St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


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St. Mary of Egypt
Fresco, c. 1790
St. Mary of Egypt

On this Sunday, we commemorate this woman whose profound repentance and asceticism has always captured the imagination of believers and inspired them in their own struggle with sin and fallen passions. She is one of the most beloved and well known of our saints. So too, the familiar figure of Fr. Zossima, whose testimony is the foundation of the Life of St Mary of Egypt which we were encouraged to read in the fifth week of the Great Fast, and of course the wonderful, tender-hearted and helpful lion!

It is precisely because of her profound repentance that St. Mary has become an important element in our lenten journey. The Church holds her up as a model for our own repentance, pricking our conscience with her story, and reminding us to embrace our repentance with sense of urgency.

Since the sins that St. Mary repented of, the sexual sins which rendered her unable to enter the Church in Jerusalem with other pilgrims in order to venerate the Holy Cross, are sins which remain today so common, and so publicly obvious in our culture and even widely accepted, and one aspect of which - pornography - is potent enough and available enough to generate well over $10 billion dollars in annual revenue (according to some US statistics). This Sunday is perhaps a good time to say something about at least this kind of sexual sin.

We know that pornography is a predatory evil, looking to exploit weakness and vulnerability. While the concept of sin - as anything that serves to separate us from God - is foreign to it, even the secular world increasingly realizes the inherent dangers of pornography and the pornographication of our society. The excellent web-site forcefully and factually makes these important points: pornography changes the brain, kills love, warps ideas about sex, is like a drug, is addictive, escalates, ruins your sex life, leads to violence, leaves you lonely, destroys the lives of those who work in it, affects your behavior, hurts your partner, hates marriage and families, is a lie. In short, pornography is dangerous and it is destructive. Those who invest and produce it are wicked and vicious. Those who consume it are both victimized and defiled. And if we love someone - our spouse, our children, our siblings, our neighbor - we must be aware of the threat and be vigilant. Unfortunately, we have been half asleep while the pornographication of our culture has been accomplished.

The way forward for those who suffer can sometimes be difficult, but it begins - as in the case of all sin - in recognizing sin and coming to our senses, with repentance. St. Mary of Egypt, through her intercessions and example, is a beacon of our hope: through her prayers may the grace of true repentance touch our hearts!

- Fr. Andrew


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

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Schedule of Services
Sixth Week of Great Lent
Wednesday, April 1
8:00 AM Confessions
9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy
6:15 PM Typika (followed by Confessions)

Friday, April 3
8:00 AM Confessions
9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy
6:00 PM Confessions
6:30 PM 9th Hour
7:00 PM Presanctified Liturgy

Saturday, April 4
Lazarus Saturday
7:45 AM Matins
8:00 AM Confessions (2nd Graders and their families)
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
5:00 PM Great Vespers, Blessing of Palms & Pussy Willows
General Confession
6:00 PM Vigil (Slavonic) for Palm Sunday @ Cemetery chapel

, April 5
Palm Sunday

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

2:00 PM Vespers of Palm Sunday @ Cathedral

4:00 PM Bridegroom Matins @ St. Herman’s OCA Church, 5355 38th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-722-2506

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

This Week's Events
Sixth Week of Great Lent
, March 30
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, March 31
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Stretchersize
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
6:00 PM Slovak Class II
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, April 1
10:30 AM Wednesday Crew
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 2
7:00 PM Women’s Club Meeting

Friday, April 3
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales
Lenten Dinner & Talk follows service

Saturday, April 4
Pancake Breakfast for 2nd Graders and their families follows Liturgy
11:00 AM Parish Clean Up

Sunday, April 5
5th Grade Bake Sale @ Dining Hall
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Interior Committee @ Cathedral

7:30 PM Floor Hockey @ Gym


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