St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Forgiveness Sunday

.... And then there is the theme of forgiveness, of which I will say only one short thing. We think always of forgiveness as a way in which we would say to a person who has offended, hurt, humiliated us, that the past is past and that we do not any more hold a grudge against this person. But what forgiveness means more deeply than this is that if we can say to a person: let us no longer make the past into a destructive present, let me trust you, make an act of faith in you, if I forgive you it means in my eyes you are not lost, in my eyes there is a future of beauty and truth in you.

But this applies also to us perversely, we think very often of forgiving others, but we do not think sufficiently of the need in which we are, each of us personally, of being forgiven by others. We have a few hours left between the Liturgy and the Service of Forgiveness tonight, let us reflect and try to remember, not the offenses which we have suffered, but the hurts which we have caused; and if we have hurt anyone in one way or another, in things small or great, let us make haste before we enter into Lent tomorrow morning, let us make haste to ask to be forgiven, to hear someone say to us: in spite of all that has happened I believe in you, I trust you, I hope for you and I will expect everything from you, and then we can go together through Lent helping one another to become what we are called to be - the disciples of Christ, following Him step by step to Calvary, and beyond Calvary to the Resurrection. Amen.

- from a Sermon on Forgiveness Sunday by Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom)


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.
  • Good church etiquiette also suggests staying home if you are sick or feel like you are coming down with an illness.

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

Schedule of ServicesGREAT LENT
Monday, February 19
7:00 p.m. Great Canon

Tuesday, February 20
7:00 p.m. Great Canon

Wednesday, February 21
8:30 a.m. Confessions
9:00 a.m. Presanctified
7:00 p.m. Great Canon

Thursday, February 22
7:00 p.m. Great Canon

Friday, February 23
8:30 a.m. Confessions
9:00 a.m. Presanctified
6 p.m. Ninth Hour and Confessions
6:30 p.m. Presanctified

Saturday, February 24
9:00 a.m. Service to St Theodore
4:00 p.m. General Confession
5:00 p.m. Vigil @ Cathedral

Sunday, February 25
38th Sunday after Pentecost

Orthodoxy Sunday
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Youth icon procession
Oath for Board Members, Service Attendants and other Elected positions
Parastas (Memorial Service) for Marge Vajda @ Cathedral Chapel

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

11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 p.m. Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers @ Cathedral


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

This Week's EventsGREAT LENT
, February 19
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi

Tuesday, February 20
NO Perohi

Wednesday, February 21
Choir Rehearsal follows the Great Canon

Friday, February 23
11-2:00 p.m. Perohi Sales
Saints Lenten Dinner follows Presanctified

Sunday, February 25
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 a.m. Carpathian Dance Practice @ Pre-K Room
2:00 p.m. YA Meeting @ Ministry Room
Light Lenten Dinner sponsored by St. Mary’s Women’s Club following Vespers @ Parish Center

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gym


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