St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Metropolitan Tikhon at Difine Liturgy
New Martyrs of the
Georgian Church

Martyrdom as a Mark of Faith

.. looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame.... (Hebrews 12:2)

One of the big concerns of the Letter to the Hebrews is to encourage Christians to live their lives faithfully and fully in spite of persecution. It points to martyrdom as a witness to - and as a mark of - real, exemplary and inspiring faith.

We are asked, for example, to consider the vast cast of faithful characters found in the stories of the Old Testament: confessors, martyrs, exiles, ascetics. Their various sufferings are the expression of a lived faith. But in fact the example they set for us was based on far less than what we have been given. They had God's promises, but we have encountered the fulfillment of those promises. Their hope was for a mighty act of God, but we have encountered that mighty act in the person of Jesus Christ. What they only hoped for we know as a reality.

So if they could remain faithful, we ought surely to have even more stability in our faith. But it is not simply that these heroes of the faith set a good, inspiring example. What they hoped for and Who we have met in Christ provides the ultimate paradigm and touchstone and the entire meaning of faithful, martyric witness. It is Christ Himself Who is the Martyr, the One Who remains faithful to God.

If Christians are encouraged to meet their martyrdom with the certain anticipation of heavenly reward, it is because the author of Hebrews has told us that Christ Himself went to the Cross for the sake of the joy set before Him. The juxtaposition of joy and suffering in authentic martyrdom also finds its expression in the ideas of repentance, of compunction, of 'bright sadness'. We read in the lives of the saints that the greatest ascetics were filled with profound joy. In our moral theology we learn that the highest virtue is co-suffering love.

- 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 30
6:15 PM Vespers

Thursday, July 31
6:15 PM Vespers

Dormition Fast Begins
Friday, August 1
Procession of the Holy Cross
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
10:00 AM Blessing of Water

Saturday, August 2
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

, August 3
8th Sunday After Pentecost

8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

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

This Week's Events
Monday, July 28
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, July 29
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Yoga
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
7:00 PM Slovak Class II
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, July 30
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
7:00 PM Alto Sectional

Thursday, July 31
7:00 PM Adult Bible Study

Dormition Fast Begins
, August 1
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales
6:30 PM Parish Center set-up

Saturday, August 2
Parish Center Reserved

Sunday, August 3
11-11:20 AM every Sunday Perohi Sales @ Parish Center
12:00 PM Rusin Association Picnic @ Anoka Co. Riverfront Park
12:00 PM Charity Golf Tournament (check-in) @ Gross Nat’l Golf Course
1:00 PM Shot Gun Start @ Gross Nat’l Golf Course


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