St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Sunday of the Cross

Lent is our self-crucifixion, our experience, limited as it is, of Christ's commandment heard in the Gospel lesson of that Sunday: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Mark 8:34).

But we can not take up our cross and follow Christ unless we have His Cross which He took up in order to save us. It is His Cross, not ours, that saves us. It is His Cross that gives not only meaning but also power to others.

This is explained to us in the synaxarion of the Sunday of the Cross: On this Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the veneration of the honorable and Life-Giving Cross, and for this reason: inasmuch as in the forty days of fasting we in a way crucify ourselves… and become bitter and despondent and failing, the Life-Giving Cross is presented to us for refreshment and assurance, for remembrance of our Lord's Passion, and for comfort…

We are like those following a long and cruel path. who become tired, see a beautiful tree and many leaves, sit in its shadow and rest for a while and then, as if rejuvenated, continue their journey; likewise today, in the time of fasting and difficult journey and effort, the Life-Giving Cross was planted in our midst by the holy fathers to give us rest and refreshment, to make us light and courageous for the remaining task… Or, to give another example: when a king is coming, at first his banner and symbols appear, then he himself comes glad and rejoicing about his victory and filling with joy those under him; likewise, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is about to show us His victory over death, and appear to us in the glory of the Resurrection Day, is sending to us in advance His scepter, the royal symbol—the Life-Giving Cross – and it fills us with joy and makes us ready to meet, inasmuch as it is possible for us, the King himself, and to render glory to His victory…

All this in – the midst of Lent which is like a bitter source because of its tears, because also of its efforts and despondency…but Christ comforts us who are as it were in a desert until He shall lead us up to the spiritual Jerusalem by His Resurrection… for the Cross is called the Tree of Life, it is the tree that was planted in Paradise, and for this reason our fathers have planted it in the midst of Holy Lent, remembering both Adam's bliss and how he was deprived of it, remembering also that partaking of this Tree we no longer die but are kept alive…

- Father Alexander Schmemann


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
Wednesday, March 14
9:00 a.m. Presanctified (Cathedral Chapel)
6:15 p.m. Lenten Vespers (Cathedral Chapel)

Friday, March 16
8:30 a.m. Confessions
9:00 a.m. Presanctified (Cathedral Chapel)
6 p.m. Ninth Hour and Confessions
6:30 p.m. Presanctified

Saturday, March 17
4:00 p.m. Confessions
5:00 p.m. Vigil @ Cathedral

Sunday, March 18
4th Sunday of Great Lent

St. John Climacus + Parastas Sunday
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas (memorial service) for John Aguilar, John & Eileen Keen, Janet Memorich, Subdn. George & Helen Nepsha, Gregory Super, Martha M. Grivna, Joseph H. Grivna, Visitation Group: Mary Gaydos, Marge Vajda, Ed Parr, Betty Homzik, Pauline Rusinyak, Phyllis Podany, Marion Sivanich, Telesphore Peltier, Gloria Tarasar, Sharon Rusinak @ Cathedral Chapel
9:00 a.m. Slavonic Service @ Cemetery Chapel
11:00 a.m. 2nd Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers @ St. George's Antiochian


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

This Week's EventsGREAT LENT
, March 12
Parish Center Closed
8:30 Perohi
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 13
8:30 Perohi
NO Stretchercise
6:00 p.m. Boris-Hansen Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 14
5:30 p.m. Slovak Class 1
6:30 p.m. Slovak Class 2
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 15
7:00 p.m. Ethnic Dance Company

Friday, March 16
11-2:00 p.m. Perohi Sales
Saints Lenten Dinner follows Presanctified

Saturday, March 17
8:00 a.m. Women’s Club Baking
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir

Sunday, March 18
10:30 a.m. Women’s Club Bread Sale @ Parish Center
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 a.m. Carpathian Children’s Dance Practice @ PreK Room

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gym


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