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    Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH

    August 18, 2019


    PANGARI: Team A: Eftihia Tsengas, Dr. Michael Manos, Thomas Parras
    PROSFORO: Connie Tsironis
    GOSPEL: Matthew 14:22-34
    GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 111 in Black Books)
    LITURGY: 9:30 am
    MEMORIAL 10:45 am: Remembrance of the father of Father Tom Drenen (2 yrs)
    COFFEE HOUR 11:00 am:  Hosted by the Drenen Family

    Gospel and Epistle Readings

    Epistle Reading

    Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
    Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
    Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

    The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 3:9-17.

    Brethren, we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw – each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.

    Gospel Reading

    9th Sunday of Matthew 
    The Reading is from Matthew 14:22-34

    At that time, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”

    And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they entered the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

    Wisdom of the Fathers

    Christ did not command the winds to cease at that time, but Himself stretched forth His hand and took hold of Peter, because here faith was required of him. When we do not do our part, divine (grace) slows and stands still.. . . it was not the wind that did Peter harm; his lack of faith sank him. Where faith is fruitfu, firm and strong, none of the evils that may befall us can do us any harm.

    St. John Chrysostom

    The Gospel Commentary edited by Hieromonk German Ciuba, 2002, 4th Century

    This Week

    August 19 – 25

    MON. 8/19
    7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

    WED. 8/21
    9:00 am – Festival Baking, Cup Pastries
    6:30 pm – Festival Set-up

    THU. 8/22
    4:00 pm – Festival

    FRI. 8/23
    4:00 pm – Festival

    SAT. 8/24
    12:00 pm – Festival
    5:00 pm – Vespers 

    SUN. 8/25
    9:30 am: Liturgy 
    12:00 pm – Festival


    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.


    Please help spread the word about our Greek Festival by taking flyers, postcards and pamphlets to distribute to friends, neighbors, co-workers and businesses. They are available in the entry and the Fellowship Room. Thank you for your help.


    Please help set up for the festival on the following dates:
    -Set up inside- Saturday, August 17 – 10:00am
    -Set up outside – Wednesday, August 21 – 6:30pm
    Please be generous with your gift of time. Thank you in advance for your help.


    Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered for the festival.  We still have approximately 100 shifts to fill with a little over a week to go.  We ask that each parishioner donate as much time as possible. It’s easy to volunteer:
    1)  Go to stsconstantine.com. Click on Volunteer for the Festival. That will take you to SignUpGenius where you can sign up for as many shifts as you can.
    3)  Contact Anna Warren at annabell49@sbcglobal.net or 216-287-6890


    Online registration for all 2019-2020 Youth Ministry Programs (HOPE/JOY, GOYA, Young Adults) are now live. Any families interested in participating in our various youth groups are encouraged to sign up to receive communications for the next school year. Contact Ted Cherpas for the links or with any questions. This must be completed by Sunday, September 1st.


    Our annual GOYA kickoff party will take place on Sunday, September 15th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. We will have plenty of food, friends, and fun! We will also discuss the our plans and ideas for the upcoming year of youth ministry. Kindly RSVP to Ted.


    First day of OE class will be September 15th. All those who have registered the last two years will be automatically renewed, unless the youngest has graduated. New members, those not registered before, incoming preschool children and those whose information has changed please do complete a registration form, so you are not forgotten. Dates for registration will be September 8th & 15th.


    St. Kyranna Cooking Class for young adults ages 21 – 35(ish) will have its next meeting on Friday, September 20th @ 7:00 p.m. Our guest instructor will be Jasmim Frangos, and we’ll be making melitzanes imam biyald. Fellowship with wine & board games will follow after class. RSVP to Ted at tcherpas@stsconstantine.com.


    First day for 1st-6th grades is September 21st. Schedules will be available at the OE registration table. The Preschool/Kindergarten class will begin Monday, October 7th.


    9/22 Pancake Breakfast

    10/5 Presidents Lunch – Shaker Heights Country Club

    11/7 Open Hearts and Wallets Fundraiser


    Lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sunday, 9/29/2019 at 2:00 PM. “Dangerous Beauty:  Medusa in Classical Art”.  Free: reservations required 216.421.7350 or engage.clevelandart.org beginning 8/1/2019.  Contact Renee Steffas hygienist83@yahoo.com or 216.287.5628, Bea Meros 440.449.5035 or Linda Glynias lglynias@gmail.com or 216-469-2663 for more information about the Hellenic Preservation Reception following the Lecture.


    Orthodoxy on Tap for young adults ages 21 – 35(ish) will next take place on Friday, October 4th. Our guest speaker is TBA, but our location is confirmed for Annuncation, Akron. Mark your calendars from now, and send any questions to Ted by e-mailing: gorealcleveland@gmail.com.


    Mark your calendars from now for a young adult retreat for ages 21 – 35(ish) at Camp Nazareth on October 25th – October 27th. Keynote speaker and theme are still TBA, but information will be published on acrod.org as it becomes available. See Ted with any questions.


    Boys wishing to help in the Holy Altar must be at least 10 years old, willing to commit to regular attendance and willing to attend a training workshop on a date TBA. Please give your name and contact info to either Fr. Stephen or to Ted Cherpas.


    We are in need of volunteers to host Coffee Hour. The dates available are: Sept. 1, 8, 22, 29 . 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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