St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Sunday of the Prodigal Son

On the third Sunday of preparation for Lent, we hear the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Together with the hymns on this day, the parable reveals to us the time of repentance as man’s return from exile. The prodigal son, we are told, went to a far country and there spent all that he had.

A far country! It is this unique definition of our human condition that we must assume and make ours as we begin our approach to God. A man who has never had that experience, be it only very briefly, who has never felt that he is exiled from God and from real life, will never understand what Christianity is about. And the one who is perfectly “at home” in this world and its life, who has never been wounded by the nostalgic desire for another Reality, will not understand what is repentance.

Repentance is often simply identified as a cool and “objective” enumeration of sins and transgressions, as the act of “pleading guilty” to a legal indictment. Confession and absolution are seen as being of a juridical nature. But something very essential is overlooked – without which neither confession nor absolution have any real meaning or power. This “something” is precisely the feeling of alienation from God, from the joy of communion with Him, from the real life as created and given by God. It is easy indeed to confess that I have not fasted on prescribed days, or missed my prayers, or become angry. It is quite a different thing, however, to realize suddenly that I have defiled and lost my spiritual beauty, that I am far away from my real home, my real life, and that something precious and pure and beautiful has been hopelessly broken in the very texture of my existence. Yet this, and only this, is repentance, and therefore it is also a deep desire to return, to go back, to recover that lost home…

 ~ Fr. Alexander Schmemann


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 ServicesMonday, February 17
4:00-7:00 p.m. Sothern Visitation @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel
7:00 p.m. Sothern Parastas

Tuesday, February 18
10:00 a.m. Sothern Visitation @ Cathedral
11:00 a.m. Sothern Funeral @ Cathedral
4:00-7:30 p.m. Weise (Tarasar) Visitation @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel

Wednesday, February 19
10:00 a.m. Weise (Tarasar) Visitation @ Cathedral
11:00 a.m. Weise (Tarasar) Funeral @ Cathedral
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, February 20
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 22
5:00 p.m. Vespers

Sunday, February 23
36th Sunday after Pentecost
Meatfare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgement)
7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral


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

This Week's EventMonday, February 17
Church Office Closed
NO Perohi

, February 18
NO Perohi
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 19
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 21
11-2 p.m. Perohi Sales

Sunday, February 23
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center (Gymnasium reserved for Pre-K Class)
7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gymnasium


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