St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Our Entire Existence is in His Hands

As Orthodox Christians, we ought to be quick to recognize as false the idea or image of God as an angry and easily displeased, heavy-handed father figure. This is an idea that seems to have been taught, or indirectly communicated, in many so-called Christian communities, even though it is contrary to the actual teaching of the Church and the witness of holy men and women, and - I hope - even our own experience.

There is an unhealthy fear and anxiety - and we are surely right to reject the teaching and console its victims - but there is also an appropriate 'fear' of God, that is, an awe before the sheer reality and majesty of His sovereignty. It is an awe that finds expression in reverence, humility, respect for God and the things of God on the one hand, and gratitude, wonder and the desire to worship Him on the other.

It is a fear that accepts the importance of clinging to the Lord and seeking to do His will not out of anxiety that He might withdraw His love from us, or that we may be punished, but because He is Who He is, our God, and we are His creatures, and not self-existing but rather we feel that our entire existence is in His hands, and we find our life and meaning in Him and His love for us in Christ. This sort of 'fear' arises from the seeming risk of letting-go of our false self, and our sense of self-sufficiency and entitlement, and instead trusting in Him.

This sort of the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

- Fr. Andrew


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Schedule of Services
Wednesday, October 18
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, October 19
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 21
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers @ Cathedral

Sunday, October 22
20th Sunday after Pentecost

7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom @ Cathedral
Parastas (Memorial Service) for Gloria Tarasar

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


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

This Week's Event
, October 16
Parish Center Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi

Tuesday, October 17
6:00 p.m. Stretchercise
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, October 18
8:30 a.m. Perohi
5:30 p.m. Slovak Class 1
6:30 p.m. Slovak Class 2
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 20
11-2:00 p.m. Perohi Sales

Saturday, October 21
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir

Sunday, October 22
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center


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