Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-04-28
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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.

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April 28, 2024

MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:    9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:     Philippians 4:4-9
GOSPEL:      John 12:1-8  
GREEK TEXT: p. 200 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Anna Tsagaris
PANGARI:    Team A: Steve Demetriou III, Costa Sarris, Jack Ramsey 
ORTHODOX ED: Palm Sunday
OE: High school Class - 5:00 p.m. 
PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON: after service                       
BRIDEGROOM SERVICE: 6:30 p.m.                                 
CONFESSIONS: 8:00 p.m.




Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,

'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


Wisdom of the Fathers

But observe the wisdom of the Evangelist, how he is not ashamed to parade their former ignorance. That it was written they knew, that it was written of Him they knew not. For it would have offended them if He being a King were about to suffer such things, and be so betrayed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century


This Week



MATINS:      8:15 a.m.
LITURGY:    9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE:     Philippians 4:4-9
GOSPEL:      John 12:1-8  
GREEK TEXT: p. 200 (black book)
PROSFORA:  Anna Tsagaris
PANGARI:    Team A: Steve Demetriou III, Costa Sarris, Jack Ramsey 
ORTHODOX ED: Palm Sunday
OE: High school Class - 5:00 p.m. 
PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON: after service                       

BRIDEGROOM SERVICE: 6:30 p.m.                                 
CONFESSIONS: 8:00 p.m.


*note: due to a publishing glitch, this section may not be displayed in its usual section. We are including it here to make sure it's not left out of this week's bulletin.



Mon, Apr. 29th         - 7:00 p.m.  Bridegroom Service
                                - 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous
                                -  8:30 p.m. - Confessions
Tues, Apr. 30th       - 7:00 p.m.  Bridegroom Service
                               -  8:30 p.m. - Confessions 
Weds, May 1st        -  6:45 a.m. - Presanctified Liturgy
                                -  9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Bible study
                               -  4:00 p.m. - Holy Unction
                                - 7:00 p.m. - Matins of Holy Thursday
Thurs, May 2nd       - 9:30 a.m. - Vespers  & Liturgy
                                - 7:00 p.m. -  Service of 12 Gospels
7:30 p.m. - Zoom Book Discussion
Fri, May 3rd             -  9:30 a.m. - Royal Hours
                                9:30 a.m. - Good Friday Retreat
                               -  3:00 p.m. - Vespers 
7:00 p.m. - Epitaphios Service

Sat, May 4th          - 9:30 a.m. - Vespers & Liturgy
                                 - 11:00 p.m. - Vigil

Sun, May 5th           - 12:15 a.m.  - Liturgy
                                - 12:00 p.m. - Family Worship
/ Student Sunday
                                - 12:00 p.m. - Agape Vespers


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. 28th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Apr. 28th:


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.


The Sts. Constantine Helen Philoptochos Easter Bake Sale pickup date is TODAY, Sunday April 28th after Divine Liturgy. Please note only pre-paid orders will be filled. Thank you for supporting the charitable work of Philoptochos!


Please join us after the Divine Liturgy today for a delicious luncheon prepared by George Stathopoulos, Matt Fikaris, Paul Fikaris, Chris Anton, Dimitris Kalafatis, Alex Fikaris and Sam Fikaris. Lunch selections are fish ($15) or pasta ($5). The cost of the food is underwritten, therefore, all proceeds benefit the Church. Sponsors are Chris and Susan Anton, Bill & Jill Fanos, Alex & Paula Kappos, George & Laura Kappos, Vanessa Pasiadis & Dennis Giancola, Jack Ramsey & Anna Vedouras, Michael & Fran Vento and Dick & Anna Warren.  Dessert for the luncheon is being provided by the Sikoutris families in memory of of David Irwin, Angelo and Stephen Sikoutris. Thank you for your support. CARRY OUT IS AVAILABLE.


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).


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.


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!!


Greek School will be on break during Holy Week. We will start again on May 6th and run until May 18th.  


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.


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!


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 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.


First quarter 2024 reports have been sent out. These cover donations made from Jan 1 - Mar 31st of this year. If you didn’t receive yours, please contact the office and indicate if you’d prefer email or a printed copy.


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.


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


Kefi, the new dance group for young adult dancers, will hold its first practice on May 15, at 7:30 pm in the Cathedral Center.  Spread the word.


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) 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!

3) GOYA has been invited to a local Orthodox youth dance hosted bySt. George Antiochian Church, Cleveland  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:

4) GOYA will join Philoptochos for a special "Mother's Day" visit to Zelma George Family Shelter on Friday, May 24th @ 6:00 p.m. Details are still being worked out, but see Ted or a member of Philoptochos for more information.


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:


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!


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

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 1st Tone

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the 4th Tone

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, "Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam."