St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral



October 16: Holy Royal Martyr Susanna of Georgia

Saint Shushanik (Susanna) was the wife of the Georgian prince Varsken. Having been raised in a pious Christian family, she was deeply penetrated with love and the fear of God. At that time Georgia was under heavy political pressure from Persia, and Prince Varsken visited Persia in hopes of encouraging more friendly relations between the two countries. He willingly denied the true Faith, converted to the worship of fire, and promised the king to convert his wife and children.

The blessed Shushanik, having learned of her husband’s betrayal, fell to the ground and wept over him, deserted the palace with her four children, and sought refuge in a nearby church. When the prince found his family, he tried to persuade his wife to convert, but Shushanik firmly answered, “As you have renounced your Creator, so I am renouncing you. I will no longer take part in your affairs, no matter what suffering I must endure!” Later she returned to the palace, where she locked herself in with copies of the Holy Gospel and the Lives of the Martyrs. After some time, because she could not bring herself to even share a meal with one who had betrayed Christ, she was beaten mercilessly and fettered in irons. Shushanik spent six years in this captivity. While in prison, she helped the poor that came to her. Through her prayers the sick were healed and children were born to the childless. Before her martyric death, she blessed those around her and requested that she be buried at the place from which her apostate husband had dragged her out of the palace. This happened in the year 475. All the people wept bitterly over Shushanik’s tragic fate. In 578, with the blessing of Catholicos Kirion I, her holy relics were translated to Tbilisi, where they remain today, in the Metekhi Church of the Most Holy Theotokos.

O Holy Shushanik, because of thy husband’s transgression thou wast adorned with a martyr’s crown, and thou didst deny the rank of earthly queen in favor of the Heavenly Kingdom. Now thou dost stand boldly before the Bridegroom, the Immortal Christ. Protect us who praise thy name!

~ adapted from Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze


At the direction of the Archbishop, and following the policies of the State of Minnesota and the Cities of Minneapolis and St. Anthony, it is strongly recommended, whether or vaccinated or not vaccinated, to wear masks at the Cathedral or the Annunciation Chapel. 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!

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, October 20
6:15 PM Vespers

Thursday, October 21
St. Hilarion the Great
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 23
5:00 PM Great Vespers

Sunday, October 24 18th Sunday after Pentecost
7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Choir Group: St. Romanos

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
, October 18
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed
7:00 PM Board Meeting

, October 19
Parish Center Closed

Wednesday, October 20
Parish Center Closed
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal (All)

Thursday, October 21
Parish Center Closed
7:15 PM Theology on Thursdays @ Cathedral

Friday, October 22
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, October 23
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed

Sunday, October 24
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center


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