St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Partakers of the Divine Nature

The aim of the Christian life, which St. Seraphim described as the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God, can equally well be defined in terms of deification. St. Basil described man as a creature who has received the order to become a god; and St. Athanasius, as we know, said that "God became man that man might become God."

Such, according to the teaching of the Orthodox Church, is the final goal at which every Christian must aim: to become god, to attain theosis, 'deification' or 'divinization.' For Orthodoxy man’s salvation and redemption mean his deification.

Behind the doctrine of deification there lies the idea of man made according to the image and likeness of God the Holy Trinity. 'May they all be one,' Christ prayed at the Last Supper: "As Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee, so also may they be in us" (John 17:21).

Just as the three persons of the Trinity 'dwell' in one another in an unceasing movement of love, so man, made in the image of the Trinity, is called to 'dwell' in the Trinitarian God. Christ prays that we may share in the life of the Trinity, in the movement of love which passes between the divine persons; He prays that we may be taken up into the Godhead. The saints, as Maximus the Confessor put it, are those who express the Holy Trinity in themselves.

This idea of a personal and organic union between God and man — God dwelling in us, and we in Him — is a constant theme in Saint John's Gospel; it is also a constant theme in the Epistles of Saint Paul, who sees the Christian life above all else as a life 'in Christ.' The same idea recurs in the famous text: "Through these promises you may become partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4).

It is important to keep this New Testament background in mind. The Orthodox doctrine of deification, so far from being unscriptural (as is sometimes thought), has a solid Biblical basis, not only in 2 Peter, but in Paul and the Fourth Gospel.

- Metropolitan Kallistos Ware


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted, with the exception of Vespers on Saturdays at 5 pm and 8:30 Sunday morning Divine Liturgy, beginning June 10, 2017, at the Annunciation (Cemetery) Chapel, 3025 Stinson Blvd, St. Anthony, through the beginning of September.

Schedule of Services
Wednesday, August 23
6:15 PM Great Vespers

Thursday, August 24
Martyr Cosmas
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, August 26
11:00 a.m. Baptism @ Cathedral
5:00 PM Great Vespers @ Cemetery Chapel

Sunday, August 27
12th Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel (Last Summer Liturgy at the Cemetery)
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom @ Cathedral
Blessing of Students and Teachers

10:15 AM Slavonic Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel


NOTE: Elevators available at both the Cathedral and the Parish Center.

This Week's Event
, August 21
Parish Center Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, August 22
8:30 AM Perohi
7:00 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, August 23
5:30 PM Slovak Class I
6:00 PM Stretchercise

Thursday, August 24
7:00 PM Theology on Thursday

Friday, August 25
9:30-3:30 p.m. Parish Center Hours For Today
11-2:00 PM Perohi Sales

Saturday, August 26
2:30 p.m. Readers’ Workshop @ Cathedral

Sunday, August 27
NO Church School for the summer
11:00 AM Church School Teacher Meeting in Ministry Room @ Parish Center


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