Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-03-19
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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. 19, 2023


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6
GOSPEL: Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
GREEK TEXT p. 190 
PROSFORA: Jennifer Moissis
PANGARI: Team  D:  William Chevako, George E Loucas, Maria Misthos
COFFEE HOSTS: Parish Council
GOYA: 11:30 a.m. - GOYA Meeting





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying and the napkin, which had been on His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that He must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

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 4:14-16; 5:1-6.

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Wisdom of the Fathers

To deny oneself means to give up one's bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts and desires; to suppress every evil thought; to avoid occasions of sin; not to desire or to do anything out of self-love, but to do everything out of love for God. To deny oneself, according to St. Paul means "to be dead to sin. . . but alive to God."
St. Innocent of Alaska
The Lenten Spring, SVS Press, p. 147, 19th Century


This Week


Mon, Mar. 20th    - 7:00 p.m. - Great Compline
                           -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 
                           -  7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
Tues, Mar. 21st    - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Mar. 22nd  9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study
                             -  6:00 p.m. - Presanctified Liturgy
                           -  7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek

Thurs, Mar. 23rd 11:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
Fri, Mar. 24th     
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
                            -  7:00 p.m. - Vespers at Annunciation Church

Sat, Mar. 25th    - 9:30 a.m. - Annunciation Liturgy at Annunciation 
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Mar. 26th   - 8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  
11:30 a.m. - Greek Independence Program & 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.


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. 19th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar. 19th:


There will be an extra basket passed this Sunday (March 19) by Philoptochos for Holy Cross.


This week there will be two special Lenten services:Great Compline on Monday at 7:00 PM, and the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday at 6:00 PM. On Friday, Vespers will be held at Annunciation Church in Tremont at 7:00 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 (


We are pleased to welcome everyone to the 11:30 am. presentation. This week, the speaker will be Dr. Michael Manos discussing “St. Seraphim of Sarov”.


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.


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).


The annual Palm Sunday Luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 09th.  There will be a choice of fish or pasta. The cost of the food is underwritten, therefore, all proceeds benefit the Church.  Please plan to attend immediately following the Divine Liturgy. 


The Sts. Constantine and Helen Great and Holy Friday Retreat on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Families are invited, but not required, to join their children for the Royal Hours Service at 9:30 a.m. and the Vespers Service at 3:00 p.m. Students and volunteers may register by visiting: by Sunday, April 9, 2023.

Please contact Ted Cherpas at with any questions.


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.


  • Mar. 19th - OE Classes
  • Mar. 26th - OE Classes / Greek Independence Day Program & Luncheon

If there are any questions, please email


1)  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.

2)   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.

3)  The Sr. Hellenic Dancers have been invited to perform at the Greek Independence Day Program at Annunciation, Cleveland on Saturday, March 25th. His Eminence will be attending. Please let Ted know by Sunday, March 19th if you are available to perform as part of the day's festivities.

4)  The annual GOYA Palm Folding Night will take place on Friday, April 7th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be provided, and each family is asked to bring a Lenten item to share. The sacrament of Holy Confession will also be available for your Lenten journey. See Ted with any questions.

5)  Our young adult group (ages 21 - 35ish) will have its next event on Bright Wednesday, April 19th. We will meet at the Kiwanis Pavilion in Elmwood Park (6363 Selig Dr, Independence, 44131) @ 6:00 p.m. Participants are each asked to each bring something. Come and celebrate your Paschal joy with your Orthodox friends!


St Herman’s Paul Finley Retirement Banquet

Please join us as we celebrate Paul Finley’s 10 years of service at St Hermans; at the Woodside event center at St. Michaels in Broadview Heights on Saturday, April 22nd at 6 pm.  Donations can also be made to the new Paul Finley St. Herman's endowment fund that will continue his legacy of service to the ministries of St Herman’s. For details please go to or use your camera on the QR code below.  Please reach out to Maria Misthos with any questions, 440-552-3270. 


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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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 Grave Tone

By your cross you destroyed death, and opened paradise to the thief. You transformed the sorrow of the Myrrh-bearers, and commanded the apostles to proclaim that you have risen from the dead, Christ our God, granting to the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Cross in the 1st Tone

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

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!"