Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-03-24
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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 24, 2024


MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:     9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:      Romans 13:11-14, 14:1-4
GOSPEL:       John 1:43-51  
GREEK TEXT: p. 188 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Katina Nicolacakis
PANGARI:    Team D:  George E Loucas, Maria Misthos, Angelo Savakis/William Raybuck 
ORTHODOX ED: Classroom Learning / Icon Procession 
, St Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral 


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. 4th Tone. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Reading is from John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Peter, when after so many miracles and such high doctrine he confessed that, "Thou art the Son of God" (Matt. xvi. 16), is called "blessed," as having received the revelation from the Father;
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on John 1, 1. B#58, pp. 72, 73, 4th Century

... while Nathanael, though he said the very same thing before seeing or hearing either miracles or doctrine, had no such word addressed to him, but as though he had not said so much as he ought to have said, is brought to things greater still.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on John 1, 1. B#58, pp. 72, 73, 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Mar. 25th          - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (at Annunciation, W14th)
6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                  7:00 p.m. - Compline
                                  - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Mar. 26th         - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Mar. 27th        - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                  - 7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice
Thurs, Mar. 28th        - 5:00 p.m. - Greek School – Youth
                                  - 7:30 p.m. - Zoom Prayer Group
Fri, Mar. 29th             -  7:00 p.m. - Salutations Service
Sat, Mar. 30th            - 9:30 a.m. - Greek School - Youth
                                  - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Mar. 31st           - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                  - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
- 9:30 a.m. - Orthodox Ed.: Classroom Learning
                                 - 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial: Argyro Bogiantzis


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. 24th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar. 24th:


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 Ted Cherpas will be speaking on the topic "Kardiotissa Icon - A Modern Miracle". See you at the Forum!


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.


This 1960 classic film, set in the Greek port city of Piraeus and starring Melina Mercouri, will be showing today, March 24th at 3:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Cinematheque; 11610 Euclid Ave. The movie will be introduced and discussed by film scholar and parishioner Grafton Nunes, former President + CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art. For further information, you can visit the Cinematheque website at


Please join St. Makrina Bible Study as we begin a new book- Bread and Water, Wine and Oil by Father Meletios Webber. We meet every Wednesday from 9:30-11am over Zoom. You do not have to attend every session and can contribute to the discussions as much or as little as you wish. The book can be purchased through Amazon.  Please contact Toni Madden at for the Zoom link. We encourage you to join us!


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. 


We are pleased to announce that Heidi Peters and Clay White have been selected to receive the St. Photios Award. This award is granted annually by the Metropolis of Pittsburgh to two people from each parish, nominated by the Parish Council. 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 St. Photios Awards Banquet will be held at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Cranberry in Mars, PA, on Saturday, May 18. Hors d'oeuvres at 4:00 PM,    Dinner and Awards at 5:00 PM. More information:  You are invited to join in the celebration, and may purchase tickets at the link above.



Yes, it's that time for spiritual renewal again known to us as the Great Lent. But instead of fretting about that steak you can't have for dinner or that gyro omelette you can't eat for breakfast, come "fret" with us at the Metallinos Guitar Workshop. Our next session will be held on Tuesday, April 2 at 7pm in the conference room. You can bring an instrument, or just come and listen. See you there! Please contact Dean Peters if you have any questions at or (216) 570-4537. 


Sunshine Group: We are meeting April 11 at 1 pm at Geraci’s Restaurant on Chagrin Blvd.  Please note we will be at the Chagrin location..  Let Maria know if you can attend: or 216-390-2294.


A Parish (General) Assembly has been scheduled for Sunday, April 21, at 11:30 AM.


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).


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:

  • Apr 7th - and beyond..

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


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) 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:

3) 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

4) 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.

5) Our young adult group (ages 21 - 35ish) will have its next event on Bright Wednesday, May 8th. 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. RSVP by Pascha Sunday to, and come and celebrate your Paschal joy with your Orthodox friends!


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


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 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 Orthodoxy in the 2nd Tone

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.

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

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"