St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Services are streaming live.
See the week's schedule below for links

“I behold a strange, most glorious mystery! Heaven—the cave! The cherubic throne—the Virgin! The manger—the place where Christ lay, the uncontainable God, Whom we magnify in song!” (Ninth Ode of the Nativity Canon)

Everything is much more than the familiar. It is a mystery that is glorious and strange, blinding and unfamiliar, radiant and new. Nothing is precisely as it seems, but incomparably more profound, infinitely more holy, and indescribably more divine than anything the human mind can grasp. God becomes man. For our sake, the pre-eternal God is born a young child. All the rules of logic, all the rules of the creation, all the rules for all things human melt before the fire of divinity that burns, but does not consume, that is majestic, yet humble, and that is our salvation. The Christmas story is not meant to just warm our hearts. It is meant to inflame us   with divine love, to cause us to embrace the humility of Christ and become humble ourselves, to embrace the impossibility of the union of heaven and earth and to become earthly angels and heavenly men and women. It should fill us with boldness in an inhospitable world, spontaneity to look and see where the young child is laid, and a readiness to follow the star of Christ’s truth wherever it may lead us. All of this is possible if we but humble our hearts and seek to worship Christ, praying that He gives us new eyes to behold, not just the familiar story, but the strange and glorious mystery of God becoming a child, so that we who are in so many ways still children might become gods by grace, coheirs in Christ’s heavenly kingdom. A strange, most glorious mystery, indeed!

~ Bishop Alexis (Trader) of Alaska


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 livestreamed (links available on the our website).
* 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 on our website:

With the lifting of the mask mandate for Minneapolis, the Cathedral no longer requires masks to be worn. Masks are welcome, however, and we ask that everyone follow good sense if they have any symptoms. The use of hand sanitizers and social distancing are still considered to be helpful. 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!

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

Nativity Fast continues through December 24

Monday, December 5
6:15 PM Great Vespers and Litiya

, December 6
St. Nicholas
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
5:00-8:00 PM Tich Visitation (Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel)
7:00 PM  Tich Parastas

, December 7
10:00 AM Tich Visitation @ Cathedral
11:00 AM Tich Funeral @ Cathedral
6:15 PM Vespers  CANCELLED

, December 8
St. Patapius of Thebes
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy  CANCELLED

Friday, December 9
6:30 PM Advent Concert Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, December 10
5:00 PM Great Vespers
7:00 PM Advent Concert
8:30 PM Concert Reception

Sunday, December 11 - 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of the Forefathers
7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ 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
Nativity Fast continues through December 24

, December 5
Cathedral Office Closed
9:00 AM Perohi Making

, December 6
10:30 AM Perohi Making (following Liturgy)

, December 7
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 8
7:30 PM Adult Bible Study

, December 9
6:30 PM Advent Concert Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, December 10
7:00 PM Advent Concert
8:30 PM Concert Reception

Sunday, December 11
10:30 AM Coffee Hour @ Parish Center
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:45 AM Yolka/Christmas Program @ Gym
12:30 PM Yolka Reception Lunch @ Parish Center


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