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    Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH

    December 9, 2018


    ACOLYTES: Team A
    PANGARI: Team A, Marguarite Stephanopoulos, Jason Berry, Clay White
    PROSFORO: Demos Ioannou
    LIBRARY GREETERS: Elaine Joaquin and Kathy Bartzis
    GREETERS: James & Elaine Harper
    GOSPEL: Luke 13:10-17
    GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (pg.159 in black books)
    LITURGY: 9:30 am

    Epistle Reading

    Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1.
    The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.
    Verse: Oh God, hear my cry.

    The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27.

    Brethren, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.”

    Gospel Reading

    10th Sunday of Luke 
    The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

    At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

    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

    So great an evil is envy. For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.

    St. John Chrysostom

    Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

    This Week – December 10-16

    MON. 12/10
    6:30 pm – GOYA Girls Basketball
    7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

    TUE. 12/11
    6:30 pm – OPA Dance
    6:30 pm – Boys Basketball

    WED. 12/12
    9:30 am – Liturgy (St. Spyridon)
    9:30 am – St. Makrina Bible Class
    6:30 pm – Girls Basketball

    THU. 12/13
    6:30 pm – GOYA Boys Basketball

    SAT. 12/15
    9:00 am – Philoptochos Holiday Baking
    9:30 am – Liturgy (St. Eleftherios)
    10:00 am – Greek School
    6:00 pm – Chios Society Christmas Party
    5:00 pm – Vespers (& Confessions)

    SUN. 12/16
    9:30 am – Liturgy
    10:45 am – 40 Day Memorial – Mary Linkas, Wife of Pat, Mother of Jim (Sal), Christine Taylor (Rob), Yiayia of Nicholas and Melina Taylor
    10:45 am – 40 Day for Antonia Pappas-Devencenty
    10:45 am – Little Saints Reading Club
    12:00 pm – GOYA Boys Basketball


    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.


    Donations of pure olive oil for the vigil lamp on the holy Altar.

    Donations of poinsettia plants will be greatly appreciated.


    Many thanks to Katherine Kartalis, Angelique Berry & Elena Casper for decorating the Narthex for Christmas.


    The 40 days before Christmas are considered fasting days (Thanksgiving is an exception.) Give it a try! The hardest part is getting started, but then it becomes a wonderful aid to preparing for the holidays.


    CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE at the church on Saturday, December 8th at 1:30-2:00 p.m. with refreshments before heading out to Governor’s Village. If coming, please RSVP for this choir practice to orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com by December 6th.

    CAROLING at Governor’s Village at 2:25 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th

    CHRISTMAS PROGRAM on December 9th at 11:30 after OE class

    LITTLE SAINTS READING CLUB on December 16th & the 23rd


    Prayer Team – join the prayer team and keep others in your daily prayers. (Prayer Requests – If you have any prayer requests for our prayer team, please send them to peter.poulos@case.edu.)

    St. Herman’s Dinner – volunteer to help serve dinner at St. Herman’s House on Saturday, December 8th at 5:30 p.m.

    Philoptochos Holiday Baking (Thanksgiving and Christmas) – come help bake for the holidays and support a major source of income for the philanthropic arm of our church.  Baking schedule: All Saturdays in December until Christmas.  We start at 9 a.m. at the church.

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


    Everyone is invited to attend the St. Nicholas Luncheon on December 9th following the Divine Liturgy. The Orthodox Education students will present a short program prior to the luncheon. If you would like to be luncheon sponsor or honor a loved one named Nicholas, Nikki, etc., please mail a check to Fran Vento, 125 Hunting Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022. All proceeds benefit Philoptochos charities.


    The annual Pan-Orthodox Nativity Concert will take place at the St. Paul Church on Wallings Road today, Dec. 9, at 4:00 PM. Choirs from a number of Cleveland area churches of diverse backgrounds will be singing. All are invited!


    Philoptochos is collecting toys for the children living in the Zelma George Shelter. Please help us by donating new toys ($15 – 20 price range). Place unwrapped toys in the brown donation box by Wednesday, December 12. Gift wrapping will be on Sunday, Dec. 16 after OE.


    Our GOYA basketball teams have been invited to a “Holiday Basketball Tournament” on Saturday, December 15th at St. Demetrios, Rocky River. Please let either your coaches or Ted know if you are interested in participating by e-mailing tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    We will be having a HOPE & JOY field trip to the Great Lakes Science Center on Friday, December 28th. This is for all families with youth in kindergarten through 6th grade. The fee for tickets is just $5.00. Please RSVP for this no later than Wednesday, December 19th at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    Everyone is invited to celebrate the Ordination of Father Tom Drenen on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 10 am. Lunch will be served immediately following the service. Reservations will be taken every Sunday in December. Adults (Chicken Marsala) $18. Children (Rigatoni) $10. Reservations required. Call, text or email Effie Tsengas 330-283-2713, effietsengas45@gmail.com


    The Hellenic Preservation Society is hosting our first HPS Ball. Please join us for an evening of Greek dancing, food, cash bar and fun! Saturday, 12/29/18 at 7 PM at Lago East Bank, 1091 West 10th St. in downtown Cleveland. For tickets, contact Linda Glynias at 216-469-2663 or LGLYNIAS@Gmail.com. Tickets are $60/adult and $25/child.


    Philoptochos is collecting hats, mittens, and socks for Fairfax Elementary School children. Please put donations in the collection box.


    Please plan to join us for the Zelma George Shelter Party on Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.


    St. Kyranna Young Adult Cooking Class will have its next meeting on Friday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. Our guest instructor will be Cynthia Terezis who will be teaching us how to make prosfora. Please RSVP to tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    “The Footsteps of St. Paul” Pilgrimage; June 8-21, 2019 with Ted Cherpas. Depart Cleveland and visit: Thessaloniki, Phillipi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Napflion, Corinth, Athens, Samos, Ephesus, Patmos, and Santorini. For more information, see website: www.greece2019cle.com or call trip manager Jennifer Wadsworth at 612-730-2890.


    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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