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St. John of the Ladder

In his famous spiritual classic, the Ladder of Divine Ascent, St. John teaches us that our ascetic effort, our striving for virtue, is a sort of climb, a climb that we make as an expression - a necessary expression - of our faith, hope and love.

We are to struggle against wickedness and selfishness, and cultivate virtue, because the Lord says: If you love me, keep my commandments. So we strive to keep the commandments, to overcome vice and pursue virtue, out of our love for Him. The effort shapes our character and helps to open us up to grace, salvation, the Kingdom of God.

At the end of the day, however, we discover that it is not so much our climbing, this important effort, that brings us to where we need to be, but rather that it is the Lord's grace that brings whatever virtue we have to its fruition. We are not saved by our effort, but our striving puts us in a position to receive His grace, similar to the way cultivated soil is able to receive critical, life-giving moisture.

Indeed, according to St. John - and as clearly seen in the icon of today's feast - even the one who perseveres in all the virtues discovers that at the very top of the Ladder there is an unbridgeable gap between it and the Kingdom of God, a gap that can only be overcome by the hand of the Lord, Who reaches down to save us and bring us home.

- Fr. Andrew


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

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Schedule of Services
Fifth Week of Great Lent
, March 24
12:00 PM Festal Vespers (Annunciation)
6:15 PM Festal Matins

March 25
9:00 AM Vesperal Liturgy
6:15 PM Typika (followed by Confessions)

Thursday, March 26
10:30 AM Service @ Chandler

Friday, March 27
8:00 AM Confessions
9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy
6:00 PM Confessions
7:00 PM Akathist Hymn

Saturday, March 28
Akathist Saturday
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
4:00 PM Confessions
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

, March 29
St. Mary of Egypt

7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
9:00 am Divine Liturgy (Slavonic) @ Cemetery Chapel
11:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 PM Lenten Vespers @ Holy Myrrbearers Mission, 601 Seventh Ave. S., St. Cloud, 320-656-1200

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

This Week's Events
Fifth Week of Great Lent
, March 23
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, March 24
8:30 AM Perohi
1:30 PM Staff Meeting
6:00 PM Stretchersize
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
6:00 PM Slovak Class II
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 25
10:30 AM Wednesday Crew
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 27
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales
Lenten Dinner & Talk follows service

Saturday, March 28
8:00 AM Women’s Club Bread Baking CANCELLED
10:30 AM Deanery Meeting
1-6:00 PM Altar Server Meeting

Sunday, March 29
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:06 AM St. Mary’s Veteran’s Association @ Fr. Andrew’s Office
11:50 AM Youth Choir @ Music Room

7:30 PM Floor Hockey @ Gym


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