Weekly Bulletin


Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH

February 17, 2019


PANGARI: Team C: Costa Tsatiris, George Stamatis, William Chevako
PROSFORO: Artemis Papouras
GREETERS: George and Lynne Stamatis
LIBRARY GREETERS: Pagona Sikoutris and Elaine Joaquin
COFFEE HOUR:  Hosted by Philoptochos
GOSPEL: Luke 18:10-14
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 173 in Black Books)
LITURGY: 9:30 am

Today is the first Sunday of the Triodion, the period leading into Lent. In our Tradition, there is no fasting during this coming week.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. 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 Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:

The Lord said this parable, “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode

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

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Cross Press – Brookline, MA

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)

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican. Let us cry out to the Savior, “Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled.”

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Wisdom of the Fathers

If there is a moral quality almost completely disregarded and even denied today, it is indeed humility. The culture in which we live constantly instills in us the sense of pride, of self-glorification, and of self-righteousness … Even our churches – are they not imbued with that same spirit of the Pharisee? Do we not want our every contribution, every ‘good deed,’ all the we do ‘for the Church’ to be acknowledged, praised, publicized? … How does one become humble? The answer, for a Christian, is simple: by contemplating Christ…”

Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Great Lent, pp. 19-20., 20th Century

This Week

February 18th – 24th

MON. 2/18
5:30 pm – Greek Preschool/Kindergarten
7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous

TUE. 2/19
6:30 pm – OPA Dance

WED. 2/20
5:30 pm – Greek Preschool/Kindergarten

THU. 2/21
6:30 pm – Parish Council Meeting

SAT. 2/23
10:00 am – Greek School
5:00 pm – Vespers (& Confessions)

SUN. 2/24
9:30 am – Liturgy
10:45 am – OE – Crafts for PreK-1st/Game Day for 2nd-7th & Special Speaker for 8th-12th
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.


Today is Philoptochos Membership Sunday. Philoptochos is hosting coffee hour. Philoptochos thanks our many members for their love and support. If you have not joined or renewed for 2019, please do. Thank you so much.


St. Herman’s House – volunteer to serve dinner on Saturday February 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Salvation Army Zelma George Family Shelter – participate in a cookie craft on Sunday February 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Men & Women’s Bible Study – come join the discussion on Wednesday February 27 at 7:00 p.m.  We are discussing the Book of Acts Chapters 21-24. Contact peter.poulos@case.edu if you have any questions.


February 17th–regular class
February 24th — Crafts for PreK-1st, Game Day for 2nd-7th, Special Speaker Paul Finley Director of St. Herman’s FOCUS for 8th-12th in Conference Room, (9th/10th Grades MUFFINS WITH MOM rescheduled date in Conference Room)
March 3rd —  MUFFINS WITH MOM rescheduled date for 6th/7th grades.
ORATORICAL FESTIVAL: Elementary Division 4th-6th Grades. The Junior & Senior Divisions are competitive for 7th-12th Grades at 11:30 a.m. after OE class, LITTLE SAINTS READING CLUB
March 10th — DONUTS WITH DAD for 2nd/3rd, 6th/7th & 9th/10th Grades


Annually the Metropolis of Pittsburgh honors two people from each parish, nominated by the Parish Council. Nominees are to be parishioners who have voluntarily served the parish in exemplary fashion- “men and women who have served your community in previously unsung ways, not choosing those who have already been honored for their Church service (such as Archons, St. Paul Medal recipients, or prior St. Photios awardees).”

Parishioners are asked to suggest names to either Fr. Stephen or Parish Council President George Stamatis no later than Tuesday, February 19, 5:00 PM. Previous award recipients are the following:

2018- Elaine Joaquin & Mary Lambert
2017- Anna Warren & Katherine Kartalis
2016- Emily Miklis & James Huebner
2015- Helen Carbon (+2018) & Paul Fikaris
2014- Agnes Goss & Bill Mavrakis


European Wine Tasting To Benefit IOCC. Thursday, February 28, 2019. Doors open 6:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm, tickets $50. Location: St. Michael’s, Woodside Event Center, 5025 Mill Road, Broadview Hts., OH .44147. Tickets are available thru Jim Basilion, or Bert Moyar.


Friday, March 8th starting at 5:45 Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis will speak to the teachers first and then the GOYANS. While he is speaking to the teachers, GOYANS can help serve and/or eat from the fish fry downstairs in the fellowship hall where there will also be games to play with other fellow GOYANS until about 7pm when he will speak on relationships. A compline will follow with an opportunity for Confession with Fr. Stavros, as well. This event will end about 8:30pm. Please RSVP to Maria or Ted by March 6th.


On Saturday, March 9 Father Stavros Akrotirianakis will present “Encouraging Faith in One Another” at our Lenten Retreat from 10:00 am (after Liturgy at 8:30) to 3:00 pm. Registration forms are in the Koinonia, Pangari and entry. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration (before March 4) for the retreat is $15, $5 for students. Please plan to attend. Contact Anna Warren for more information. Sign up to receive daily reflections from Fr. Stavros at greekorthodoxchurchtampa.com/the-prayer-team.


GOYA will be hosting a Lenten potluck supper after the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy on Wed., March 13th. GOYA Co-President Tessa Nail will also be giving a special presentation that night about her adventure at the Ionian Village Camping Program in Greece. See you then!


GOYA will be visiting St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Food Bank on Saturday, March 16th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This will be a chance for us to do something extra for charity as part of our Lenten journey. Send RSVPs and any questions to Ted Cherpas.


Registration for the 2019 GOYA Spring Retreat is now online. The retreat will be Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 7th. Sign up at pittsburgh.goarch.org. Questions about the retreat go to our Metropolis Camping Ministry Coordinator, Marina Papafil, at camp@pittsburgh.goarch.org. Contact Ted for details about carpools.


Young Adult Opportunities: Camp Nazareth 2019 Staff Applications are now available online, and a 2019 Young Adult Project Mexico Trip for late July/early August is being planned. For information about either, please see Ted Cherpas.


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: Feb. 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24. 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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