Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-04-21
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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 21, 2024


MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:     9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:      Hebrews 9:11-14
GOSPEL:       Mark 10:31-45  
GREEK TEXT: p. 196 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Jack Ramsey
PANGARI:    Team D:  George E Loucas, Maria Misthos, Angelo Savakis/William Raybuck 
ORTHODOX ED: Classroom Learning; Clergy: Grades 2-3, 7-8
COFFEE HOSTS: Parish Council 



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back - it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Wisdom of the Fathers

But let no man be troubled at the apostles being in such an imperfect state. For not yet was the cross accomplished, not yet the grace of the Spirit given. But if thou wouldest learn their virtue, notice them after these things, and thou wilt see them superior to every passion.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century


This Week


Mon, Apr. 22nd        6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
Tues, Apr. 23rd       - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance
Weds, Apr. 24th      -  8:30 a.m. - Pilgrimage to St Gregory Palamas
                                -  9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Bible study
                                - 6:00 p.m. - Greek School - adult
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice
Thurs, Apr. 25th      - 5:00 p.m. - Greek School – Youth
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Zoom Book Discussion
Fri, Apr. 26th           - 6:00 pm - GOYA Palm Folding
Sat, Apr. 27th         - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (Sat of Lazaros)
                                - 4:00 p.m. - Confessions
                                 - 5:00 p.m. - Vespers
(& Confessions)
Sun, Apr. 28th          - 8:15 a.m. - Matins
                                - 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy
                                - 9:30 a.m. - Orthodox Ed.: Palm Sunday
                                - 5:00 p.m.  - Orthodox Ed. High school Class
                                - 6:30 p.m. - Bridegroom Service
                                  - 8:00 p.m. - Confessions


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. 21st:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Apr. 21st:


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.


A Parish (General) Assembly has been scheduled for this Sunday, April 21, at 11:30 AM. Please plan to join us after services conclude.


We have now concluded the Spring session. Please join us again in the Fall for more presentations/discussions. 


The annual pilgrimage to St Gregory Palamas Monastery will take place on Wednesday, April 24th. The group travels in carpools; after the Presanctified 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 Sts. Constantine Helen Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale is now underway. Orders are due by TODAY, 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!


  • Floral wreath for the Stavromeno (Crucified Christ) - $250
  • Floral wreath for Resurrection icons (2) - $100 each


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 annual Palm Sunday Luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 28. There will be a choice of fish or pasta.   The cost of the food is underwritten, therefore, all proceeds benefit the Church.  Please plan to attend immediately following the Divine Liturgy.


Donations of red Easter Eggs in quantaties of 5 dozen or more would be welcome. Please let Fr Stephen know if you plan to donate (



Stop by Mitchell's Fine Chocolates, receive 15% off Easter candy and Mitchell's will donate 25% of parish sales to Philoptochos. Mitchell's Fine Chocolates is located just down the street at 2285 Lee Road Cleveland Heights 44118. They are open M-Th 10am-7pm, Fri and Sat 10am-8pm and Sundays until Easter 12-5pm. 216 932-3200.


Your help is needed to prepare the flowers for the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, May 3 beginning at 10:00 am.  We will share a potluck luncheon. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you can.  No experience necessary!! Please bring a pair of clippers and a friend.  Call Paula Kappos (440-724-1900) or Anna Warren (216-287-6890) with any questions.


The Sts. Constantine and Helen Great and Holy Friday Retreat will be held on Friday, May 3, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Families are invited, but not required, to join their children for the Royal Hours Service at 9:30 a.m. and the Vespers Service at 3:00 p.m. Students and volunteers may register by visiting before Sunday, April 28, 2024. Please contact Ted Cherpas at with any questions.


Help is needed to set up the luminary display to light the path of the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, May 3rd. Please come and help Friday morning at 10:30 am - no experience necessary.  Please contact James Cherpas to let us know if you can help or if you have any questions ( or 216-534-0395).  Thanks for your help!!


Sunshine Group, our next lunch is May 9 at Pickles and Pints in Willoughby.  We will meet at 1 pm.  Address:  36200 Euclid Ave.  Please call, text or email Maria Cashy at 216-390-2294 or if you can attend.  Everyone is welcome to join us!


The Philoptochos of Sts. Constantine and Helen is hosting a fabulous Wine and Chocolate tasting evening on Saturday May 11th at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Five of our parishioners will present their favorite wines under $20. Enjoy wine, charcuterie and delicious homemade chocolates and desserts. Come celebrate Mother's Day and support the charitable work of Philoptochos! Tickets can be purchased online and in the church lobby. Advance tickets $30. Non-alcoholic tickets $20 and day of the event $35


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!


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


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. Deadline: April 28



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 Half of all spots are currently filled, so please act fast! 

2) 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.

3) 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!

4) GOYA has been invited to a local Orthodox youth dance hosted by St. George Antiochian Church, Cleveland (2587 W 14th St, Cleveland, 44113) on Saturday, May 18th from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. You must order tickets by Bright Monday, May 6th. To participate, use the QR code on the youth bulletin board or visit:


Philoptochos is collecting items for the residents of the Zelma George Family Center.  The items needed are towels, washcloths, bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene supplies, black hair products, socks (all sizes) and underwear (all sizes). Please place your donations in the brown donation box by June 23. Thank you.


Thank you to those who have responded to our request for coffee hosts. We now have a SignUp Genius page that shows available dates and allows you to directly choose your day. Visit it here to help fill the calendar:


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.


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).


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


The Chios Society - Cleveland Ch. 7 - offers scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors who have at least one parent or grandparent, of Chian decent.  To obtain an application, please go to the chapter's website,  For more information, contact Marko Fikaris (216-848-2200).


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us, the faithful, give praise and worship to the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit and born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of his own will he mounted the cross in the flesh, suffered death, and raised the dead by his glorious resurrecti

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal 4th Tone

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

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 2nd Tone

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.