St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Longinus the Centurion fresco

St Longinus the Centurion

O Longinus, you beheld the King of Glory who was nailed to the Cross,
yet shone on those in darkness.
You were enlightened by Him and became a martyr and intercede to save those who cry:
Glory to Him who gave you strength! Glory to Him who granted you a crown!
Glory to Him who through you grants healing to all! (Troparion)

St Longinus the Centurion, as an agent of the army and Roman administration of Jerusalem, stood guard during the crucifixion of Christ, but he ended up confessing Jesus as the Son of God.

According to tradition, he was himself martyred as the outcome of his confession. His story is treasured by the Church, we are reminded by it that God's grace comes to anyone who sincerely desires and asks for it. Yes - even such as St Longinus, who was complicit in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. The possibility of turning to God - to have an ultimately fruitful encounter with His grace, to be transformed - this possibility is available to all, and this hope, this optimism, is a basic teaching of Christian faith.

Here the new faith of this pagan soldier allowed him to give his life for Christ, to join the noble company of martyrs. And so he is remembered in the life of the Church and we celebrate the miracle and grace of his witness.

- Fr. Andrew


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of Services Wednesday, October 19
6:15 PM Great Vespers

Thursday, October 20
St. Matrona of Chios
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 22
12:00 PM Sturm Baptism
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

Sunday, October 23
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Apostle James
7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

9:00 AM Slavonic Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel

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

This Week's EventsMonday, October 17
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi Making
7:00 PM Male Choir

Tuesday, October 18
8:30 AM Perohi Making
6:00 PM Stretcherise
6:00 PM Strategic PMC Meeting
No Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, October 19
5:30 PM Slovak Class I
6:30 PM Slovak Class II
7:00 PM Choir Meeting
7:30 PM Slovak Class III

Friday, October 21
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales

Sunday, October 23
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Youth Choir @ Music Room


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