St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Theotokos Presented in Temple
The Entrance of the Mother of God

In light of the feast, I took a long look at a number of western European paintings depicting the Presentation of the Virgin Mary.

Two things stood out for me. Many of the paintings depict the young Mary ascending a long staircase, all alone, by herself and rather bravely in the circumstances. Other paintings show her entering, again all alone, into rather cavernous, dim Gothic renditions of the Temple.

The youth and innocence of the child Mary, and indeed her very smallness, seem to emphasize her bravery as she enters into a vast or dark unknown. Those towering figures about to receive her in the distance, or wrapped in the deep shadows, arrayed in their sacerdotal clothes and luxuriously bearded are - what? - impressive? scary? intimidating? There is more than a hint of a sacrificial rite here.

I do not mean to overstate the contrast with Orthodox iconography, but if you look thoughtfully at Orthodox icons of the feast, the composition is much more intimate, warmer, there is less a sense of what a brave little girl Mary must be, and more a sense of welcome in her entrance into the temple. She stands, or moves, not in the midst of a great distance from both her parents and the temple priests, but within the realm of their touch. All the participants in the story are close together, leaning in towards one another, almost touching, and the handing over is something personal, intimate and reverent.

One kind of entrance is like entering a stadium, or going on stage. The other is much more like arriving to the welcome of a friendly family dinner party. People can experience their encounter with the Church both ways, can't they? What is our entrance into the Church like?

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

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Schedule of Services Nativity Fast Continues
November 25
9:30 AM Service @ Crestview
6:15 PM Vespers @ Cathedral

Thursday, November 26
10:00 AM Akathist "Glory to God for All Things"

Friday, November 27
5:30 PM Casillas Baptism

Saturday, November 28
10:00 AM Moskalenko Baptism
11:30 AM Harrison Baptism
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer @ Cathedral
5:00 PM Great Vespers @ Cathedral

Sunday, November 29
26th Sunday after Pentecost
7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas for Mary Brinda @ Cathedral Chapel
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (Slavonic) @ Cemetery Chapel
11:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

6:15 PM Vespers (Apostle Andrew) @ Cathedral

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

This Week's EventsNativity Fast Continues
, November 23
Church Office Closed
NO Perohi

Tuesday, November 24
NO Perohi
6:00 PM Stretcherise
7:00 PM Balalaika

Wednesday, November 25
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
NO Slovak Class I
NO Choir Rehearsal
NO Slovak Class II

Thursday, November 26
Parish Center Closed

Friday, November 27
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, November 28
Potluck Advent Talk following Vespers

Sunday, November 29
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Youth Choir @ Music Room

7:30 PM Floor Hockey @ Gym


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