Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-03-17
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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 17, 2024


MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:     9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:      Romans 13:11-14, 14:1-4
GOSPEL:       Matthew 6:14-21  
GREEK TEXT: p. 182 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Stellanie Butcher
PANGARI:    Team C: Bill Chevako, Tom Parras, Marguarite Stephanopoulos 
ORTHODOX ED: Classroom Learning 
MEMORIALS:  · 40 Day Memorial: Alyssa Raybuck
                       · 9 Year Memorial: Dr. Nick Terezis, father of Cynthia Terezis (Bill Kerner), Papou of Christina & Nicholas Kerner 
COFFEE HOUR: Hosted by the Raybuck families and GOYA in memory of Alyssa Raybuck


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eighth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:11-18

At that time, Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus has lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni," which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and she told them that He had said these things to her.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation.
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
Unknown, 18th century


This Week


Mon, Mar. 18th          - CLEAN MONDAY
6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                  7:00 p.m. - Great Compline
                                  - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Mar. 19th         - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Mar. 20th        - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                  6:00 pm - Presanctified Liturgy (& Potluck) 
                                  - 7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice
Thurs, Mar. 21st        - 5:00 p.m. - Greek School – Youth
                                  - 7:30 p.m. - Zoom Prayer Group
Fri, Mar. 22nd             - 5:00 p.m. - FISH FRY 
                                  -  7:00 p.m. - Salutations Service
Sat, Mar. 23rd            - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  (Sat of Souls)

                                   - 9:30 a.m. - Orthodox Ed: 3rd Saturday of Souls service / confession
- 9:30 a.m. - Greek School - Youth
                                  10:30 a.m. - St. Theodore Reception
                                  - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Mar. 24th           - 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 Mar. 17th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar. 17th:


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.


Our speaker this Sunday will be Clay White on the topic “St. Patrick and the Shamrock: Finding Your Emerald Isle in a World of Suffering”.  See you at the Forum!


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.


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 - and beyond..

Please email or call Sade in the church office at 216 932-3300 to ask about your preferred day. 


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


Sunshine Group: For the month of April, we will be getting together on 4/11. Look for more details in next week’s bulletin. Call or email Maria Cashy if you have questions at or 216-390-2294.


The Senior Hellenic Dancers began 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.


The Junior Hellenic Dancers began 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).


In the Fall, we discovered a desire to read and discuss a book on praying for our departed loved ones and grieving our losses. Since January, we have been zooming together to read and discuss "Memory Eternal: Living with Grief as Orthodox Christians". We have been reading the first half of the book. We have discovered a desire to read and discuss the second half: "The Memory Eternal Bereavement Group Guide".

We plan to Zoom Again to read and discuss together: "Memory Eternal: Living with Grief as Orthodox Christians" by Sarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin; a chaplain, bereavement counselor and St. Vladimir graduate. We began Zooming once weekly on March 7 to read, review and discuss on Thursday evenings at 7:30-8:30 pm, and will run through the end of April. If interested, contact Cynthia Terezis at to be added to the Zoom email invite. 


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. 


1) Sts. Constantine & Helen will provide $600 scholarships for all youth going to Camp Nazareththis summer! You will need a scholarship code prior to signing up to qualify. Contact either Fr. Stephen or Ted Cherpas for more information. Summer Camp registration will begin on Monday, March 25th @ 7:00 p.m. at Camp Nazareth can and does sell out, so please act fast! 

2) 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!

3) 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:

4) GOYA will visit St. Herman House for its Lenten service project on Saturday, April 20th. This will be our participation in the Metropolis "Weekend of Service." All youth families are encouraged to participate and help serve the meal. Send RSVPs and questions to

5) The annual GOYA Palm Folding Night will take place on Friday, April 26th 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.


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.


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


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.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Tone

You descended from on high, O merciful Lord, and accepted the three-day burial in order to free us from our passions. Glory to you, O Lord, our life and our resurrection.

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 2nd Tone

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, "O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen."