St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Holy Unmercenary Healers

To Remember is to Love

Fr. Alexander Schmemann has a lovely essay, To Love Is To Remember, a reflection on the history and continued existence of Orthodoxy in America. He also used this phrase in a number of other contexts, for example in thinking about the Eucharist, or about death and the burial service. In these cases, to remember is an act of love, something positive.

Of course, to remember is not always to love. We can remember grudges, hurts, traumas, unhappiness, sinful pleasures. Remembering can also trigger anger, lust, hatred, or self-pity. Such memories, and the emotions they evoke, need healing. Orthodox Christians are taught that this healing is possible, or at least not impossible, through repentance, spiritual struggle, sacramental nourishment, mutual love and pastoral care, and above all an openness to grace.

But memory can be - and should be for us, as much as possible - an act of love. Love itself, by its very nature, evokes memory. To love means to desire the joy, the good, the well-being of the other. It shapes how and what we think about, what we remember, what we choose to remember - about our parents, our spouses, our children, our friends, our neighbors. Memory as an act of love means to choose to remember that which is lovable, and in doing so to express love. That love by its nature evokes memory means that because we desire the joy, the good, the well-being of the other, we recall and appreciate all those things which we can remember which are lovable, unique, typical, specific to the one we love.

The Church addresses memory in many ways, encouraging both a general stance and a personal engagement in bringing things to mind. It encourages us to remember, lovingly, gratefully the stories of salvation, the mighty acts of God, His providence, and especially all these things as they are connected with Jesus Christ. It encourages us to remember the holy ones of God - that is, the saints - by giving us a calendar / menaion, a kind of memory aid - and encouraging us to know them as our friends. It encourages us to remember the living - in our prayers and intercessions, in acts of kindness etc... - and the dead - in our prayers the various memorial services possible in our church life,, in our eucharistic commemorations. If the eucharist is the heart of Christian life, then memory is at the heart of Christian life, because the eucharist is a conscious, living memory of the Church, giving thanks for all and on behalf of all.

- 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 ServicesMonday, January 14
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
7:00 p.m. Cook Parastas @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel

Tuesday, January 15
10:00 a.m. Cook Visitation @ Cathedral
11:00 a.m. Cook Funeral @ Cathedral

, January 16
6:15 p.m. Great Vespers

Thursday, January 17
St. Anthony the Great
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, January 19
5:00 p.m. Greeat Vespers

Sunday, January 20
34th Sunday after Pentecost
Venerable Euthymius the Great + Parastas Sunday

7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Parastas: (memorial service) for Resa Ellison, Protodeacon Peter and Mary Varian @ Cathedral



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

This Week's EventsMonday, January 14
Church Office Closed
NO Perohi

Tuesday, January 15
NO Perohi
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 16
6:00 p.m. Slovak Class
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 18
NO Perohi Sales

Sunday, January 20
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 a.m. Carpathian Dance Practice @ Parish Center

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Parish Center Gym


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