Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-04-02
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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. 26, 2023


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Hebrews 9:11-14
GOSPEL: Mark 10:31-45
GREEK TEXT p. 196 
PROSFORA: Maria Gentis
PANGARI: Team B: Jason Berry, William Raybuck, Marguarite Stephanopoulos
COFFEE HOSTS: Connie Tsironis & family; Sia Papouras & family; Fotios & Georgia Christides 
MEMORIALS:     - 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial for Tulip Karavalos
10:45 a.m. - 3 Year Memorial
 for Michael Tsironis, beloved husband of Connie Tsironis
10:45 a.m. - 4 Year Memorial 
for Mike Papouras,  beloved husband of Sia Papouras
10:45 a.m. - 10 Year Memorial 
for Angelo Sikoutris,  husband of Penelope Sikoutris, father of Eftihia Tsengas and grandfather of Eva and Demetra Tsengas 
 - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial 
in memory of Athanasios & Olympia Christides, parents of Fotios Christides & Sia Papouras
- 10:45 a.m. - Memorial 
in memory of Ioannis & Androniki Zoidis, parents of Georgia Christides
10:45 a.m. - Memorial
 in memory of Frideriki Kontonikolaou, sister of Fotios Christides & Sia Papouras

                          - 10:45 a.m. - Memorial in memory of Leonidas Machairas (5 years), brother of Molly Machairas (William C Mitchell)

There will be an extra basket passed this Sunday by Philoptochos for Holy Cross, as the previous date was cancelled due to inclement weather.





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Ninth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe." Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered Him, "My Lord and My God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Before He humbled Himself, only the angels knew him. After He humbled Himself, all human nature knew Him. You see how His humbling of Himself did not make Him have less but produced countless benefits, countless deeds of virtue, and made His glory shine forth with greater brightness? God wants for nothing and has need of nothing. Yet, when He humbled Himself, He produced such great good, increased His household, and extended His kingdom. Why, then, are you afraid that you will become less if you humble yourself?
St. John Chrysostom
On the Incomprehensible Nature of God. 8.46-47. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: Mark.


This Week


Mon, Apr. 3rd     -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 
                         -  7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
Tues, Apr. 4th   - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Apr. 5th  - 8:30 a.m. - St Gregory Palamas Pilgrimage
                         9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study
                         -  7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek 

Thurs, Apr. 6th  11:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
Fri, Apr. 7th       
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
                         -  6:00 p.m. - GOYA Palm Folding
Sat, Apr. 8th      - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Sat of Lazaros)
9:30 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
10:00 a.m. - Greek
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Apr. 9th     - PALM SUNDAY
8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  
                           -  6:00 p.m.
 - Bridegroom Service 
 7:30 p.m. - Confessions


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.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Apr. 2nd:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Apr. 2nd:


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.


We are pleased to welcome everyone to this week's Orthodox Forum. The speaker will be Dr. Deena Magoulias, who will discuss St. Loukas (Luke). Please join us in the conference room at 11:30 am.


The annual pilgrimage to St Gregory Palamas Monastery will take place on Wednesday, April 5th. 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 (


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. 


Your help is needed to prepare the flowers for the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, April 14th beginning at 10:00 am.  We will share a potluck luncheon. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you can.  No experience necessary!! Please bring a pair of clippers and a friend.  Call Paula Kappos (440-247-7508) or Anna Warren (216-287-6890) with any questions.


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.


Help is needed to "install" the luminaries to light the path of the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, April 14th. Please come and help Friday morning at 10:30 am - no experience necessary.  Please contact Anna Warren to let us know if you can help or if you have any questions ( or 216-287-6890).  Thanks for your help!!


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. 


The St. Photios Award is granted annually by the Metropolis of Pittsburgh to two people from each parish. Nominees are parishioners who have voluntarily served the parish in exemplary fashion- "men and women who have served your community in previously unsung ways..." The 2023 awardees from our parish are Mike Vasilakes and Emily Scocos.

