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.


Most Holy Theotokos, save us!


 “Truly you are worthy to be blessed,
Mother of our God, the Theotokos,
You the ever blessed one, and all blameless one,
And the Mother of our God.
You are honored more than the Cherubim,
And you have more glory, when compared, to the Seraphim;
You, without corruption,
Did bear God, the Logos;
You are the Theotokos;
You do we magnify.”     ~Magnificat

Dearest Spiritual Ohana,

We, as Orthodox Christians, hold our Lady the Theotokos in the highest of honor and devotion.  Those who have not come from the Orthodox Christian Faith often ask why we do so?  One amazing fact is, that we commemorate her in the beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year, celebrating her birth, and we commemorate her near the end of the Ecclesiastical Year with the observance of her Dormition, her “falling asleep” in the Lord.  We hold her in such high honor, because of her role in willingly becoming the vessel through which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ became incarnate.  As His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware states:  “But Orthodox honor Mary, not only because she is Theotokos,’ but because she is ‘Panagia,’  All-Holy.  Among all God’s creatures, she is the supreme example of synergy or cooperation between the purpose of the deity and human freedom.  God, who always respects our liberty of choice, did not wish to become incarnate without the willing consent of His Mother.  He wanted her voluntary response:  ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be as you have said (Luke 1:38).  Mary could have refused; she was not merely passive, but an active participant in the mystery.”

The more we show reverence to the Theotokos, the more we recognize the greatness and majesty of her Son.  To deny her the honor due her, is to deny the wonder of the Incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  For without her willing part, the Lord would not have been able to take on our human nature and redeem and save us.

She is the greatest among the Saints and above and more glorious than all the Heavenly Bodiless Powers of Angels.  Within many of our Orthodox Churches she has a place of prominence where she is depicted.  She appears in the center apse over our altars in an icon called the “Platyera” which depicts her with the Christ Child in her womb.  Here is what the website, “orthowiki.org” says about the Platytera:  “Panagia Platytera (Greek: Πλατυτέρα; "wider" or "more spacious") is an icon of the Theotokos, facing the viewer directly, usually depicted full length with her hands in the "orans" position, and with the image of Christ as a child in front of her chest, also facing the viewer directly. Sometimes the image of Christ is contained within a medallion.

Poetically, by containing the Creator of the Universe in her womb, Mary has become Platytera ton ouranon, which means: "More spacious than the heavens." This type is sometimes called the "Virgin of the Sign" or "Our Lady of the Sign," a reference to Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel."

Such an image is often placed in the apse above the altar.”

The Platytera in the Church is typically accompanied by the “Pantocrator” icon of Christ which is depicted in the Church’s dome.  “Pantocrator” means the “One Who holds all.”  With the dynamics of the Platytera and Pantocrator both in place in our Churches we get a clearer perspective of the two icons complementing each other and going together.  The Pantocrator has the place of highest prominence/glory in the dome and the Platyera in the apse shows the Theotokos to be bridge/conduit to connect the Heavenly and Earthly Realms together.

The Theotokos is called the “New Eve” and likewise Christ the “New Adam.”  The Theotokos, who was born in the same human nature we possess, shows us the heights we can reach in our humanity, through her supreme example of her free will and response to God.  For she submits fully to the Will of God and exclaims, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!  Let it be to me according to your word.”  (Luke 1:38)

May we follow in her example to us to let God’s Will be done in us!   “Most Holy Theotokos, save us!”     

 With Love in Christ,

+Fr. Alexander


Special Services

Great Vespers 
Monday, August 5, 2019
Service 6:30 pm

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Orthros 8:30 am/Liturgy 9:30 am

Paraklesis
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Service 6:30 pm

Paraklesis
Friday, August 9, 2019
Service 6:30 pm

Great Vespers 
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

Paraklesis
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Service 6:30 pm

Great Vespers 
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Service 6:30 pm

Dormition of the Theotokos
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Orthros 8:30 am/Liturgy 9:30 am

Great Vespers 
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

Beheading of John the Baptist
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Orthros 8:30 am/Liturgy 9:30 am

Great Vespers 
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

Great Vespers 
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Service 5:30 pm

Elevation of the Cross
Saturday, August 14, 2019
Orthros 8:30 am/Liturgy 9:30 am

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

Maui Service
Saturday, August 14, 2019
Orthros 9:30 am/Liturgy 10:30 am


Greek Night Benefit - Aloha Choir

Event tickets can be purchased from any AYC ohana members at church or online at:  

 Enthronement of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

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

About the Enthronement (Click Here)

Why is an Archbishop Enthroned? (Click Here)

 

On Saturday, June 22 at 11 am ET which is 5 am HST, the Enthronement service will be broadcast live at the following locations:



Beloved in the Lord,
 
May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you!
 
Please see the details below regarding a very informative Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Ukraine Autocephaly. This online meeting is sponsored by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle in support of our Mother Church in Constantinople and its position on this matter.
 
I encourage you to participate in this gathering with faithful from across the Archdiocese. This is a free event which is being held via teleconference. You may also submit questions in advance of the Virtual Town Hall by following the directions below.
 
Praying for the Lord's blessings of wisdom, grace and strength for all of us and the Orthodox Church, I remain,
 
With Love in Christ,
+Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco

AN ISSUE SO CRITICAL

For more than a century, the question of autocephaly (self-governance) has divided the sacred unity of Orthodox Christianity in the Ukraine.

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has taken the pastoral initiative to heal these divisions and grant independence to the Church in Ukraine. The situation is complex and, for English-speakers, made even more so by an onslaught of misinformation circulated through social media. Please join us for an in-depth discussion with experts who can explain the most important issue confronting the Orthodox Church today.


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!


Mahalo for Supporting the
37th Annual Greek Festival Hawaii 2018 

 


Philoptochos Holiday Food & Bake Sale!

  • Planning a Holiday party and too busy to cook?
  • Why not order delicious Greek food & pastries!
  • Supplies are limited so click on the form below and order today!

Order your holiday food & baked goods today!

Please see click here for our order form.

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


Epiphany 2018 - Ala Moana Beach Park


Philoptochos Supports Go Red 2018

Did you know Heart Disease and Stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year?  That is more than all cancers combined.  It is our opportunity to make a difference and bring awareness since 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.  We can do this and join with the National Philoptochos Society to support the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women awareness campaign.
 
Friday, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day, AHA's designated day to promote Go Red for Women.  The National Philoptochos Society supported this program designated on Sunday, February 4th as Go Red Sunday!
 
To learn more about the statistics, research and program, please visit the site below:

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!

When you shop , Amazon will make a donation to Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchase to the charities selected by customers

Please click this logo to go to the site.


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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