St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral



September 20: Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

Immediately preceding the text of our reading from Mark today, speaking specifically to His disciples the Lord foretells His suffering, rejection, death, and resurrection. Peter seems to have been upset by this teaching - perhaps he felt it was not the sort of message to recommend itself in attracting followers - and he rebuked Jesus for it, but the Lord speaks quite sharply to him to put him in his place. Peter is concerning himself with worldly things and missing those things, those truths of God, that are truly important.

It is at this point that the Lord turns to the crowd and says "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it" (Mark 8:34-35). The grace and love of God are abundant and free, but they do not come cheaply. There is a cost to discipleship, and that cost is a very steep one. But the cost is well worth it: " For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?" (Mark 8:36-37).

To bear the cross is a necessary part of discipleship, because the Master Himself has taken up the cross for us. We strive to make the crosses of our life a way in which we participate in His Cross, His redemptive co-suffering love. In doing so, we can discover that God's love for us is known above all in times of trial, of suffering, and weakness.

~ Fr. Andrew


At this time we are closed for public worship at the Cathedral and the Annunciation chapel. A limited number of parishioners are able to reserve space for Sunday morning services using our reservation platform. Weekday services and Saturday Vespers do not require a reservation.

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 ServicesAll services listed below will be closed but will be live streamed at

Sunday, September 20
5:00-8:00 p.m. Vanusek Visitation @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel

Monday, September 21
10:00 a.m. Vanusek Visitation @ Cathedral (Masks required)
11:00 a.m. Vanusek Funeral @ Cathedral (Masks required)
Live streamed at

Wednesday, September 23
6:15 p.m. Vespers

Thursday, September 24
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
10:30 a.m. Lundberg Visitation @ Cathedral (Masks required)
11:30 a.m. Lundberg Funeral @ Cathedral (Masks required)

Saturday, September 26
5:00 p.m. Vigil

Sunday, September 27
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Venerable Savvatii Wonderworker of Solovki
8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
9:00 a.m. 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 EventsMonday, September 21
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed

, September 22
Parish Center Closed

Wednesday, September 23
Parish Center Closed

Thursday, September 24
Parish Center Closed

Friday, September 25
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, September 26
Parish Center Closed

Sunday, September 27
10:00 a.m. Church School (Pod 1; Click here for details) @ gym


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