Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-03-03
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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


March 3, 2024


MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:     9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:      I Corinthians 6:12-20
GOSPEL:       Luke 15:11-32  
GREEK TEXT: p. 174 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Paula Kappos
PANGARI:    Team A: Steve Demetriou III, Costa Sarris, Jack Ramsey
ORTHODOX ED: Family Worship Sunday / Student Church Learning/Godparent Sunday 
MEMORIALS:  · Charles Hliatzos (6 Months) 
                       · Dimitrius “Jimmy” Hliatzos (2 Years)
COFFEE HOUR: Hosted by the Hliatzos family


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 First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ...
St. John Chrysostom

... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom


This Week


Mon, Mar. 4th            6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                  - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Mar. 5th           - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
                                  - 7:00 p.m. - Metallinos Guitar workshop
Weds, Mar. 6th          - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                  - 7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice
Thurs, Mar. 7th          - 5:00 p.m. - Greek School – Youth
                                  - 7:30 p.m. - Zoom Prayer Group
Fri, Mar. 8th               - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  (40 Martyrs)
                                  - 5:00 p.m. - FISH FRY 
Sat, Mar. 9th              - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  (Sat of Souls)
- 9:30 a.m. - Greek School - Youth
                                  - 2:00 p.m.  - Philoptochos Tea
                                  - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
                                  - 6:00 p.m. - St. Kyranna Cooking Class
Sun, Mar. 10th           Daylight Savings Time begins
                                  - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                  - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                                  - 9:30 a.m. - Orthodox Ed: Classroom Learning
                                  - MEMORIALS: 
· Harry Nolidis - 1 year 
· Tulip Karavolos - 1 year
· Guy Kyriakos Rodon -  8 years 


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 Mar. 3rd:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar. 3rd:


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.


Please join us in the conference room at 11:30 am this Sunday, when Dr. Cynthia Terezis will speak on the topic "An Orthodox Perspective on Death: Friend or Enemy?”.  See you at the Forum!


Godparent Sunday, March 3rd

On this special day, we acknowledge the role of our godparents in strengthening our bond to Christ and the church.  We encourage you to receive communion together on this day.  We will also have a professional photographer available to take complimentary family pictures during coffee hour. Please sign up:


Due to a mixup at the printer, our annual Bible Guides are only just now available. If you would like one, please check at the pangari booth or by the entrance.


- It's Bouzouki Time!

Please join us for the MGW session on Tuesday, March 5, 7 pm, in the church conference room. In honor of Greek Independence Day in March, we will be hosting Canton-based bouzouki player Stefanos Makris, who will demonstrate his instrument for us. Please contact Dean Peters if you have any questions at or (216) 570-4537. 


The Senior Hellenic Dancers will begin Sunday practices on March 3rd. Practice sessions will begin after OE classes and will last one hour. Young people who turn thirteen in 2024 are welcome to join the group. See Pres. Christina Callos or Ted with any questions.


St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Church Presents a free public lecture series: “Blessed Are Those…” This is the final presentation that explores the Beatitudes given by Christ in Matthew 5:3-12 (part of the Sermon on the Mount). 

  • March 6, 2024: The Peacemakers. The Persecuted.

All presentations given by Fr. Matthew Thurman at 7:00 p.m. at 18046 Chillicothe Rd, Bainbridge, OH 44023
For more information: Email: or call (440) 384-3285


A Thank you Tea for all Philoptochos members and prospective members on Saturday March 9th 2-4pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for tea, food, fun and special guest speaker, Dr. Nikolaos Skubas.This event is free but please RSVP by March 2nd to Victoria - or Anne - 440 465-6014 call/text


The Junior Hellenic Dancers will begin Sunday practices on March 10th.  Practices will begin after OE classes and will last one hour.  Young people who turn seven in 2024 are welcome to join the group.  Please call Elena Willis with any questions (216-225-7469).


Sunshiners, if you haven't yet then mark your calendars now. In March, we will be going to the Fish Fry on FRIDAY, March 15!


A big Thank You to everyone who has come out to help make the Fish Fry a resounding success! Our Community Fish Fry began Friday, February 16th and will be going thru Friday, March 22nd. Hours are 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. General help is still needed for servers, order takers, runners and kitchen. Please follow the Sign Up Genius link to volunteer to help:


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will hold home-style Lenten fish fries every Friday from February 16th through March 29th in Cleveland’s historic Tremont neighborhood.  Doors open from 5 PM – 8 PM.   Dinners include Beer Battered Fried Whitefish with french fries, coleslaw, & hush puppies ($15) and Baked Atlantic Cod with rice, mixed vegetables, & dinner roll ($13).  Homemade mac & cheese, homemade clam chowder, pierogies, fish tacos, drinks (beer, wine, pop & water) and desserts will also be available.  Sit down and to go available.  All proceeds will support the ministries of the church and its community.  2187 W. 14th Street Cleveland Ohio 44113


