St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

The Nativity Fast

This week - on November 15 - we begin the Nativity Fast in anticipation of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In English, we often call this season Advent. We anticipate Christmas, the feast of the Incarnation of the Son of God, in "fullness of time", and "for us and for our salvation". The Church encourages us to approach the Mystery of the Incarnation prayerfully, with gratitude and joy and awe. The teaching, the fact of the Incarnation is meant to have an impact on our lives: God became human so that we may share in the life of God, by His grace sharing in what He is by nature.

This 40 day fast involves making a serious effort in fasting, prayer and doing good works. In some ways, many Americans, following the civil calendar, find it makes more sense to begin the fast on the Monday after Thanksgiving. In this way, Thanksgiving becomes the entrance to the Advent, launching us into the Fast with a profound appreciation and gratitude for the many blessings we have received from God.

The main thing, when we begin, is to strive to put aside the weight of worldly and temporal cares, and the many possible distractions that prevent us from readying ourselves in appropriate ways to greet the coming of the Lord. The enormous commercial and social bustle of the season can be a great distraction. So too can the 'black dogs', the sadness and depression, a sort of seasonal affective disorder that many people experience at this time of year.

The celebration of the Nativity is meant to be something more than eating and drinking and buying and 'having a good time'. It is meant to be all this, perhaps, but much more it is meant to be an occasion, and opening, for a great and awesome miracle of grace: The Lord comes to be born in each one of us spiritually, we are welcomed into the divine plan of salvation, we find renewal and refreshment in His love. Therefore let us pray, that this year, He may help us to put first things first in our preparations to greet Him.

- Fr. Andrew


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Schedule of Services
, November 13
St. John Chrysostom
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, November 15
Nativity Fast Begins
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, November 16
Apostle Matthew
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, November 18
5:00 p.m. Vigil

Sunday, November 19
24th Sunday after Pentecost

Parastas Sunday

9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom @ Cathedral
Parastas (Memorial Service) for Andre Zurbey; Sharon Rusinak; Mary Jo Dzubak; Nicole Skrbich Kunkle; Lila & Joseph Dupay; Gary Dupay; Anna & Walter Balanovich; Mark Dupay; James Brinda; Anna & Anthony Dzubay; Mary & Paul Gaydos; John, Mary, Peter, Paul, Mary, Marty, Steve Jurichko; Susie & John Gaydos

9:00 a.m. Slavonic Service @ Cemetery Chapel


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

This Week's Events
, November 13
Parish Center Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 14
8:30 a.m. Perohi
6:00 p.m. Stretchercise
6:45 p.m. Men’s Club Turkey Raffle
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 15
Nativity Fast Begins
5:30 p.m. Slovak Class 1
6:30 p.m. Slovak Class 2
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 16
7:00 p.m. Theology on Thursday

Friday, November 17
11-2:00 p.m. Perohi Sales
7:00 p.m. Altar Server/Communion Assistant Retreat begins

Saturday, November 18
11:00 a.m. Retreat ends
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir

Sunday, November 19
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 a.m. Carpathian Children’s Dance @ PreK Room
3:00 p.m. Family Event: Hayride @ Bunker Hills CANCELED
7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gym


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