St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral



Fifth Sunday of Lent

According to Dr. Christopher Veniamin in his wonderful edition of the Homilies of St. Gregory Palamas, the Fifth Sunday in Lent was formerly dedicated to the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), and later, probably by the end of the fourteenth century, assigned to St. Mary of Egypt. Palamas, having reflected on the selfishness of the Rich Man in this parable, admonishes us:

Let us organize our lives as is pleasing to God. Let us forgive that we may be forgiven, let us be merciful to those in need that we may receive mercy many times more abundantly. He who impoverished Himself to the uttermost for our sakes, Himself receives our alms, and in His munificence He will multiply the reward. We must either be poor as He was, and so live with Him, or share what we have with those who are poor for His sake, and so be saved through them. Let us acquire merciful hearts and give positive proof of brotherly love and of devotion towards the father and master of all. You will never find a more acceptable time to do this then these days of the fast. If you join almsgiving to fasting you will blot out every sin, venerate the saving passion with boldness, join in the rejoicing at Christ's resurrection and gain eternal redemption.

That he says this on the Fifth Sunday, almost at the close of Lent, affirms that it is never too late to take up the Lenten struggle and to achieve something, with God's help.

 ~ Fr. Andrew


All services are closed until at least Palm Sunday. Closed means that only a small skeleton crew of clergy and chanters will have access to the Cathedral. Please do not come to church. The Cathedral will be open weekly during certain limited posted hours for personal prayer and spiritual conversation. Activities at the parish center are cancelled until further notice. The parish center has limited access. Kitchen, gym and library are closed. Regular communications with parishioners and planned online activities and conversations are being put in place. Please inform family and friends who may not have access to the internet about these closures.

A google form for submitting names of the living and the departed to be commemorated at the services ihas been developed. Click here to be taken to the form.

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  (Galatians 6:2)

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Schedule of ServicesGreat Lent

, April 6
St. Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople

, April 7
Repose of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow

Wednesday, April 8
Apostle Herodion

Thursday, April 9
New Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, & Irene of Lesbos

All services listed below, through Bright Monday, will be closed but will be live streamed at

Friday, April 10
Martyr Terence
7:00 p.m. Vespers of Lazarus Saturday

Saturday, April 11
Lazarus Saturday
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Festal Vespers
6:00 p.m. General Confession

, April 12
Sixth Sunday of Great Lent
The Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
8:00 a.m. Festal Matins
9:00 a.m. Festal Liturgy w/ blessing of Pussy Willows
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Matins

Holy Monday, April 13
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Matins

Holy Tuesday, April 14
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Matins

Holy Wednesday, April 15
7:00 p.m. Matins of Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday, April 16
10:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
7:00 p.m. Matins of Holy Friday (12 Gospel)

Holy Friday, April 17
8:00 a.m. Royal Hours
2:00 p.m. Vespers (Shroud)
7:00 p.m. Matins of Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday, April 18
11:30 p.m. Nocturnes

PASCHA, April 19
No Procession
12 midnight Paschal Matins followed by Paschal Liturgy
4:00 p.m. Paschal Vespers

Bright Monday, April 20
9:00 a.m. Bright Monday Liturgy

If you missed any of the live streaming services you can go to the playlist to replay them by clicking here


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

This Week's EventsGreat Lent  

, April 6
Parish Center Closed

, April 7
Parish Center Closed

Wednesday, April 8
Parish Center Closed

Thursday, April 9
Parish Center Closed

Friday, April 10
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, April 11
Parish Center Closed

Sunday, April 12
Church School (cancelled until further notice)


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