Welcome to the Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific Website


 

Sundays Services Schedule:

  • Orthros (Matins):8:15 AM
  • Divine Liturgy: 9:30 AM
  • Fellowship follows in our Social Hall

"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7

Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers. To those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church.


Many Blessings for the New Ecclesiastical Year

As the Creator of the ages and Master, O God of all and truly far over essence, by Your never-ending mercy, O Compassionate One, bless the coming calendar, in the course of the new year, saving all who worship You, Who alone are the Master, and who cry out to You in awe:  ‘O Redeemer, grant a fruitful year to all.’”

~Kontakion of the New Ecclesiastical Year (Translation by Nancy Takis)

Dearest Spiritual Ohana,

It is an honor and joy that I enter into my 7th year of serving you and all the Faithful of our Spiritual Home of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific, here in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was on September 1st, 2013, that I officially began my ministry here, 6 years ago.  How quickly time passes!  I am truly thankful for all of you who are here today and all who have come and gone over the years I have been here.  It is my wish and desire that I always be a “servant leader” to my flock, reflecting and modeling our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is the “mark” and example for us to model as human beings made in His Image and Likeness.  I look forward to as much time the Lord wills for me to serve here.

September 1st, marks the beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year.  With this date, we enter in a New Liturgical Year, the beginning of the Church’s calendar cycle.  From where did we receive the tradition of beginning the cycle of the year in September?  Where do we trace its roots and find its meaning for us?

St. Nikolai Velimirovic gives us, below, a concise summary of what the New Ecclesiastical Year is:  

September 1

The First Ecumenical Council (Nicaea, 325) decreed that the Church year should begin on September 1. The month of September was, for the Hebrews, the beginning of the civil year (Exodus 23:16), the month of gathering the harvest and of the offering of thanks to God. It was on this feast that the Lord Jesus entered the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:16-21), opened the book of the Prophet Isaiah and read the words: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn (Isaiah 61:1-2). The month of September is also important in the history of Christianity, because Emperor Constantine the Great was victorious over Maxentius, the enemy of the Christian Faith, in September. Following this victory, Constantine granted freedom of confession to the Christian Faith throughout the Roman Empire. For a long time, the civil year in the Christian world followed the Church year, with its beginning on September 1. The civil year was later changed, and its beginning transferred to January 1. This occurred first in Western Europe, and later in Russia, under Peter the Great.

Source: St. Nikolai Velimirovic, The Prologue of Ohrid – Volume Two.

In addition to what St. Nikolai summarizes about September 1st, as the start of the civil year which once coincided with the Ecclesiastical New Year, the word “Indiction,” is used for both the secular and religious celebrations taken from the Latin word meaning “to proclaim.” Civilly, September 1st, was established as the start date for the assessment of the annual land tax to support the needs of the Empire and its Armed Forces and was issued for 15-year cycles.

As members of the Body of Christ, His Church, we begin a new chapter in entering into the New Ecclesiastical Year, here in Hawaii and all around the world.  On these most remote Islands, we are called to proclaim Christ to all those around us through our examples as each being “spirit-filled” and living members of the Body of Christ, His Church.  We welcome all our new comers to the Cathedral and look forward to building lasting relationships.  We are really excited that we have quite a few young adults who have joined us.  We are looking forward to starting up our Young Adult Ministry, which is under development.  We are also thrilled that our Sunday School will start its new year with new teachers coming on board.  I look forward to the likely possibility of having new altar boys in the altar to help serve as I celebrate at the Divine Services.

May God bless us as we embark upon this New Ecclesiastical Year!

 With Love in Christ,

+Fr. Alexander


Special Services

Great Vespers 
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

Maui Service
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Orthros 9:30 am/Liturgy 10:30 am

Great Vespers 
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

Great Vespers 
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

St Luke the Evangelist
Friday, October 18, 2019
Orthros 8:30 am/Liturgy 9:30 am

Great Vespers 
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

St James the Apostle
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Orthros 8:30 am/Liturgy 9:30 am

Maui Service
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Orthros 9:30 am/Liturgy 10:30 am


Greek Night Benefit - Aloha Choir

Mahalo for your support at the recent Greek Night Benefit.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

The Enthronement of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America took place on Saturday June 22, 2019  at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York. His Eminence Metropolitan Avgoustinos of Germany represented His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Axios!

About the Enthronement (Click Here)

Why is an Archbishop Enthroned? (Click Here)



FDF 2019 Aloha Youth Choir

FDF 2019 - FRIDAY - Choral Competition Division I - Aloha Youth Choir - Sts. Constantine & Helen - Honolulu from Your FDF on Vimeo.


FDF 2019 Nisiopeda Dance Group

FDF 2019 - SATURDAY - Advanced Junior - Nisiopeda - Sts. Constantine & Helen - Honolulu from Your FDF on Vimeo.


Glendi Dance Group Benefit

Mahalo for your support and donations during the Glendi event! 