The awards banquet will be held at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Cranberry in Mars, PA, on Saturday, April 29. Hors d'oeuvres at 4:00 PM, Dinner and Awards at 5:00 PM. (Information: All are welcome to attend.


The Metropolis Philoptochos Board and the Sts. Constantine and Helen Philoptochos Board would like to humbly thank everyone that attended, sponsored and donated baskets for the Daffodil Luncheon. The fundraiser was a success because of your generosity and support.

May God Bless You


  • Apr. 2nd - OE Classes
  • Apr. 9th - OE Classes - Palm Sunday / Palm Procession

If there are any questions, please email


1)  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. Also, if you are interested in having a GOYA lock-in event that night, please RSVP to Ted today. Adult chaperone volunteers will be needed in order to have the lock-in too.

2) The 2023 GOYA Olympics will take place the weekend of May 5th - 7th at All Saints, Canonsburg. This weekend is structured just like a GOYA basketball tournament except that the events will include track and field, kickball, trivia, volleyball, and more. In order to send a group, we need GOYAns to sign up in advance. Please let Ted know you're interested by Pascha Sunday, April 16th.

3) 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!

4) HOPE/JOY youth (kindergarten - 6th grade) are invited to a parish field trip to Adrenaline Monkey on Sunday, April 23rd from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The facility features "ninja courses, aerial ropes courses, rock climbing walls, arcades, and more." The address is 26800 Renaissance Pkwy, Cleveland, 44128, and the cost will be $10 per participant. Kindly RSVP to Ted by Bright Wednesday, April 19th.

5) Our young adult group (ages 21 - 35ish) is invited to a pilgrimage to St. Gregory Palamas Monastery on Saturday, May 13th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. We will have an audience with Fr. Joseph, take a tour of the monastery, attend Vespers, and then have dinner with the monks. Please RSVP to Fr. Nick or Ted by Monday, May 8th.



Sts. Constantine & Helen strongly encourages all youth to participate in Summer Camp at Camp Nazareth! To facilitate this, the Church is offering $600 scholarships to all parish campers. Each family is asked to pay only $75 per child/GOYAn.

You will need a scholarship code prior to signing up to take advantage of this opportunity. Contact either Fr. Stephen or Ted Cherpas for the code or for more information.

Summer Camp registration will begin on Tuesday, April 4th @ 7:00 p.m. at Camp Nazareth can and does sell out, so please act fast!


The Cleveland chapter of the International Orthodox Christian Charities is holding its annual fundraising banquet on Monday, May 8, 6-9 PM, at St. Michael's Woodside Event Center, 5025 Mill Road, Broadview Heights. Tickets ($60 each) are available through Fr. Stephen ( 


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!


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.


Junior Greek Dancers will begin meeting on Sundays after OE starting April 23rd through June 4th for one hour. After June 4th practices will switch to Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7:30pm until the festival. Practices will tentatively take place in the Fellowship room. Typically, junior dancers must be turning 8 the year of the festival, but we are open to welcoming younger dancers that are able to learn the dances.
Please contact Elena Willis at 216-225-7469 or with any questions! We look forward to seeing you on April 23rd!


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.


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).


We have received check donations recently that were processed through a bank fund and therefore came in with no donor attribution attached. We do of course wish to keep our donor records up to date. So if you have made such a donation in recent months, please contact the Church office at 216 932-3300 or to be sure your contribution has been applied to your account.


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 Nafpaktian Cultural Foundation Inc. awards one $1,000 scholarship for college students that are majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) and multiple $500.00 scholarships to high school and college students who are of Greek ancestry in Northeast Ohio. The scholarship applies to eligible students who meet the requirements as listed on the application. The requirements and deadlines may vary for each program. However, all applicants must be of Greek ancestry and a permanent resident of one of the following counties in Ohio: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, or Summit Counties. Deadline for applying is July 15, 2023.
See details on website:


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal 4th Tone

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

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 2nd Tone

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.