Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-04-09
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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


Apr. 9, 2023


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Philippians 4:4-9
GOSPEL: John 12:1-8
GREEK TEXT p. 200 
CONFESSIONS:  7:30 p.m
PROSFORA: Connie Tsironis
PANGARI: Parish Council





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,

'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


Wisdom of the Fathers

But observe the wisdom of the Evangelist, how he is not ashamed to parade their former ignorance. That it was written they knew, that it was written of Him they knew not. For it would have offended them if He being a King were about to suffer such things, and be so betrayed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Apr. 10th   -  7:00 p.m.  - Bridegroom Service
                          -  7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
                          -  8:30 p.m. - Confessions

Tues, Apr. 11th   - 7:00 p.m.  - Bridegroom Service
                            -  8:30 p.m. - Confessions

Weds, Apr. 12th  - 6:40 a.m. - Presanctified Liturgy
4:00 p.m.Holy Unction
7:00 p.m. - Matins 

Thurs, Apr. 13th  9:30 a.m. - Vespers 
                           -  7:00 p.m. - 12 Gospels
Fri, Apr. 14th       9:30 a.m. - Vespers & Liturgy
9:30 a.m. -  Good Friday Program
                            3:00 p.m. - Vespers 

                          -  7:00 p.m. - Epitaphios Service
Sat, Apr. 15th     - 9:30 a.m. - Vespers & Liturgy 
                            - 11:00 p.m. - Vigil
Sun, Apr. 16th    - PASCHA
12:15 a.m. - Liturgy  
 12:00 p.m. - Agape Vespers
1:00 p.m. - OE Paschal Egg Hunt


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. 9th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Apr. 9th:


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.


Orthodox Forum will meet again after Easter on Sunday, April 23. Please join us at 11:30 am in the conference room to discuss St. George.


Please join us after the Divine Liturgy today for a delicious luncheon prepared by Matt Fikaris, George Stathopoulos, Chris Anton, Dimitris Kalafatis, Paul Fikaris, Alex Fikaris and Sam Fikaris. Lunch selections are fish ($15) or pasta ($5). The cost of the food is underwritten, therefore, all proceeds benefit the Church.

Sponsors are Chris and Susan Anton, Bill & Jill Fanos, Alex & Paula Kappos, George & Laura Kappos, Vanessa Pasiadis, Jack Ramsey & Anna Vedouras, Michael & Fran Vento and Dick & Anna Warren.  Dessert for the luncheon is being provided by the Sikoutris families in memory of David Irwin, Angelo Sikoutris, and Stephen Sikoutris.  Thank you for your support. CARRY OUT IS AVAILABLE.


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. 9th - OE Classes - Palm Sunday / Palm Procession
  • Apr. 16th - EASTER / Family Worship / Pascha Agape Service  / Egg Hunt / OE Coffee Hour to follow

If there are any questions, please email


1)  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!

2) 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.

3) GOYA will be preparing Mother's Day Corsages on Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Students are requested to come and help get the flowers ready for the weekend. GOYA will also be distributing the corsages on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14th, as well as hosting coffee hour that day. See you then!

4) 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.

5) GOYA will be joining Philoptochos for a special visit to Zelma George Family Shelter on Friday, May 19th. Details are still being worked out, but see Ted or a member of Philoptochos for more information.



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:


Congratulations!  Is someone in your family graduating? If so, please let us know so we can celebrate together! Please send us the graduate’s name, photo, school graduating from, interesting information you want to share, and plans for the future to by May 14th.  We will we honor all the graduates at our church’s name day luncheon on Sunday, May 21st.  Please join us.


St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church Presents a free public lecture series: “I Believe…” A series of four presentations that explore the foundational statement of the Christian faith as given in the Nicene Creed. All presentations by Fr. Matthew Thurman, at 7:00 p.m. on the following days:

  • April 20, 2023: “God the Father, God the Son”
  • May 4, 2023: “God the Son (cont.)”
  • May 18, 2023: ““God the Son (cont.), God the Holy Spirit, the Church”
  • June 1, 2023: “Baptism, Resurrection, the Last Things”

All sessions will be held in person at: St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church, 18046 Chillicothe Rd. Bainbridge, OH 44023. For more information:
Email or call (440) 384-3285


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 1st Tone

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 4th Tone

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, "Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam."