St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord (October 23)

Here at the Cathedral, we have a wonderful icon showing the Apostle James celebrating the Divine Liturgy. He was, of course, not only the Brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, but also the leader of the first Christians - the first Bishop of Jerusalem - and as such, the first apostolic celebrant of the Eucharist in the Holy City.

Just as we have Divine Liturgies with the anaphora prayers of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great, so too, there is a Divine Liturgy with an anaphora prayer ascribed to St. James, although its use is limited. Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash) writes that this Liturgy was, until recently, only celebrated on the island of Zakynthos on his feast on 23 October and in Jerusalem on the Sunday after Christmas. It is today, however, celebrated in an increasing number of Orthodox churches.

It was the ancient rite of Jerusalem, as the Mystagogic Catecheses of St. Cyril of Jerusalem imply. It is still, in its Syrian form, the principal liturgy of the Syrian Oriental Church, both in Syriac and in the ancient Syrian Orthodox Church of India, in Malayalam and English.

The hymn at the Great Entrance of the Liturgy of St. James is one that we know from Holy Saturday: Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and with fear and trembling stand. Ponder nothing earthly-minded, Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and with fear and trembling stand. Ponder nothing earthly-minded, for the King of kings and Lord of lords advances to be slain and given as food to the faithful. Before him go the choirs of Angels, with every rule and authority, the many-eyed Cherubim and the six-winged Seraphim, veiling their sight and crying out the hymn: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

- Fr. Andrew


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

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Schedule of Services
Sunday, October 19
5-8:00 PM Kalina Visitation @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel
7:00 PM Parastas

Monday, October 20
9-10:00 AM Kalina Visitation @ Cathedral
10:00 AM Funeral @ Cathedral

Wednesday, October 22
6:15 PM Vespers

, October 23
6:15 PM Vespers

Friday, October 24
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, October 25
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer
5:00 PM Great Vespers

, October 26
20th 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, October 20
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, October 21
6:00 PM Stretchercize with Barb
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
7:00 PM Slovak Class II
7:00 PM MEOCCA Choir Rehearsal
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, October 22
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
5:30 PM Faith Night
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal & Meeting

Friday, October 24
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales

Saturday, October 25
3:30 PM Choir & those interested meet w/ Fr. Sergei Glagolev

Sunday, October 26
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Youth Choir (grades 2 and up) @ Music Room
12:00 PM Choir Banquet @ Elsie’s


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