St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral



Christ is Risen!

Dear brothers and sisters: Christ is Risen!

The greatest obstacle to celebrating Pascha in all its wonderful depth is a hard heart - a heart like a great stone, sealing our inmost self from the bright radiance of light and life and love and forgiveness.

How heavy these stones are! Stones of fear, anger, bitterness, hatred, indifference, hurt, self-will... Stones that seal us in an airless darkness of selfishness and prevent us from entering into the joy of our Lord's Resurrection and a life refreshed and renewed by glory and hope.

It is in the light of the Resurrection that all these sorry things seem so very petty, so needlessly defensive, so destructive. How can we be mean to others or anxious for ourselves when Christ has risen, death is overcome, and we have been made alive to God in Him? Here - in the Resurrection - is the real meaning of our lives and the true freedom to face ourselves, one another, our future. Rolling away the stone from our hearts is a sort of dying to the fallen andsinful self in light of the Gospel message: if we have died with Him we will surely rise with Him. May the Lord grant us the grace to strive to roll away the stones from our hearts.

May we greet the feast each day, and one another, without hypocrisy and offer true worship to the Lord Jesus Christ as we say: "Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!"

-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 Bright Week
Bright Monday, May 2
9:00 AM Paschal Liturgy (with Youth Procession)

Bright Tuesday
, May 3
9:00 AM Paschal Liturgy
6:15 PM Paschal Vespers

Bright Wednesday
, May 4
6:15 PM Paschal Vespers
7:00 PM Simpson Parastas @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel

Bright Thursday, May 5
9:00 AM Paschal Liturgy
11:00 AM Simpson Visitation @ Cathedral
12:00 PM Simpson Funeral @ Cathedral
6:15 PM Paschal Vespers

Bright Friday, May 6
9:00 AM Paschal Liturgy
6:15 PM Paschal Vespers

Bright Saturday, May 7
St. Alexis
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
11:00 AM Olson Baptism
1:00 PM Dressen Baptism
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

Sunday, May 8
St. Thomas Sunday / Mother’s Day
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
8:00 AM Cathedral Matins
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 EventsBright Week
Bright Monday
, May 2
Church Office Closed
11-1:00 PM Flower Delivery pick up for homebound

Bright Tuesday, May 3
6:00 PM Stretchercise
7:00 PM Balalaika Rehearsal
7:30 PM Men’s Club Meeting

Bright Wednesday, May 4
5:30 PM Family Egg Hunt
5:30 PM Slovak Class I
6:30 PM Slovak Class II
7:30 PM Slovak Class IIl
No Choir Rehearsal

Bright Thursday, May 5
OCF Dinner (follows Vespers)
7:00 PM Women’s Club Meeting

Bright Friday, May 6
NO Perohi Sales
7:00 PM St. Alexis Lecture @ Cathedral
Reception follows @ Parish Center

10:45 AM Saints Meeting @ Saints Room
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center


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