St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Holy Unmercenary Healers

St. Xenia of St Petersburg (January 24)

St. Xenia is a much loved saint, an 18th century Fool-for-Christ. The details of her early life are not know, but as a young woman she was the wife of an intemperate army officer and she was widowed suddenly at the age of 26 when he died suddenly while partying. Her grief was especially disturbed because he died without confession and communion, which for Orthodox Christians is considered a terrible thing.

After this tragedy, Xenia lost interest in the things of this world, and abandoned her former way of life. She gave her house and possessions to the poor and wandered St. Petersburg dressed in her late husband’s clothing, taking his name Andrew, and facing mockery and ridicule for her strange behavior. Hers was a path foolish for the sake of Christ. Eventually her deep wisdom and loving virtue were recognized, above all her foolishness pricked the conscience of many self-satisfied people and led to their repentance.

St. Xenia died at the age of 71 and is buried in the Smolensk cemetery in St Petersburg. Her tomb has been a very popular pilgrimage site since the 1820s. Her heavenly intercessions are particularly prized for those with employment troubles or seeking work, having marriage difficulties or seeking a spouse, the homeless, those who have suffered from fire, and those searching for missing children.

Here at St. Mary's, she is depicted on the north wall of the nave. Holy Mother Xenia, pray to God for us!

- 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.

All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.
Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of ServicesWednesday, January 23
6:15 p.m. Great Vespers

Thursday, January 24
St. Xenia of St. Petersburg
8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, January 26
5:00 p.m. Greeat Vespers

Sunday, January 27
35th Sunday after Pentecost
Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom
Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral



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

This Week's EventsMonday, January 21
Church Office Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 22
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 23
6:00 p.m. Slovak Class
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 25
NO Perohi Sales

Sunday, January 27
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:00 a.m. 'O' Club Spaghetti Dinner @ Dining Room
12:00 p.m. Youth Choir @ Parish Center

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Parish Center Gym


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