St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


The Dormition

Hieromartyr Gorazd, Bishop of Bohemia and Moravia-Silesia (1942)

A Moravian convert to Orthodoxy, the Hieromartyr Gorazd (Pavlik) was consecrated in Begrade, Yugoslavia by the Serbian Patriarch Dimitrije in September 1921. He was an active missionary and leader of an Orthodox movement in Czechoslovakia, organizing many parishes and building churches and chapels throughout Bohemia. Service books were translated into Czech. He provided support for Carpatho-Rusyns in eastern Slovakia returning to Orthodoxy.

In the Spring of 1942, during World War II and the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Nazis, the infamous 'Butcher of Prague', Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated near the Orthodox Cathedral of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Prague. The resistance fighters found refuge in the crypt of the Cathedral.

It was not long before the Nazis found and killed them, and began an intense reprisal. The Cathedral priests and senior lay church officials were arrested and tortured. Although he had at first been unaware of those hiding in the crypt, Bishop Gorazd attempted to take full responsibility. He too was arrested and tortured through the summer of 1942.

The entire Orthodox group was executed by firing squad on September 4. There were widespread roundups of Czechs in Prague and the country-side, the destruction of entire villages, mass executions and deportations to labor camps. All the Orthodox churches in Moravia and Bohemia were shut down, and the Orthodox church became illegal.

In 1961, the Serbian Orthodox Church began the process of recognizing Bishop Gorazd as a new martyr, and on August 24, 1987, he was glorified in the Cathedral of St. Gorazd in Olomouc, Moravia. Holy Hieromartyr Gorazd, pray to God for us!

- Fr. Andrew


All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted, with the exception of Vespers on Saturdays at 5 pm and an 8:30 Sunday morning Divine Liturgy, beginning June 5, 2016, at the Annunciation (Cemetery) Chapel, 3025 Stinson Blvd, St. Anthony, through the beginning of September.

Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of Services Monday, August 22
9:00-10:00 AM Kalina Visitation @ Cathedral
10:00 AM Kalina Funeral @ Cathedral

Wednesday, August 24
6:15 PM Great Vespers @ Cathedral

Thursday, August 25
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, August 27
11:00 AM Gerding Baptism @ Cathedral
3:00 PM Rathod Baptism @ Cathedral
4:30 PM Jesus Prayer @ Cemetery Chapel
5:00 PM Great Vespers @ Cemetery Chapel

Sunday, August 28
10th Sunday after Pentecost
8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

10:15 AM Slavonic Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel

12:00 PM Houle Baptism @ Cathedral
5:00 PM Festal Vespers@ Cathedral

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

This Week's EventsMonday, August 22
Church Office Closed
7:00 PM Church School teacher meeting

Tuesday, August 23
8:30 AM Perohi making
7:30 PM Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, August 24
8:30 AM Perohi making
6:00 PM Stretchercise

Friday, August 26
11-3:00 PM Perohi Sales

Sunday, August 28
Church School Registration @ Parish Center
Coffee Hour @ Dining room

O Club Picnic


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