St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Nun-Martyr Maria of Paris (July 20)

Born in 1891 in Latvia, she was given the name Elizaveta. Her father died when she was a teenager, and she embraced atheism. In 1906 her mother took the family to St. Petersburg, where she became involved in radical intellectual circles. In 1910 she married a Bolshevik. During this period of her life she was actively involved in literary circles and wrote much poetry. By 1913 her marriage had ended. She began to be drawn back into Christianity, and moved with her daughter, to the south of Russia where her religious devotion increased.

In 1918, after the Bolshevik Revolution, she was elected deputy mayor of the town of Anapa in Southern Russia. When the White Army took control of Anapa, the mayor fled and she became mayor of the town. The White Army put her on trial for being a Bolshevik. However, the judge was a former teacher of hers and she was acquitted. The two fell in love and were married.

In order to avoid danger, Elizaveta, and her family fled the country. She was pregnant with her second child. They traveled first to Georgia (where her son Yuri was born) and then to Yugoslavia (where her daughter Anastasia was born). Finally they arrived in Paris in 1923. Soon Elizaveta was dedicating herself to theological studies and social work. In 1926, Anastasia died of influenza—a heartbreaking event for the family. Elizaveta's marriage was falling apart and she moved into central Paris to work more directly with those who were most in need.

Her bishop encouraged her to take vows as a nun, something she did only with the assurance that she would not have to live in a monastery, secluded from the world. In 1932, with her husband's permission, an ecclesiastical divorce was granted and she took monastic vows. In religion she took the name Maria. Her confessor was Father Sergius Bulgakov. Later, Fr. Dmitri Klepinin would be sent to be the chaplain of the house. Mother Maria made a rented house in Paris her "convent". It was a place with an open door for refugees, the needy and the lonely. It also soon became a center for intellectual and theological discussion. In Mother Maria these two elements—service to the poor and theology—went hand-in-hand.

When the Nazis took Paris in World War II, Jews soon approached the house asking for baptismal certificates, which Father Dimitri would provide them. Many Jews came to stay with them. They provided shelter and helped many escape. Eventually the house was closed down. Mother Maria, Fr. Dimitri, Yuri, and Sophia were all taken by the Gestapo. Fr. Dimitri and Yuri both died at the prison camp in Dora. Mother Maria was sent to the camp in Ravensbrück, Germany. On Holy Saturday, 1945, Mother Maria was taken to the gas chamber and entered eternal life. It is suggested that she took the place of another who had been selected for that death.

(adapted from Orthodoxwiki)


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 10, 2017, at the Annunciation (Cemetery) Chapel, 3025 Stinson Blvd, St. Anthony, through the beginning of September.

Schedule of Services
, July 17
Royal Martyrs
8:00 AM Slavonic Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel

Tuesday, July 18
6:00 PM Podany Parastas @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel

, July 19
9:00 AM Podany Visitation
10:00 AM Podany Funeral
6:15 PM Great Vespers

Thursday, July 20
Prophet Elijah
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, July 22
5:00 PM Great Vespers @ Cemetery Chapel

Sunday, July 23
7th Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
3:00 PM Lickwar/Bernardi Wedding @ Cathedral


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

This Week's Event
, July 17
Parish Center Closed
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Taste of NE Festival Committee

Tuesday, July 18
8:30 AM Perohi

Wednesday, July 19
5:30 PM Slovak Class I
6:00 PM Stretchercise
7:00 PM Sight Singing

Thursday, July 20
7:00 PM Theology on Thursday

Friday, July 21
11-2:00 PM Perohi Sales (Note new hours)

Sunday, July 23
NO Church School for the summer


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