Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-05-07
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (216) 932-3300
  • Street 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


May 07, 2023


MATINS:  8:15 a.m.
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: Acts 9:32-42
GOSPEL: John 5:1-15
TRADITION: we do not kneel in church from Pascha thru Pentecost
PASCHAL DIALOGUE: (end of Liturgy):
   Priest: Christos anesti!
     Congregation: Alithos anesti!
   Priest: Christ is Risen!
    Congregation: Truly He is Risen!
   Priest: Christos anesti!
    Congregation: Alithos anesti!
   Priest: Glory to His holy Resurrection on the third day!
    Congregation: We worship His Resurrection on the third day!
PROSFORA: Despina Tsiliandis
PANGARI: Team B: Jason Berry, William Raybuck, Marguarite Stephanopoulos 
MEMORIALS:  10.45.a.m.  -  40 day Memorial in memory of Harry Nolidis, husband of Dorothy, dearest father of Renee Sadler(Gary) and Tina Young(Jim)
                     10:45 a.m.  -  3 year Memorial for Emmanuel Papadopoulos Beloved husband of Pagona (nee Glyptis). Loving father of Chris (Mary) and the late George.
COFFEE HOSTS: the Sadler and Young families
GOYA: 11:30 a.m.   -  Meeting



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. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42.

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed." And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, rise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Paralytic
The Reading is from John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.

Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, 'Take up your pallet, and walk.' "They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your pallet, and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

In that case [Matt 9:2] there was remission of sins, (for He said, "Thy sins be forgiven thee,") but in this, warning and threats to strengthen the man for the future; "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 37 on John 1, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, May 8th         -  9:00 a.m. - Festival Baking
                           - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, May 9th      - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, May 10th   - 10:30 a.m. -  Online Beginner's Greek
Thurs, May 11th   - 6:00 p.m. - GOYA Corsage Prep 
Sat,  May 13th      -  9:00 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
- 10:00 a.m. - Greek School 
11:00 a.m. - Philoptochos Gyro Sale
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)

Sun, May 14th      -  8:15 a.m. - Matins
                             -  9:30 a.m. - Liturgy


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 May. 07th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on May. 07th:


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.


Marc Manachole, a parishioner of Buna Vestire (Annunciation) Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Olmsted Falls, will visit today to present at the Orthodox Forum. His presentation will be on St. Alexis Toth, an American saint, who is celebrated on May 7th. Please join us at 11:30 am in the conference room.


Our next lunch is Thursday, May 11 at 1 pm.  We are headed to the Happy Moose Bar and Grill in Mentor at 7693 Reynolds Rd.  Let Maria Cashy know if you can attend: 216-390-2294.


The Eastern Orthodox Womens Guild Pan-Orthodox Luncheon will be held Saturday May 13 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Hall, 6822 Broadview Road, Parma. Doors open at 12:00, luncheon at 12:30. Program includes: appetizers, luncheon menu, desserts, auction baskets and door prizes.  For free tickets contact Katherine Kartalis 216-225-7747 - leave message with your name and number.  Thank you.


Sts. Constantine and Helen Philoptochos is holding their spring Gyro and Greek Pastry Sale fundraiser on Sat May 13th from 11am-3pm. Fill out the online order form before May 10th (this coming Wednesday!), then drive-thru on the 13th to pickup your order. ONLY ONLINE AND PREPAID ORDERS will be accepted, so plan ahead!

Help is needed to make this happen. Come join your community to prepare food on the 11th or process and deliver orders on the day of the sale. Sign up for your preferred spot here:


There will be a general Festival meeting on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!


Philoptochos is collecting items for the Mother's Day Party at Zelma George on Friday, May 19th.  Items needed include full size body wash, antipersperant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine products, nail polish and lip gloss. Monetary donations are also being accepted. Please make check out to Philoptochos – with Zelma George in memo section.  Please place items in the brown donation box by Sunday, May 14. 


Please join us for a luncheon celebrating Sts. Constantine & Helen Nameday and honoring HS and College Graduates on Sunday, May 21, 2023 following the Divine Liturgy.

$15 ticket—in advance or at the door. To purchase tickets contact: Marguarite Stephanopoulos—917-459-7533/


The 51st annual Annunciation Greek Orthodox Greek Festival will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 26th , 27th , 28th and 29th , 2023 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 2187 West 14th Street, Cleveland, Ohio in Tremont. TCome and enjoy a taste of Greek food and wine, beer, music, culture, dancing and entertainment for the whole family at this year’s Tremont Greek Fest…OPA! We also will be offering tours of the beautiful, historic Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, also known as the Mother Church of Cleveland, which was built in 1912. 

For more information about the 2023 Tremont Greek Fest go to or


Please help us prepare for our beloved Greek festival - don’t forget it comes early this year! We are grateful for any amount of time you can give us. Baking preparation begins starting at 9:00 a.m. on the following date:

  • May 8th - Galatoboureko / clip & stack grape leaves
  • May 15th - Dolmathes
  • May 22nd - Dolmathes


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.


  • May 7th - OE Classes
  • May 14th - OE Classes / Mother's Day
  • May 21st - Last Day of OE Classes / Sts C&H Feast Day luncheon / Graduate Recognition

If there are any questions, please email


1)  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!

2) 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.

3) GOYA will be visiting WhirlyBall (5055 Richmond Rd, Bedford Heights, 44146) on Sunday, May 21st from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. We will be playing whirlyball (a combination of go-karts & lacrosse) for the first hour, and laser tag for the second hour. Please RSVP to Ted by Monday, May 15th so we have a count for our group. See you there!

4) GOYA is invited to a Metropolis Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, June 3rd hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton. Come see and compete with all your friends from camp and the tournaments! To participate, RSVP to Ted by Sunday, May 14th. Contact him with any questions too.

5) Altar boys & families are invited to join Fr. Tom & Ted for a Lake County Captains Game on Tuesday, June 13th @ 6:00 p.m. We will be attending a "faith night" which is specifically for Church youth groups. RSVP by Sunday, May 21st, and see Ted with any questions.


Junior Greek Dancers will be meeting on Sundays for one hour after OE through June 4th . 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 have begun their 2023 practices. Practice sessions will begin after OE classes and will last one hour. There will be no practices on 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.


Open coffee hour dates are available from the end of May onwards.  Please call the church office or send an email to to ask about your preferred day. 


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:

  • 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


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).


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 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

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

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

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.