St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Hieromartyr Irenaeus of Lyons (August 23)

St. Irenaeus was a native of Asia Minor, a disciple of St. Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, who was himself the disciple of St. John the Theologian.

Irenaeus came to live in Gaul, where commercial interests from the Eastern Mediterranean flourished in the Rhone valley. Business brought Christianity, but Christianity was often persecuted. When the Christian leadership in Gaul was decimated, Irenaeus became bishop of Lyons and Vienne.

Although Christianity was primarily an urban phenomenon, Irenaeus actively evangelized the local countryside. He disputed the attempt of the Roman Church to impose its own method of calculating Pascha on the communities in Asia Minor with their own tradition, thus affirming the possibility of diversity within the unity of the faith.

He is mainly known for his struggle against various forms of Gnosticism, with their characteristic esoteric teachings and implicit dualism. For Irenaeus, the authentic teaching of the Church comes from the apostolic tradition preserved and openly proclaimed in each local Church by the succession of bishops who received the 'rule of truth' from the Apostles themselves.

He was martyred along with 19,000 others in AD 202 under the Emperor Severus. Holy Hieromartyr Irenaeus pray to God for us!

- Fr. Andrew


Services held at the Annunciation (Cemetery) Chapel, are located at 3025 Stinson Blvd, St. Anthony.

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Schedule of Services
August 26
6:15 PM Vespers @ Cathedral

Friday, August 28
6:15 PM Vespers @ Cemetery Chapel

Saturday, August 29
Strict Fast Day
Beheading of St. John the Baptist

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer @ Cathedral
5:00 PM Great Vespers @ Cathedral

Sunday, August 30
13th Sunday after Pentecost
8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
10:10 AM Divine Liturgy (Slavonic) @ Cemetery Chapel

5:00 PM Baptism @ Cathedral

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

This Week's Events
Monday, August 24
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, August 25
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Stretcherize
7:00 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, August 26
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
6:00 PM Festival Meeting

Friday, August 28
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales

Saturday, August 29
Strict Fast Day

Sunday, August 30
Coffee Hour follows Divine Liturgy @ Parish Center


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