St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Metropolitan Tikhon at Difine Liturgy
Christ Pantocrator icon, 6th century,
St. Catherine Monastery in Sinai.

Tension Between Appearance and Reality

Each of us has three different personas: the one we think we are, the one others think we are, and the one we really are. Maturity is bringing them to coincide. (Francisco J. Garcia-Julve)

All through our lives, we deal with the complex tension of appearance and reality. We sense that how we appear to others can be far from the truth of who we are. But then, we also understand that our own sense of self can be completely off-base, too. We hide things from ourselves as well as from others. We have blind spots, prejudices and preferences, things we take for granted. There are things that we try to suppress and repress. There are things about ourselves, and how we appear, that we simply don't know and can't know. Self-knowledge is difficult, and has its limits.

The Gospel tells us that many were attracted to Jesus and claimed to believe in Him because of His miracles, but Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man (John 2:24, 25). Jesus knows who we really and truly are. He sees us clearly. He understands us even as we are mystery to ourselves and others.

Because the Lord knows us, our true selves, believers understand that freedom from self-delusion and from false appearances must come from being 'in Christ'. He is our ground, our anchor, our hope in the complex struggle between appearance and reality that runs through our lives.

- Fr. Andrew


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

Sunday services at the Cemetery Chapel will begin June 15, the Sunday following Pentecost. There will be only ONE Liturgy on Sundays, June 29, July 27 and August 31. Saturday Vespers and weekday services will be at the Cathedral. Parastas on Parastas Sundays will be held at the Cemetery Chapel. 3025 Stinson Blvd, St. Anthony, through the summer.

Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of Services
Wednesday, July 23
6:15 PM Vespers

Saturday, July 26
11:00 AM Vaughan Baptism
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

, July 27
(One Liturgy)
7th Sunday After Pentecost

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

2:30 PM Rodriguez/Schmeling Wedding @ Cathedral

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

This Week's Events
Monday, July 21
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, July 22
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Yoga
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
7:00 PM Slovak Class II

Wednesday, July 23
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
6:00 PM Festival Meeting

Thursday, July 24
7:00 PM Adult Bible Study

Friday, July 25
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales

Sunday, July 27
11:00 AM Interior Committee @ Cathedral


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