Weekly Bulletin


Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral – Cleveland Heights, OH

Holy Week 2019 Schedule

April 21, 2019


PANGARI: Team D: Richard Warren, Robert White, Gus Kallergis
GREETERS: Zisimos and Katy Giatis
LIBRARY GREETERS: Kathy Bartzis, and Vickie Nolidis
GOSPEL: John 12:1-18
GREEK TEXT OF GOSPEL: (Page 201 in Black Books)
LITURGY: 9:30 am

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. 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.

Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal Fourth Mode in the 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.

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Copyright Fr. Seraphim Dedes, used by permission. All rights reserved

Wisdom of the Fathers

Besides, they could not at once have taken in the knowledge of the Kingdom of which He spake; for another Evangelist saith, that they thought the words were spoken of a kingdom of this world. (Matt. xx. 21.)

St. John Chrysostom

Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

This Week

April 15 – April 21

MON. 4/22
7:00 pm – Bridegroom Service
7:30 pm – Gamblers Anonymous
8:30 pm – Confessions

TUE. 4/23
7:00 pm – Bridegroom Service
8:30 pm – Confessions

WED. 4/24
6:40 am – Pre-sanctified Liturgy
4:00 pm – Holy Unction
7:00 pm – Bridegroom Service (& Anointing w Unction)

THU. 4/25
9:30 am – Vespers & Liturgy
7:00 pm – Service of the 12 Gospels

FRI. 4/26
9:30 am – Service of Royal Hours
9:30 am – OE Good Friday Program
3:00 pm – Vespers
7:00 pm – Service at the Epitaphion – Metropolitan Savas will preside

SAT. 4/27
8:00 am – Vespers & Liturgy
11:00 pm – Paschal Vigil

SUN. 4/28
12:00 pm – Agape Vespers
1:00 pm – Easter Egg Hunt
1:00 pm – Coffee Hour – Hosted by Orthodox Education


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.


Monetary donations for the Holy Week flowers are gratefully accepted. A list of items needed is posted near the office.


Please remember to place your order for Luminaries which will be used to line the Holy Friday Epitaphios procession route. There will be someone in the entry available to assist you with your order. Palm Sunday is the last day to place your order. All proceeds will go towards Camp Nazareth Scholarships for our students (contact Father Stephen). Your support is greatly appreciated. For information please contact Anna Warren (216-287-6890).


Apr. 21st – Palm Sunday Procession for grades 5th and under/Registration deadline for Great and Holy Friday Program please
Fri., Apr. 26th – Great and Holy Friday Program 9:30am-5pm.  Please register ASAP
Apr. 28th – PASCHA – Agape Service 12 noon followed by egg hut and OE coffee hour
May 5th – CRAFT DAY for PreK-1st Grades/GAME DAY for 2nd-8th Grades
May 12th – LITTLE SAINTS READING CLUB/Teacher meeting
May 19th – Last day of OE classes/Graduation Reception following classes
Sat., Jun. 1st – OE Picnic 2-6pm at Highland Heights Park, Pool and Tennis Courts
Mon., Jun. 3rd-Fri., Jun. 7th Vacation Church School 9am-3pm daily/Registration deadline May 20th


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, April 20th at 5:30 p.m.
Contact peter.poulos@case.edu to RSVP for any of these activities or if you have questions.


The annual GOYA Palm Folding Night will take place on Friday, April 19th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Contact Ted with any questions.


We are looking for youth volunteers of all ages to be readers for the many services of Holy Week. If you are interested, please contact Ted. He can provide you with the texts in advance so you can practice.


Please join us after the Divine Liturgy today for a delicious luncheon prepared by George Stathopoulos of 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, Jack Ramsey & Anna Vedouras, Michael & Fran Vento and Dick & Anna Warren. Dessert for the luncheon is being offered in memory of Stephen and Angelo Sikoutris by their families. Thank you for your support. CARRY OUT IS AVAILABLE.


Your help is needed to prepare the flowers for the Epitaphion on Holy Friday, April 26 beginning at 9:30 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 scissors and a friend. Call Paula Kappos (440-247-7508) or Anna Warren (216-287-6890) with any questions.


Help is needed to “install” the luminaries to light the path of the Epitaphios on Holy Friday, April 26. Please come at 10:30 am, no experience necessary. Please contact Anna Warren to let her know if you can help or if you have any questions (annabell49@sbcglobal.net or 216-287-6890).


Scholarship Applications are available in the Narthex or the Library. Deadline for turning them is on May 5, 2019.
Library Committee Meeting will be on May 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM.


Philoptochos is sponsoring a Memorial Service on Mother’s Day to honor our Mothers, Grandmothers, or Godmothers who have departed. Everyone is invited to submit the name of their loved one who is no longer with us. Father will be reading the names during the service. Philoptochos will provide the koliva. If you would like to make a donation to the Philoptochos it would be greatly appreciated. Please mail forms to: Sts Constantine & Helen Philoptochos, c/o Sue Trumbull, 3352 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. Please have names in no later than May 6


Please join us on Thursday May 9th at 6:30 at the church. Please bring a dish to share. After a very brief Philoptochos Meeting, Sherie and Alan Steinberger will be presenting, “Everybody Knows Somebody-The Addict at Your Door.” It promises to be a very special evening. Everyone is welcome (both men and women). This is not just for members!


Parishioners Chris Tartara and George Kappos have been selected to receive the annual St. Photios Award, given by the Metropolis of Pittsburgh to the “unsung heroes” of its parishes. They will be honored at a banquet on May 11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Pittsburgh-Cranberry).

The event is open to all. Hors D’oeuvres at 4:00 PM; dinner at 5:15 PM. This is an early event, so that travellers can get home at a respectable hour. Adult tickets are $85; children’s tickets (under 12) are $25.

Ticket order forms are in the literature rack next to the Pangari.


Please notify Maria Sikoutris at orthodox_education@stsconstantine.com of your name and what high school or college you are graduating from by May 12th to be included in the written program honoring our church’s graduates at the May 19th Graduates’ Reception.


GOYA is invited to a volleyball tournament hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton on Saturday, May 18th. For more information or to sign up, contact Ted.


Our next HOPE/JOY field trip will take place on Sunday, May 19th @ 2:00 p.m. to the Botanical Gardens. Tickets will be $5.00 per person. RSVP by e-mailing Ted no later than Wednesday, May 15th.


Philoptochos will be collecting books for children ages 5 to 12 for our partner school Fairfax Elementary. This will give children books for summer reading. The last day to donate will be May 19.


Online registration for summer camp at Camp Nazareth is now online. Sign up at pittsburgh.goarch.org. Questions about camp may be directed to our Metropolis Camping Ministry Coordinator, Marina Papafil, at camp@pittsburgh.goarch.org.


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: May 26. 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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