St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

Sunday of St. John of the Ladder

When I fast, I am vainglorious; and when I permit myself food in order to conceal my fasting from others I am again vainglorious about my prudence. When I dress in fine clothing, I am vanquished by vanity, and if I put on drab clothing, again I am overcome by vanity. If I speak, vainglory defeats me. If I wish to keep silence, I am again given over to it. Wherever this thorn comes up, it stands with its points upright.

A vain person seems to honor God, but strives to please men rather than God.

People of lofty spirit bear insult placidly and willingly, but only the holy and righteous may hear praise without harm.

When you hear that your neighbor or friend has slandered you behind your back, or even to your face, praise and love him.

It is not the one who reproaches himself who shows humility, for who will not put up with himself? It is the one who is slandered by another, yet continues to show love for him.

Whoever is proud of his natural gifts, intelligence, learning, skill in reading, clear enunciation, and other similar qualities, which are acquired without much labor, will never obtain supernatural gifts. Whoever is not faithful in small things (Lk 16:10), is also unfaithful in large things, and is vainglorious.

It often happens that God humbles the vainglorious, sending a sudden misfortune. If prayer does not destroy a proud thought, we bring to mind the departure of the soul from this life. And if this does not help, let us fear the shame which follows dishonor. "For whoever humbles himself shall be exalted, and whoever exalts himself shall be humbled" (Lk 14:11). When those who praise us, or rather seduce us, start to praise us, let us recall our many sins, then we shall find that we are not worthy of what they say or do to honor us.

- (from the 22nd step of The Ladder of Divine Ascent)


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.

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

Schedule of ServicesGREAT LENT
Wednesday, March 21
8:30 a.m. Confessions
9:00 a.m. Presanctified (Cathedral Chapel)
6:15 p.m. Lenten Vespers

Thursday, March 22
6:30 p.m. Confessions
7:00 p.m. Presanctified

Friday, March 23
8:30 a.m. Confessions
9:00 a.m. Presanctified (Cathedral Chapel)
6:00 p.m. Confessions
6:30 p.m. Matins & Akathist

Akathist Saturday, March 24
9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Vigil

Sunday, March 25
5th Sunday of Great Lent

9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Slavonic Service @ Cemetery Chapel
11:00 a.m. 2nd Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 p.m. Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers @ St. Panteleimon ROCOR


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

This Week's EventsGREAT LENT
, March 19
Parish Center Closed
8:30 Perohi

Tuesday, March 20
8:30 Perohi
NO Stretchercise
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 21
5:30 p.m. Slovak Class 1
6:30 p.m. Slovak Class 2
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 22
NO Ethnic Dance Company

Friday, March 23
11-2:00 p.m. Perohi Sales
Saints Lenten Dinner follows Matins & Akathist

Sunday, March 25
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
11:50 a.m. Carpathian Children’s Dance Practice @ PreK Room

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gym


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