St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


The Festal Experience

Why it that on a feast day the whole of nature mysteriously smiles? Why is it that then a heavenly gladness fills our hearts; a gladness far beyond that of earth - and the very air in church and in the altar becomes luminous? It is the breath of Thy gracious love (from the Akathist, 'Glory to God for All Things')

.... The feast days of the Church are important because they set the cycle for the entire year and help us grow from one year to the next. Many of us learned about these feasts in Sunday school or catechism classes or through personal reading. But as we know from Pascha, our Orthodox understanding of the feasts as well as our life in Christ is built upon liturgical experience. It is not enough for us to simply learn about these events and their theological significance. We must celebrate them within the liturgical cycle of the church. It is through these special days that the Church brings us the very voice of God. We respond to this voice of His grace and love by letting ourselves be led into the fullness of each service, allowing the words spoken through the Church by that Voice to form us more clearly into His image.

- from Life Transfigured: A Journal of Orthodox Nuns, volume 43, #2 (Summer 2011)


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
, September 23
Conception of the Baptist
6:15 PM Vespers

September 24
Alaskan Martyrs and St. Silouan
6:15 PM Vespers

, September 25
St. Sergius
6:15 PM Vespers

Friday, September 26
St. John the Theologian
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 27
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

, September 28
16th Sunday After Pentecost

7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

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

This Week's Events
Monday, September 22
Church Office Closed
6:00 PM Festival Committee Meeting
7:00 PM Finance Meeting

Tuesday, September 23
6:00 PM Yoga
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
7:00 PM Slovak Class II
7:00 PM MEOCCA Choir Rehearsal
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 24
8:30 AM Holubki Making for the Festival
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM Deanery Meeting

Thursday, September 25
8:30 AM Holubki Making for the Festival

Friday, September 26
8:00 AM-8:00 PM Festival Set-up
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales

Saturday, September 27

Sunday, September 28
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11-11:20 AM every Sunday Perohi Sales @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Youth Choir (Grades 2 and up) @ Music Room


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