Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-04-07
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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


April 7, 2024


MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:     9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:      Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6
GOSPEL:       Mark 8:34-38; 9:1  
GREEK TEXT: p. 190 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Aimee Regas
PANGARI:    Team B: Jason Berry, Eftihia Nunes, George Stamatis 
ORTHODOX ED: Family Worship / Student Sunday 
CHRISMATION: 10:30 a.m. - Andrea Vento
BLESSING:   10:45 a.m. - 40Day Blessing : Aria Szczepinski
COFFEE HOUR: hosted by the Memory Eternal bereavement group



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. And he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me." Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

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 Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6.

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."


Wisdom of the Fathers

The key to knowledge is the humility of Christ. The door of the Kingdom of Heaven is open, not to those who only know in their learned minds the mysteries of faith and the commandments of their Creator, but to those who have progressed far enough to live by them.
St. Bede the Venerable
Unknown, 8th century


This Week


Mon, Apr. 8th           Office Closed
                                - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Compline
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Apr. 9th          - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Apr. 10th       -  9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Bible study
                                - 6:00 p.m. - Presantified Litury (& Potluck)
                                - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice
Thurs, Apr. 11th      - 5:00 p.m. - Greek School – Youth
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Memory Eternal bereavement group
Fri, Apr. 12th           - 7:00 p.m. - Salutations Service
Sat, Apr. 13th          - 9:30 a.m. - Greek School - Youth
                                - 4:00 p.m. - Confessions
                                  - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers
(& Confessions)
Sun, Apr. 14th          - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                                - 9:30 a.m. - Orthodox Ed.: Classroom Learning; Clergy: Grades PK-1, 4-6


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 Apr. 7th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Apr. 7th:


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 our speaker will be Dr. Dena Magoulias on the topic "Good Samaritan". See you at the Forum!


The annual pilgrimage to St Gregory Palamas Monastery will take place on Wednesday, April 24th. The group travels in carpools; after the Liturgy it has lunch with the monks.

To join the carpool, please contact Fr. Stephen by April 22 at (216-932-3300 x6) or In any case, if you plan to attend please let Fr. Stephen know, because we need to inform the monastery as to how many will be in attendance.


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!


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.



Philoptochos is sponsoring a Memorial Service for Mother's Day to honor our Mothers, Grandmothers and Godmothers who have departed. Everyone is invited to submit the names of their loved ones who are no longer with us. Father will be reading the names during a service on Sunday May 19, 2024 (Memorial services are not conducted the week after Easter). If you would like to make a donation to Philoptohos, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please mail names to: Sts. Constantine & Helen Philoptochos c/o Kathy Cramer 3352 Mayfield Rd. Cleve Hts. OH 44118; or email names to Please put Mother's Day in the subject line, and  submit names before May 12, 2024


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 day:

  • April 20

Any amount of time you can spare is appreciated.


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


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 Memory Eternal Bereavement Discussion Group would like to invite everyone to meet and brainstorm ideas about developing a bereavement group. We would like to determine the needs of our community, what functions such a group might provide, and how these needs might be met. We invite you to share your ideas!

If interested, please contact Sade at the Church office with your name and email. If there is enough interest and participation, a summary of our brainstorming meetings can be brought to Fr Stephen and the Church Board for further discussion.


This long-awaited exhibit will open at the Cleveland Museum of Art on April 14. It contains some items from the Monastery of St Catherine in the Sinai. A free lecture discussing the exhibit will be given by Dr. Kristen Windmuller-Luna April 17, at 5 pm in Gartner Auditorium. The speaker will be introduced by CWRU doctoral student and our choir member Luke Hester. For more information and to reserve tickets visit


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) Sts. 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. Summer Camp registration is now live at 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 host the potluck supper after the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday, April 17th. Each family is asked to bring a Lenten item to share. Sub-Deacon Sam Harmon will visit to teach us about the structure of Orthodox Churches compared to other traditions. Contact Ted with any questions.

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.


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 the following dates to cover for the weeks ahead:

  • Apr 14th 
  • May 5th and beyond.. 

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


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!


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


Hymns of the Day

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 Sun. of the Holy Cross in the 1st Tone

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

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!"