St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral



Lead a Calm and Peaceful Life in All Godliness and Sanctity

If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1: 26 - 27)

At the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom we pray in the Anaphora: Again we offer unto Thee this reasonable worship for the whole world: for the Holy, catholic, and Apostolic Church; for those who live in chastity and holiness of life; for all civil authorities - grant them, O Lord, peaceful times, that we in their tranquility, may lead a calm and peaceful life in all godliness and sanctity.

On those days when we celebrate the Liturgy of Basil the Great, the parallel text reads: Remember, O Lord, this country and all civil authorities; grant them a secure and lasting peace; speak good things into their hearts concerning Thy Church and all Thy people, that we in their tranquility, may lead a calm and peaceful life in all godliness and sanctity.

A more recent translation of the Liturgies published by St. Tikhon's replaces 'peaceful times' with 'good governance'. For Orthodox Christians good governance has usually meant a governance that maintains public peace and the good order or social stability allowing for Christians to live out their lives as Christians. Believers have wanted above all to be left alone, without interference to do what believers must do: worship God according to our understanding, minister to one another within the Body of Christ, act with compassion and kindness to those in need. Rulers and regimes come and go, We'd just like them to allow us to live according to our faith. We know that even for all the attempts over the centuries to create a Christian society, our fallen human nature - selfishness, pride, injustice - always manifests and asserts itself in the form of power struggles, corruption, skullduggery, conflicting claims and violence that so often play out to the detriment of ordinary people, let alone believing subjects or citizens.

Our response, tempered by our collective experience since Apostolic times, has been to pray for peace and stability. We are mindful that the Church has a prophetic dimension that seeks to speak truth to the powers and elites of this world. There are many moving and inspiring examples of such prophetic words. Think of St. John Chrysostom's sharp words to the Empress Eudoxia, or St. Metropolitan Philip of Moscow rebuking Ivan the Terrible. But the prophetic is also problematic. It is very easy to mistake one's own words for truth-speaking, and one's own enthusiasm, the enthusiasm of a group of like-minded people, a sense of righteousness, the ecstasy of indignation, for prophecy. It is a sad fact that delusion is rampant in the arena of grievance where, above all, discernment and humility are needed.  

What we need above all, then, is to prayerfully stir up our love for God, for our neighbor, for those who do not wish us well, and to be intentional in our fasting and good works, works of mercy and of good-will. We need to step away from the many distractions, from talking heads and social media, from all the rhetoric that by definition attempts to manipulate our feelings. Instead: we should cultivate and nurture the quality of our family life and Christian fellowship; to drink more deeply on a personal level from scripture and spiritual writing and being attentive in prayer and worship; to be kind and do good within our reach.

~ Fr. Andrew


Service cancellation policy:

  • No one should travel to church for services if the road conditions are dangerous.
  • No services will be cancelled. Most services will be live streamed (links below).
  • Those who cannot get to services should instead stay home, watch the live stream of the service if possible, and be happy in the knowledge that a priest and a chanter are singing the services and praying for them.
  • Cancellation of services and activities will be posted below.

At this time we are closed for public worship at the Cathedral and the Annunciation chapel. A limited number of parishioners are able to reserve space for Sunday morning services using our reservation platform. Weekday services and Saturday Vespers do not require a reservation.

Activities at the parish center are canceled until further notice, and the parish center is closed. 

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  (Galatians 6:2)

Schedule of ServicesAll services listed below will be closed but will be live streamed at

Tuesday, January 19
4:30 pm Stenach Parastas @ Cathedral (Masks required)
5:00 - 8:00 pm Stenach Visitation @ Cathedral (Masks required)

Wednesday, January 20
10:00-11:00 am Stenach Visitation @ Cathedral (Masks required)
11:00 am Stenach Funeral @ Cathedral (Masks required)
6:15 pm Vespers

Thursday, January 21
Venerable Maximus the Confessor
9:00 am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, January 23
5:00 pm Vigil

Sunday, January 24
33rd Sunday after Pentecost
Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg
8:00 am* Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
9:00 am Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
10:00 am Typika & Church School: High School @ gym

* Note time change back to 8:00 am
* Note change back to Church School

If you missed any of the live streaming services you can go to the playlist to replay them by clicking here


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

This Week's EventsMonday, January 18
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed
7:00 pm Board Meeting

, January 19
Parish Center Closed

Wednesday, January 20
Parish Center Closed

Thursday, January 21
Parish Center Closed

Friday, January 22
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, January 23
Parish Center Closed

Sunday, January 24
10:00 am Church School - High School @ Gym (Click here for details).


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