St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


James the Brother of God

Apostle James (October 23)

..... The letter of Saint James the Brother of God is an amazing text that brings true consolation and unspeakable joy to the soul and repels all forms of despair. It sets forth the best way of interpersonal relations. It stresses that people should not be divided into groups depending on the money or status they hold, but they should demonstrate to all the same respect because they are icons of Christ. It indicates the way of purification, the healing of the soul of the passions, so the nous can be illumined and man can gain personal knowledge of God. He does not fail to stress the value of the presence of the Priest - the Healer - and the use of tangible matter, such as oil, which is sanctified and through which the uncreated Grace of God acts.

He also speaks of human wisdom and contrasts it with the wisdom that "comes from above", which he calls pure, peaceful, lenient, deferential, full of compassion and good fruit, impartial and sincere, because it is free from the fallen passions, which cause strife, fights, messiness "and every vicious thing".

There are those who are wise according to God, and those who are 'wise' according to the world, but there are also those who possess both types of wisdom. Indeed, human wisdom may enrich the intellect, while the enhypostatic wisdom of God, which is Christ Himself, enriches the heart with uncreated Divine Grace and brings the good things longed for by man and are listed by the Apostle Paul - love, joy, peace, etc.... By reason a person understands the letter in the way they hear it or read it, but with an illuminated nous they have the ability to penetrate the depth of what is said or read and in this way understand the spirit of the text and its deeper meaning in order to interpret it correctly.

The study of the life and letter of Saint James helps the believer to enter into the perspective of the gift of spiritual healing whereby they will acquire true knowledge of themselves, an empirical knowledge of God and true communion with our fellow men.

- adapted from Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas, "Saint James the Brother of God as a Model for our Lives" (trans. John Sanidolpoulos)


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

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Schedule of Services Wednesday, October 26
6:15 PM Great Vespers

Thursday, October 27
Martyr Nestor
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 29
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

Sunday, October 30
19th Sunday after Pentecost
7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

9:00 AM Slavonic Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel

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

This Week's EventsMonday, October 24
Church Office Closed
No Perohi

Tuesday, October 25
No Perohi
No Stretcherise
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, October 26
5:30 PM Slovak Class I
6:30 PM Slovak Class II
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
7:30 PM Slovak Class III

Thursday, October 27
5:30 PM Harvest Party

Friday, October 28
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales
7:00 PM Male Choir

Saturday, October 29
Parish Center Reserved

Sunday, October 30
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center


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