St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Triumph Icon

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1Corinthians 15:49)

Each year on the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, we hear a lot about the restoration of the icons in the worship of the Church after the great turmoil of iconoclasm. We usually hear something about the Orthodox doctrine of the image. On this day, we have a good helping of both history and doctrine. It is an inspiring history and a compelling theological vision.

In many respects, however, the Triumph of Orthodoxy is not really our own, personal triumph, because we fail to connect the dots to link these things with our own lives. With reality. What does the historic vindication of the icon and the awe-some doctrine of the image mean in terms of our own sanctification, in turning our hearts to God, in shaping our own lives according to the image? What is it we celebrate?

The main thing - the critical thing - is surely not simply the Triumph of Orthodoxy as an event 'out there', of a doctrine splendid but theoretical - but the meaning of that triumph and that teaching as it touches our own lives. Is it really possible for us to celebrate and rejoice in these things, as we do on this first Sunday of Great Lent, without a certain embarrassment? (W. H. Auden writes with sad resignation about the end of the seasonal celebration of the Incarnation in his Christmas Oratorio, III: ....Once again / As in previous years we have seen the actual Vision and failed / To do more than entertain it as an agreeable / Possibility....)

The Triumph of Orthodoxy needs to be seen in the light of the ancient Gospel reading for this day. We read about the call of the disciples. Discipleship is 'of course' the key to understanding Great Lent, and we can think of it as perhaps the most important way to express the calling to live according to the image. Now is the time to renew our discipleship. It is in such discipleship that the image of God is truly manifest and vindicated.

- Fr. Andrew


Service cancellation policy:

  • No one should travel to church for services if the road conditions are dangerous.
  • No services will be cancelled.
  • Those who cannot get to services should instead stay home, give thanks to God, be happy that at least a priest and a chanter are singing the services and praying for them.

All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

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Schedule of Services
Second Week of Great Lent
Tuesday, March 3
7:00 PM Brueggeman Parastas

March 4
8:00 AM Confessions
9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy
10:30 AM Brueggeman Visitation @ Cathedral
11:00 AM Brueggeman Funeral @ Cathedral
6:15 PM Typika (followed by Confessions)

Friday, March 6
8:00 AM Confessions
9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy
6:00 PM Confessions
6:30 PM 9th Hour
7:00 PM Presanctified Liturgy

Saturday, March 7
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

, March 8
Daylight Savings Time Begins… turn clocks ahead one hour
St. Gregory of Palamas

7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
9:00 am Divine Liturgy (Slavonic) @ Cemetery Chapel
11:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 PM Lenten Vespers @ St. George's Greek, 1111 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-6220

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

This Week's Events
Second Week of Great Lent
, March 2
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, March 3
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Stretchersize
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
6:00 PM Slovak Class II
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal
7:30 PM Men’s Club Meeting

Wednesday, March 4
10:30 AM Wednesday Crew
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 5
7:00 PM Women's Club Meeting

Friday, March 6
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales
Lenten Dinner & Talk follows service

Sunday, March 8
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:05 AM 'O' Club Meeting @ Gym
11:50 AM Children's Carpathian Dance - Seniors @ PreK Room

7:30 PM Floor Hockey @ Gym


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