St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Cave Prepare

See, the time of salvation is at hand: Cave prepare, for the Virgin draws near to give birth! Bethlehem, land of Judah, rejoice and be glad, for our Lord has dawned from you! Hearken, mountains and hills and countries around Judea, for Christ is coming to save mankind who He fashioned, for He is the Lover of Mankind!

This pre-festal verse directs the cave, the city of Bethlehem, the land of Judah, the mountains and hills and all countries of the Holy Land to prepare themselves for the coming of Jesus Christ our Savior. Nature is to take notice. Society is to anticipate this great event. The One longed for, sought, foreseen is coming, is almost at hand.

The tone is one of wonder, joy and gladness. And when we hear the world of nature and the nations addressed in this way, we are to understand that these words are not simply a beautiful poetic reflection on events of the past but an encouragement, addressed to us now, to renew our joy and gladness, even a childlike sense of wonder, and to make the effort to prepare ourselves to receive the news of the Lord's birth in an ever-new and ever fruitful way. We are reminded to be attentive and not to be distracted, to be free of distraction so that our love, our need for this love, can respond unreservedly to His love for us.

 ~ Fr. Andrew


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.
All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.
Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of ServicesNativity Fast continues through December 24

December 16
10:00 a.m. H. Kalina Visitation @ Cathedral
11:00 a.m. Kalina Funeral @ Cathedral

, December 18
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, December 19
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m. Vespers

Friday, December 20
7:00 p.m. Vespers

Saturday, December 21
5:00 p.m. Vespers

Sunday, December 22
27th Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday before the Nativity + Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ
7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas (memorial service):  Roy Anderson
7:00 p.m. Vespers (Forefeast of the Nativity) @ Cathedral


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

This Week's EventNativity Fast continues through December 24

, December 16
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, December 17
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 18
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 20
11 am - 2pm Perohi Sales

Sunday, December 22
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 a.m. Youth Choir @ Parish Center
7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gymnasium


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