Why not make it your new year's resolution to help continue our Sunday Morning Greeting Tradition? All it requires is a warm smile, a handshake, and the fun of meeting and welcoming new friends in the community. We only ask that you volunteer your time at least one Sunday every few months to serve as a greeter before and during the liturgy. Below is a “Sign Up Genius” link with preset dates to schedule with ease. Most of you should be familiar with this process from staffing our church festival. Please feel free to reach out to Vanessa Pasiadis with questions. Her email address is: and the Sign Up Link can be found at


Put your faith into action and help Philoptochos collect items for ZOE for Life! to distribute to mothers who come to ZOE House for material items for their babies.  The items needed are baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby wash, baby washcloths, baby towels, receiving blankets, and diapers newborn size and sizes 3-6.  Please place your donations in the brown donation box by March 17.  Please contact Anna Warren with any questions.  Thank you. 


The Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of the Great Fast. A celebration of this triumph of our Faith will take place on the evening of 24 March 2024, at 4:00pm. This service of Great Vespers will be hosted by Saint Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral (OCA), located at 733 Starkweather Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113. His Eminence, the Most Reverend Nicolae, Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Americas, will preside as well as offer the homily.


1) Registration for the 2024 GOYA Spring Retreat @ Camp Nazareth is now live: The event will be March 8th - 10th. Fr. Constantin Ursache will speak on "Being Prepared for Our Lenten Journey." 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. 

2) St. Kyranna Cooking Class will have its next event on Saturday, March 9th @ 6:00 p.m. Perry Zohos & George Kappos III will be our co-hosts. Our theme will be "Octopus/Seafood." Participants are encouraged to also attend Great Vespers beforehand @ 5:00 p.m. Kindly RSVP to Ted by Monday, March 4th.

3) HOPE/JOY families are invited to, "Coco, Cocoa, and Koliva!" on Saturday, March 16th from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will attend the Divine Liturgy (2nd Sat of Souls), enjoy a community meal, watch the movie Coco, and then make our own koliva while learning the history and meaning of this tradition. Kindly RSVP to Ted by Monday, March 11th.

4) A regional HOPE/JOY (K - 6th grade) retreat will be hosted here at Sts. Constantine & Helen on Saturday, April 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This year's theme will be, "The Sundays of the Triodion."  Register your participant(s) at: Contact Ted with any questions or to volunteer!

5) Registration for the 2024 Young Adult Retreat @ Camp Nazareth is now live. The event will be April 12th - 14th. Fr. Jonathan Tobias will speak on, "Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?" To sign up or for more information, visit:


Since 1965, the  John M Manos, Cleveland, AHEPA Chapter #36 Scholarship Fund (a 501 (c)(3) organization) has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors of Greek descent. Applicants must be a resident of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Summit, Medina or Lake County. Scholarships are awarded upon merit. Contact Alex Rokakis for a scholarship application at Scholarship applications must be completed by May 4, 2024, and will be awarded no later than June 1, 2024.


The 2024 Metropolis of Pittsburgh St. Photios Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, May 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry.  Each parish is invited to name two living individuals to receive this award (no posthumous recipients). 

Consider men and women who have served the community in previously unsung ways, not choosing those who have already been honored for their Church service (such as Archons, St. Paul Medal recipients, or prior St. Photios awardees). Suggestions for this year's St Photios Award may be sent to or to

Past Awardees-- 2023- Emily Scocos (+2023) & Mike Vasilakes (+2023); 2022 (2020)- Dick Warren & Irene Theodore (+2022); 2019- George Kappos & Chris Tartara; 2018- Elaine Joaquin & Mary Lambert; 2017- Anna Warren & Katherine Kartalis; 2016- Emily Miklis & James Huebner; 2015- Helen Carbon (+2018) & Paul Fikaris; 2014- Agnes Goss & Bill Mavrakis


OPA Dance is back! We invite all to join us for dancing and parea. OPA meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  


Our parish strives "To lead people to God through Orthodox Christianity and to provide ways for them live and share God's love."  It does so in good days and in bad. Any financial help that you might offer is, as always, deeply appreciated.


In the Fall, we zoomed together to read "Prayer: Encounter with the Living God", and discovered a desire to read and discuss praying for our departed loved ones and grieving our losses. We plan to meet again to read and discuss "Memory Eternal: Living with Grief as Orthodox Christians", by Sarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin; a chaplain, bereavement counselor and St. Vladimir graduate.

The group will meet weekly over Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:30-8:30 pm starting January 11th. If interested, contact Cynthia Terezis at to be added to the Zoom email invite. 


Thank you to those who have responded to our request for coffee hosts - we have filled all the dates for the first months of the year! We now have only the following dates to cover for the weeks ahead:

  • Mar 24th
  • Mar 31st - and beyond..

Please email or call Sade in the church office at 216 932-3300 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 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 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 3rd Tone

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."