Nick Terezis
COFFEE HOUR: Sponsored by the friends and families of all those memorialized today.
OE: 11:30 a.m. - Parish Oratorical Festival   
ORATORICAL LUNCHEON: 11:45 a.m. - Fellowship Hall





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, having risen from the dead, Jesus went up and stood among His disciples and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; handle Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, He said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave Him a piece of broiled fish [and some honeycomb], and He took it and ate before them. Then He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name in all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them, He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the Temple blessing God.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

For He doth not on all occasions require faith on the part of the sick only: as for instance, when they are insane, or in any other way, through their disease, are out of their own control. Or rather, in this case the sick man too had part in the faith; for he would not have suffered himself to be let down, unless he had believed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Mar. 13th     - 7:00 p.m. - Great Compline
                          -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 
                          -  7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
Tues, Mar. 14th    - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
                           -  7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek

Weds, Mar. 15th    9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study
                             -  6:00 p.m. - Presanctified Liturgy

Thurs, Mar. 16th   11:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
Fri, Mar. 17th       
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
                             -  7:30 p.m. - Salutations Service

Sat, Mar. 18th     - 9:30 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
10:00 a.m. - Greek School
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Mar. 19th   - 8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  
11:30 a.m. - GOYA Meeting


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 Mar. 12th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar. 12th:


This week there will be three special Lenten services: Great Compline on Monday at 7:00 PM, the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday at 6:00 PM and the Salutations service on Friday at 7:30 PM. There will be a lenten potluck supper on Wednesday following the Liturgy. 

The annual pilgrimage to St Gregory Palamas Monastery will take place on Wednesday, April 5. A carpool group will gather at the Golden Gate shopping area on Mayfield Road west of I-271, departing at 8:45 AM and returning around 4:00 PM. There is no charge for this, but we must tell the monastery how many are coming. Please let Fr Stephen know if you plan to attend by Monday, April 3, 10:00 AM (


Orthodox Forum will not be meeting this afternoon, so that we may all attend the Oratorical Festival.


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 TODAY, Sunday, March 12th. 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).


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.


  • Mar. 12th - OE Classes: Oratorical Festival
  • Mar. 19th - OE Classes


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.


The Senior Hellenic Dancers began 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.


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.


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).


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


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those guarding it became as dead. Mary stood at your grave seeking your pure body. But you stripped the power of Hades, yet were not touched by corruption. You met the virgin and granted her life. O Lord, who

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal 4th Tone

Light of Orthdoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics, invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory thou wonderworker, boast of Thessalonica, herald of grace: ever pray 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 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!"