Epiphany Celebrations at Ala Moana Park: Sunday, January 6, 2019


Diakonia 2019


 
The Nisiopeda dance group from Sts. Constantine & Helen parish (Honolulu, Hawaii) completed a service project for our local Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Honolulu.  Our six all-female dance group, along with dance group families, Director, and Co-Directors, gathered on January 4, 2019 to bake cookies and brownies for local families staying at two Ronald McDonald houses in Honolulu, HI.
  
 
The Nisiopeda made baked goodies, wrote heart-felt notes, and packed them for ten families staying at RMH's in Honolulu.  The RMH hosts families from other Hawaiian Islands, the Pacific, and Continental US whose child is receiving care and/or treatment from hospitals located on O'ahu.  
 
 
More information from their website,
For over three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Hawaii has offered a loving home-away-from-home to families needing to be near their seriously ill or injured children while they're being treated at Honolulu area hospitals.
 
 
Additionally, the Nisiopeda hand-delivered the baked gifts to the RMH on January 5, 2019 where they were able to tour the house and get a first-hand sense of the blessings provided there. It was a special visit all around indeed!  The dance group felt the love that created the home and look forward to future Diakonia opportunities at RMH Hawaii.

Nisiotes Dance Group Outreach

The Greek  Kailua Dancers performed at Poahi Nani Care Center as an outreach to the community.
Barry's mom pictured is 101 yeas old.
 


Congratulations Nisiotes Dancers - College Graduation

Congratulations to recent graduates Christiana Oshiro and Constantine Papazacharioudakis! 


2018 Making Stride - Philoptochos Fundraiser

Mahalo for participating with our Philoptochos Society - Aloha Chapter Team Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk! 

You can still participate by making a donation and help our reach our fundraising goal.

Visit our team fundraising page, using the links below.

Please click here to donate to our team!


Pan-Orthodox Vesper - the Sunday of Orthodoxy 

Fr. Athanasius & parishioners of the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church along with the Myrrh-Steaming Iveron Icon were with us to worship on the Sunday of Othodoxy!  How blessed we are!

Pictured below: Deacon MIchael Bressem, Fr. Alexander Leong & Retired Archpriest Anatole Lyovin.

KITV Report on Miracle Icon of the Theotokos
Part 1

Part 2


Stewardship 

Click here to download the 2019 Stewardship form

Click here to volunteer to share your time & talents in 2019


Please Support Us Through AmazonSmile!

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Be the Bee - Informational Videos About Orthodoxy


Hawaii Delegation to FDF

FDF 2017 - FRIDAY - SENIOR - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Nisiotes from Your FDF on Vimeo.

FDF 2017 - SATURDAY - SENIOR - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Nisiotes from Your FDF on Vimeo.

FDF 2017 - SATURDAY DIVISION IV - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Nisiopeda from Your FDF on Vimeo.

FDF 2017 - FRIDAY CHORAL DIVISION II - Sts. Constantine and Helen - Wahine Aloha from Your FDF on Vimeo.


Diakonia - Giving Back to the Community

These are Diakonia pictures of the 2 Dance Groups Nisiotes the Islanders and Nisiopeda Little Island Children.

The Nisiopeda joined the adult choir from Saints Constantine Cathedral Greek Orthodox of the Pacific to sing and dance at The Plaza, a Senior Living Residence next door to the church.

The Nisiotes asked friends to come and help them clean up Oneula Beach in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.


Extra Extra Read All About it…

Click on the following graphic to access monthly & weekly bulletins & calendars. 

To receive your bulletin electronically, simply send an e-mail to the Church Office, at: office@greekorthodoxhawaii.org with “Bulletin Electronic Subscription” in the subject line. 

Note: A limited number of bulletins will also be available in the narthex for our visitors and parishioners who want a printed copy. Due to postage increases Shorelines will no longer be mailed. 


Stewardship: We Are Family

Stewardship is our response to God’s grace and it moves us from grace to gratitude. Just as we love because God first loved us from 1 John 4:14, we give because God first gave to us.

Click here to go to the stewardship page


How to Schedule a Memorial Service

If you are interested in scheduling a Memorial Service for a loved one, please contact Father Alexander at the office so that he can schedule a date on the calendar.


Youth Ministry Guidelines

Please review the attached document to find out about the guidelines for children to qualify for funding from the parish to attend youth events.
If you have any questions please see Father Alexander or a member of the Parish Council.

Youth Ministry Guidelines


Orthodox Study Center:  Orthodoxy 101

Click here to jump Orthodoxy 101


 

Wedding in Hawaii?

Orthodox couples from around the world have chosen to be married at Saints Constantine & Helen, the ‘Cathedral in Paradise.’
Begin your wedding plans by contacting our Priest.  Demand is high so we ask that you contact us early to plan your special day.

Voice: (808) 521-7220
Email: (Click Here)  Rev. Fr. Alexander Leong, Dean
             (Or Copy)  fralexanderleong@yahoo.com


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