St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


The Orthodox Faith Transcends Conservative and Liberal

At every election, my answering machine, my mailbox and email box are overloaded with messages asking for my support, and especially my public support, as a pastor, for various political issues and parties and personalities.

Many groups and individuals want church leaders to speak out 'prophetically' against this or in favor of that. There is always the implication that church leaders could somehow make their parishes a rallying point for a cause, and use their influence to persuade others.

I think, however, that the theological and moral vision of the Church - our faith - is very clearly expressed in our services, prayers, teaching, preaching and so on - you only have to listen - and we certainly want to encourage everyone to listen, to reflect - especially to listen and reflect on genuine Orthodox Christian teaching as expressed in our common worship and the liturgical life of the Church. We want to encourage the faithful to strive to connect the dots of faith and life, to connect what they say and sing and pray with how they live and act.

The Orthodox faith transcends conservative and liberal, or perhaps comprehends both. After all, the fundamental, root meaning of 'liberal' means generous, and the tradition is exceedingly generous, and the grace of God is without question generous and no respecter of persons. And the tradition is certainly about 'conservation', conserving that which has been handed down - traditioned - to us, known and loved.

The generosity of the Orthodox faith should give us pause in assuming an alliance with anything mean-spirited, vindictive, and moralizing - just as our love of the particular, the given, the familiar, and above all the important truths as we have received and confessed them, should make us suspicious of all notions and plans and proposals to overturn them, of attempts at social engineering and dabbling, at assimilation to the transvaluation of values at work in this world.

- 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.

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

Schedule of Services
Nativity Fast Continues
November 18
10:00 AM Service @ Chandler Place

November 19
6:15 PM Vespers (Forefeast)
Relics of St Nikolaj Velimirović of Ohrid and Žiča

, November 20
6:15 PM Festal Vespers

Friday, November 21
Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
7:45 AM Festal Matins
9:00 AM Festal Divine Liturgy

Saturday, November 22
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

, November 23
24th Sunday After Pentecost

7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

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

This Week's Events
Nativity Fast Continues
, November 17
Church Office Closed
7:00 PM Church Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 18
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Stretchercize with Barb
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
6:45 PM Men’s Club Turkey Raffle
7:00 PM Slovak Class II
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 19
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
5:30 PM Faith Night
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 21
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales
Altar Server / Communion Assistant Retreat

Saturday, November 22
6:00 PM Advent Potluck and Talk

Sunday, November 23
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Youth Choir @ Music Office

7:30 PM Floor Hockey @ Gym


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