St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral




God has gone up with a shout! The Lord with the sound of the trumpet!

June has two great feasts this year: the Ascension and then Pentecost. The movement from the Ascension to Pentecost expresses in time our experience of the Divine Liturgy. When we celebrate the eucharist we ascend liturgically, mysteriously, sacramentally into the realm of heavenly worship, the Kingdom of God - and then there is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us and the gifts of bread and wine that we have offered. In short: we ascend with Christ; we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Like our Chrismation at Baptism, our participation in Communion is a personal Pentecost; the Holy Spirit makes Christ present for us and in us. Sacrament and liturgy in their respective ways make the saving pattern of ascent and descent alive in our lives. It is at the heart of Christian experience.

Our pre-Communion prayers touch on this personal, eucharistic appropriation of the Ascension and Pentecost:

Through Thy glorious ascension Thou didst make the flesh which Thou didst assume divine, and placed it on a throne at the Father's right hand. Grant me to receive a place at the right hand with the saved through communion of Thy holy mysteries.

Through the coming of Thy Spirit, the Comforter, Thou didst make Thy consecrated disciples to be honorable vessels. Show me also to be the receptacle of His coming.

~ Fr. Andrew


At the direction and with the blessing of the Archbishop, and following the policies of the State of Minnesota and the Cities of
Minneapolis and St. Anthony, there is no longer a requirement for wearing masks at the Cathedral or the Annunciation Chapel. Our church singers will continue to wear masks for a while. Although it is suggested that unvaccinated people be masked indoors, the responsibility for masking will be entirely yours. Likewise, while the use of hand sanitizers and social distancing are still considered to be helpful, it is up to each person to attend to these things. We are very grateful - before God and to our parish community - for our overall safety and stability through these long, difficult months! We look forward to seeing you!

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 ServicesServices listed below will be live streamed at

Wednesday, June 16
6:15 PM Vespers

Thursday, June 17
Afterfeast of Ascension
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, June 19
5:00 PM Vigil

Sunday, June 20 Holy Pentecost
Parastas Sunday + Father's Day
8:15 AM Chara Chrismation @ Cathedral
8:30 AM Divine Liturgy & Vespers with Kneeling Prayers @ Cemetery Chapel
(Note that during the Summer Sunday Divine Liturgies at
the Cemetery Chapel will start at 8:30 AM)
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy & Vespers with Kneeling Prayers @ Cathedral
Flowers for Pentecost are in loving memory of John & Irene Guhanick from Rachel Guhanick.
Parastas: Helen & Allan Kline and Joseph Lasho @ Cathedral

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 Events

, June 14
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed
7:00 PM Board Meeting

, June 15
Parish Center Closed

Wednesday, June 16
Parish Center Closed

Thursday, June 17
Parish Center Closed

Friday, June 18
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, June 19
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed

Sunday, June 20
No Church School for summer


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