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    June 17, 2018


    PANGARI: Team D, Richard Warren, William Chevako, Gus Kallergis
    PROSFORO: Anna Tsagaris
    LIBRARY GREETERS: Popie Papouras and Nellie Baltazzi
    GREETERS: George and Lyne Stamatis
    GOSPEL: Matthew 6:22-33
    GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (pg. 99)
    LITURGY: 9:30 am
    COFFEE HOUR: Coffee Only

    Epistle Reading

    Prokeimenon. Second Mode. 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 Romans 5:1-10.

    Brethren, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man — though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

    Gospel Reading

    3rd Sunday of Matthew
    The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33

    The Lord said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

    Hymns of the Day

    Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal Fourth Mode

    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)

    Wisdom of the Fathers

    For God, He said, gave us understanding, that we might chase away all ignorance, and have the right judgment of things, and that using this as a kind of weapon and light against all that is grievous or hurtful, we might remain in safety. But we betray the gift for the sake of things superfluous and useless.

    St. John Chrysostom

    Homily 20 and 21 on Matthew 6, 4th Century

    This Week

    June 18, 2018 – June 24, 2018

    MON. 6/18
    9:00 am – Festival Baking – Make Crema & Assemble Pastitsio/Clip and Stack Grape Leaves
    6:30 pm – Junior & Senior Hellenic Dance Practice
    7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

    TUES. 6/19
    9:00 am – Festival Baking – Steam, Clip & Stack Grape Leaves (if needed)
    6:30 pm – OPA Dance

    WED. 6/20
    6:30 pm – Junior & Senior Hellenic Dance Practice

    THU. 6/21
    7:00 pm – Daughters of Penelope Meeting
    7:00 pm – St. John Chant Class

    SAT. 6/23
    9:00 am – Festival Baking – Make Meat Filling for Dolmathes
    5:00 pm – Vespers (& Confessions)

    SUN. 6/24
    9:30 am – Liturgy
    11:00 am – Coffee Hour – Coffee only


    1) Orthodox Education students & teachers.
    2) Elderly & people with disabilities.
    3) Parents with infants being carried in arms.
    4) The rest of the congregation and visitors wishing to receive will be dismissed row by row from front to back.

    Only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive sacraments.


    Festival time is drawing near, so we ask that you please bring in your donations. Clean out that garage, the attic, the basement, those closets and other storage spaces. We accept just about everything except clothing, furniture and tube televisions. Please bring your items to Church and bring them into the rear doors by the Flea Market. Call 216-932-3300 during normal office hours for assistance in dropping off items. Thank You!


    Monday, June 11th-Friday, June 15th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is Vacation Church School, Registration fee is $12 per child. Please RSVP asap to orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com


    Senior Hellenic Dancers practice will be on Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm. Young people turning 13 in 2018 are eligible to join the group.


    The Greater Cleveland area Greek Orthodox parishes will be going to Cedar Point for a “Greek Day” on Tues., June 26. Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased online. Group transportation and carpools will be available. Any questions may be directed to Ted Cherpas at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    Join our Festival Baking group as we prepare foods and pastries for our Greek Festival. We meet each Monday at 9:00 am beginning June 4th. Lunch is always an enjoyable occasion to celebrate a “job well done”. Sometimes we finish by lunch depending on the number of helpers and the difficulty of the item we are making.  Feel free to contact Aggie Goss for more information at (440) 526-6313 or aggiegoss@yahoo.com. Experience is NOT required. PLEASE JOIN US – and bring a friend!


    The St. John Byzantine Chant Class will have a 4-class “summer session” beginning on Thursday, June 14th. No musical background is required, and you are welcome to attend even if you have not participated before. For more details contact Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    The 5th Annual St. Herman Golf Classic will take place Monday, June 18th at a new location, The Tanglewood Club in Chagrin Falls. If you would like to play and/or be a sponsor, please contact Dick Warren (216-287-6886). Details are on the bulletin board.


    Prayer Requests – If you have any prayer requests for our prayer team, please send them to peter.poulos@case.edu.

    Prayer Team – join the newly formed prayer team and keep others in your daily prayers.

    Salvation Army Children’s Event – volunteer to help with a cookie craft event for the Zelma George Family Shelter. The event is on Sunday June 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    St. Herman’s Dinner – volunteer to help serve dinner at St. Herman’s House on Saturday June 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

    Bible Study – come and discuss the Book of Acts Chapters 6-8 at the next Men and Women’s Bible Study on Wednesday June 27 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Church.

    Contact peter.poulos@case.edu to RSVP for any of these activities or if you have questions.


    An Orthodox youth conference hosted by the Serbian Orthodox Church will be here in Cleveland from June 20th – 24th. This overnight event will occur at Baldwin-Wallace College. Our GOYAns are welcome to attend, and parish scholarship are available for the $175 tuition. For more information or to sign up contact Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    “Greek Day at Kennywood” will be Tue., July 24th. This is a great chance to connect with your friends from Camp Nazareth or from basketball tournaments. If there is enough interest we will have a carpool. Send RSVPs and any questions to Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    The St. Kyranna Cooking Class will have its next meeting on Monday, July 30th. Mother Theadelphi of Eisodia Skete will teach us how to make Lent-friendly mujedra to help us fast during the first 15 days of August.  For more information or to sign up contact Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.     


    The junior dance group (ages 8-12) performs classic Greek dances during the Festival (6 performances). The group practices twice a week (Mon. and Wed. evenings 6:30-8:30pm) during the summer months. If you have a child who is interested in joining the Junior Hellenic Dancers, please contact Anastasia White 216-570-0988 or Maria Kallergis 216-570-6306 as soon as possible. Children turning 8 by Dec 2018 are welcome to participate. Practices will begin in mid-June.


    We are in need of volunteers to host Coffee Hour. Gather a group of old friends and spend Sunday morning after church getting to know and welcome new friends. All you need are donuts, the ability to pour a cup of coffee and a smiling face!!! The dates available are: June 24, July 8, 15, 22. Please call the Church Office at (216) 932-3300 to sign up. Thank you.


    Information on the Orthodox Churches of Greater Cleveland:


    The congregation is asked to sing together the responses to the litanies after the Great Entrance (pp. 33-37) and after the Holy Anaphora (pp. 51-53).


    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.

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