St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


The Good Samaritan
Humility, Forbearance, and Patience

So a great deal of hard work and patience are needed until this old foundation of pride is dug up, and another foundation is set with Christ's humility and obedience. - Elder Joseph the Hesychast (Letters)

The Elder Joseph tells us that difficult people can be important for us. They are useful in our struggle to grow in the virtues, including patience, to the degree that we strive to not write them off, become angry, or feel superior to them. Our interaction with them can be a school for our humility and forbearance. Patience takes effort.

When we hear the word patience, we often think about it in terms of waiting. Waiting for something; patiently putting up with things. But there is more to patience than just this rather passive state. Patience also involves an active forbearance. This means the willingness to put up with difficult, challenging, inconvenient, and disagreeable things in light of - and in pursuit of - greater things.

Those striving, with God's help, to master their fallen selves do more than just wait. They strive to restrain impatience, to overcome their anger and frustration. They strive to be more like God, Who we are so often told in scripture is slow to anger.

God is patient with us! In today's epistle, the Apostle Paul calls himself the worst of sinners, but the perfect patience of Jesus Christ mercifully put up with him - the proud persecutor of Christians - so that eventually he could be an example to all. I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. The sinner repents, is converted, becomes a witness, inspires all who seek salvation. The great mercy of God is that His love for us rests upon His patience.

- Fr. Andrew


Service cancellation policy:

  • No one should travel to church for services if the road conditions are dangerous.
  • No services will be cancelled.
  • Those who cannot get to services should instead stay home, give thanks to God, be happy that at least a priest and a chanter are singing the services and praying for them.
  • Good church etiquiette also suggests staying home if you are sick or feel like you are coming down with an illness.

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 Confessions are heard after weekday evening services, during or after Vespers on Saturday evenings, on Sunday mornings before Liturgy, or by appointment.

, February 10
6:15 PM Vespers

Thursday, February 11
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 13
10:00 AM Byrd Baptism @ Cathedral
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer @ Cathedral
5:00 PM Great Vespers @ Cathedral

Sunday, February 14
Zacchaeus Sunday
7:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (Slavonic) @ Cemetery Chapel

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

This Week's EventsMonday, February 8
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi
7:00 PM Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 9
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Stretcherise
6:00 PM Endowment Finance Meeting
7:00 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 10
9:00 AM Wednesday Crew
5:30 PM Faith Night
6:00 PM Slovak Class I
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM Slovak Class II

Friday, February 12
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales

Saturday, February 13
1:00 PM Youth Music Workshop
3:30 PM Saints Set-up Dinner
6:00 PM Valentine Chicken Dinner sponsored by the Saints

Sunday, February 14
10:45 AM St. Mary’s Saints Meeting @ Saints Room
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Children’s Carpathian Dance Practice @ PreK Room

7:30 PM Floor Hockey @ Gym


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