St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

St. Nino, Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia
(January 14)

On the Leave-taking of the Feast of Theophany, we also celebrate the repose of the much beloved St. Nino (also known as Nina) of Georgia. She was related to both the Great Martyr George (on her father's side) and to the Bishop of Jerusalem (on her mother's side). Her parents were well to do citizens in Cappadocia, but had embraced the ascetic life, and Nino was educated under the direction of the Bishop. Having heard about the people of the Caucasus, the young Nino formed the desire to travel and evangelize them. She had a vision of the Mother of God, who promised to lead her in this purpose. Through God's providence, Nino found herself in Armenia and the Georgian lands, and attracted much interest and love. Eventually, she baptized King Mirian, Queen Nana, and their son Bakar, and over the years traveled throughout Georgia, converting its people to Christ.

St. Nino is well-known for demonstrating the Cross by fashioning one from the shoots of a grape-vine, tied with her hair. This form of the Cross remains popular in Georgia and for Orthodox Christians generally. The grape vine is a common motif in Orthodoxy, for the Lord Himself says: "I am the true vine,... and you are the branches". Thus this Cross connects Nino with the fruit-bearing vine of the Gospels. It is a symbol of evangelical teaching - the new wine of the new covenant - and it is explicitly Eucharistic. It also reminds us of the cup of martyrdom, an enduring dimension of the Orthodox faith held by the Georgian people. Georgia may well be the birth-place of cultivated grapes and wine-making, these have given shape to much of the living landscape! When Nino wrapped her hair about the cross, it was a sign that she had chosen to submit to God, and not to men, and that she offered her life in service to God. The original Cross is a sacred relic of the Georgian Church, and it has been under threat from many invaders and persecutors of the faithful. Moved from place to place for safety over many centuries, at the beginning of the 19th century the Cross was placed in a silver case at the Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi, next to the north pillar of the sanctuary, and may be venerated to this day.

St. Nino reposed in the then remote Bodbe gorge, not far from Sighnagi (the home of many of our friends from Pheasant's Tears and Zedashe) about 340 AD. A small monastery was soon established, which grew through the middle ages despite attacks by the Persians, and it became a major center of royal patronage, theological education, a library, and place of philanthropy. The fortunes of the Bodbe monastery varied considerably throughout the 19th century, and it was closed by the Soviets in 1924. Restored in 1991, the convent is now a flourishing center of Orthodox life and again a pilgrimage center focused on the tomb of St. Nino! By her prayers, Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us!

- (adapted from various sources)


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 Services
Wednesday, January 17
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, January 18
Sts. Athanasius and Cyril
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Friday, January 19
Julian Calendar Theophany
9:00 a.m. Slavonic Liturgy & Blessing of Water @ Cemetery Chapel
3:30 p.m. Wedding: Goldsmith & Bjornnes @ Cathedral

Saturday, January 20
4:00 p.m. Youth Choir
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers @ Cathedral
General Confession to follow

Sunday, January 21
33rd Sunday after Pentecost

Zacchaeus Sunday + Parastas Sunday
7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas (Memorial Service): Gregory Vados, John Vados, Resa Ellison, Celerina Gonzalez, Josiah Griffin

9:00 a.m. Slavonic Service @ Cemetery Chapel


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

This Week's Events
, January 15
Parish Center Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 16
8:30 a.m. Perohi
6:00 p.m. Stretchercise
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 17
5:30 p.m. Slovak Class 1
6:30 p.m. Slovak Class 2
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 19
11-2:00 p.m. Perohi Sales

Sunday, January 21
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:00 a.m. Purity Talk: 6-11th Graders, parents welcome @ Cathedral
11:50 a.m. Children’s Carpathian Dance Practice @ Pre-K room
12:00 p.m. Women’s Club cooking for FOCUS @ Kitchen

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gym


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