Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-03-31
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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 31, 2024


MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:     9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:      Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3
GOSPEL:       Mark 2:1-12  
GREEK TEXT: p. 188 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Jennifer Moissis
PANGARI:    Team A: Steve Demetriou III, Costa Sarris, Jack Ramsey 
ORTHODOX ED: Classroom Learning 
MEMORIAL: 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial: Argyro Bogiantzis, wife of Costas Bogiantzis (deceased), mother of Ted (Ula) Bogiantzis, Elaine (Nick) Sarris, Grandmother of Yianni Sarris, Yiannoula (Mav) Mavroidis, Argie, Kostas, Evie Bogiantzis and Great-grandmother Niko & Maria Mavroidis 
COFFEE HOUR: hosted by the families of Nick & Elaine Sarris and Ted & Ula Bogiantzis 



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14

At that time, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and He revealed Himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas, called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead. .

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 2nd Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


Wisdom of the Fathers

Take up your bed. Carry the very mat that once carried you. Change places, so that what was the proof of your sickness may now give testimony to your soundness. Your bed of pain becomes the sign of healing, its very weight the measure of the strength that has been restored to you.
St. Peter Chrysologus
Homily 50.6. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol. 2: Mark. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 27.


This Week


Mon, Apr. 1st           - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Compline
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Apr. 2nd         - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Apr. 3rd        -  9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Bible study
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Presantified Litury (& Potluck)
                                - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice
Thurs, Apr. 4th        - 5:00 p.m. - Greek School – Youth
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Zoom Prayer Group
Fri, Apr. 5th             - 7:00 p.m. - Salutations Service
Sat, Apr. 6th            - 9:30 a.m. - Greek School - Youth
                                - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Apr. 7th           - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                                - 9:30 a.m. - Orthodox Ed.: Classroom Learning


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. 31st:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Mar. 31st:


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. Our speaker will be Dr. George Tsagaris on the topic "Icons in the Orthodox Church". See you at the Forum!


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. 


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.



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. 


The Sunshine Group is meeting on April 11 at 1 pm at Geraci’s Restaurant on Chagrin Blvd.  Please note we will be at the Chagrin location. Please bring $10/pp for lunch.  We will be in a private room and having a buffet lunch. We have to have a final count by 4/7, so please let Maria know if you can attend at or 216-390-2294.  All Sunshiners are invited to attend!


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


Philoptochos will be baking in preparation for our upcoming Easter Bake Sale. Please join us for a few hours, starting at 9 a.m. on the following days:

  • April 6
  • April 20

Any amount of time you can spare is appreciated.


We are preparing the 2024 Luminaries which will be used to line the Holy Friday Epitaphios procession route. Orders will be accepted this Sunday through Palm Sunday.  All the proceeds will go towards Camp Nazareth Scholarships for our students. Your support is greatly appreciated. Scholarship requests should be directed to Fr. Stephen. For information about the luminaries please contact Anna Warren (216-287-6890).


The Sts. Constantine Helen Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale is now underway. Orders are due by April 21st. Pickup date is Sunday April 28th after Divine Liturgy. Make checks payable to Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos; write ‘bake sale’ on the envelope and mail to Philoptochos Bake Sale, 3352 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. Please note only pre-paid orders will be filled. Thank you for supporting the charitable work of Philoptochos!


1) Summer Camp registration is now live at Constantine & Helen will provide $600 scholarships for all youth going to Camp Nazareth this summer. You will need a scholarship code prior to signing up to qualify. Contact either Fr. Stephen or Ted Cherpas for more information. 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!


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 have the following dates to cover for the weeks ahead:

  • Apr 7th 
  • Apr 14th 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.  


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 2nd Tone

When you descended into death, O life immortal, you destroyed Hades with the splendor of your divinity, and when you raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers shouted: O giver of life, Christ our God, glory to you.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal 4th Tone

Light of Orthdoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics, invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory thou wonderworker, boast of Thessalonica, herald of grace: ever pray that our souls be saved.

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!"