St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Sunday of St. John of the Ladder

“Then he [St. John Climacus] specifically speaks about married people. He wants to say in the beginning that, though he is writing for monks, there are people who are living in the world, and he says these people ask him, “What can we do? We have our families, we have our children, we have our duties. We cannot simply radically, totally go off into the desert and live on Mount Sinai in prayer and fasting.” And he says to these people, “I reply to them: Do all the good you can. Do not speak evil of anyone. Do not steal from anyone. Do not lie to anyone. Do not be arrogant toward anyone. Do not hate anyone. Do not be absent from the divine services of the Church. Be compassionate to the needy. Do not scandalize or offend anyone. Do not wreck another man’s domestic happiness”—in other words, don’t commit adultery—“Be content with what your own wives”—and we might say today “husbands” and so on—give you.”

“If you behave in this way,” the holy St. John says in the Ladder, “you will not be far from the kingdom of heaven.” So we all, in the world and not: in monasteries, secular people, married people, celibate people, we are all called to believe in God and to keep God’s commandments and to pray and to fast and to fight the good fight and to be a brave and courageous warrior for the sake of serving God and keeping his commandments.”

- from Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, transcript of Ancient Faith Radio podcast, April 4, 2008


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of ServiceGreat Lent Continues
, March 27
10:00 AM Tkach Visitation @ Cathedral
11:00 AM Tkach Funeral @ Cathedral

, March 29
8:00 AM Confessions
9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy (Cathedral Chapel)
6:15 PM 9th Hour & Confession (Cathedral Chapel)

Thursday, March 30
7:00 PM Presanctified Liturgy (Cathedral Chapel)

Friday, March 31
8:00 AM Confessions
9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy (Cathedral Chapel)
5:30 PM Confessions
6:30 PM Akathist Hymn
Lenten Dinner & Talk follows

Saturday, April 1
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy
11:00 AM Scheglowski Baptism
5:00 PM Great Vespers
Lenten Potluck & Talk follows

Sunday, April 2
St. Mary of Egypt
:45 AM Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas for Edgar Parr @ Cathedral Chapel

9:00 AM Slavonic Service @ Cemetery Chapel

11:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 PM MEOCCA Lenten Vespers @ St. George Antiochian, 1250 Oakdale Ave, West St Paul

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

This Week's EventsGreat Lent Continues
, March 27
Church Office Closed
8:30 AM Perohi

Tuesday, March 28
8:30 AM Perohi
6:00 PM Stretchercise
7:00 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 29
5:30 PM Slovak Class 1
6:30 PM Slovak Class 2
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 31
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales
Lenten Dinner & Talk follows Akathist Hymn

Saturday, April 1
8:00 AM Bread Baking
Lenten Potluck & Talk follows Great Vespers

Sunday, April 2
11:00 AM Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 AM Carpathian Dance Practice @ PreK Room
12:00 PM Saints Basketball Practice @ Gym

7:30 PM Floor Hockey @ Gym


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