St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Let Light Shine Out of Darkness

For it is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ...knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence... So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4)

We are in the time between the Transfiguration (August 6) and the Dormition (August 15). Both these feasts are connected with death. The event connected with the first clearly anticipates the humiliation and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The second commemorates the death of the Mother of God.

We are told in the liturgical hymns for the feast of the Transfiguration that the purpose of this theophany on Mount Tabor was to give an experience, a memory, an understanding to Peter, James and John, a hope to see them through the week of the Passion and the death of the Savior: Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary…(Kontakion for the Transfiguration)

The Dormition is a death that becomes a gift, a gift of hope, because it reveals that death is no longer the master of our life, but is itself subject to the power of the love of God in Christ. It is as if the theory of Resurrection is here manifest and demonstrated in practice. The reality and power of the resurrection of Christ is applied to our common human life in the person of the Mother of God. What is proclaimed as Gospel - the risen Christ, the Lord of Life, trampling down death by death - is experienced here in the reality of our new life in Christ. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb. (Kontakion for the Dormition)

Both are therefore above all feasts of hope. The hope of the Transfiguration is that in spite of appearances, the Lord is Lord, and on the other side of His betrayal, suffering and death is His resurrection, ascension and glorification - into which we are called to share. The hope of the Dormition is that in spite of appearances, death is for believers a falling asleep, a letting go in an act of love and trust, a departure or 'translation' into the arms of the risen and glorified Life-Giver.

- Fr. Andrew



All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted, with the exception of Vespers on Saturdays at 5 pm and 8:30 Sunday morning Divine Liturgy, beginning June 3, 2018, at the Annunciation (Cemetery) Chapel, 3025 Stinson Blvd, St. Anthony, through the beginning of September.

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Schedule of ServicesThe fast for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is August 1-14

Tuesday, August 13
6:15 p.m. Festal Vigil

, August 15
Dormition of the Theotokos
9:00 a.m. Festal Liturgy
(Blessing of Flowers & Herbs)
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, August 16
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, August 18
10:00 a.m. Blessing of Animals @ Cathedral (parking lot)
3:00 p.m. Curry/Stultz Wedding @ Cathedral
5:00 p.m. Vigil @ Cemetery Chapel

Sunday, August 19
12th Sunday after Pentecost
Afterfeast of the Dormition & Parastas Sunday

8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Annuciation (Cemetery) Chapel
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas: Andre Peregrin, Elaine Jurichko

10:00 a.m. Slavonic Service @ Annunciation Chapel 3025 Stinson Blvd



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

This Week's EventsThe fast for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God is August 1-14

Monday, August 13
Church Office Closed
9:00 a.m. VBS
7:00 p.m. Church Board

Tuesday, August 14
9:00 a.m. VBS
6:30 p.m. Iconography Group Meeting

Wednesday, August 15
9:00 a.m. VBS

Thursday, August 16
9:00 a.m. VBS

Friday, August 17
9:00 a.m. VBS
11:00-2:00 Perohi Sales

Sunday, August 19
NO Church School


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