St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


St Theodore the Studite on the Fast

Brethren, fasting is the renewal of the soul, for the Apostle says that, as the body weakens and withers from the ascetic labor of fasting, then so much is the soul renewed day by day and is made beauteous and shines in the beauty which God originally bestowed upon it. And when it is purified and adorned with fasting and repentance, then God loves it and will live in it as the Lord has said: "I and the Father will come and make our abode with him" (John 14:23). Thus, if there is such value and grace in fasting that it makes us into God’s dwelling, then we ought to greet it with joy and gladness, and not despondency because of the meagerness of the food…

At the same time, if we desire that the fast be true and acceptable to God, then along with abstaining from food, let us restrain ourselves from every sin of soul and body, as the sticheron instructs us: 'Let us keep the Fast not only by refraining from food, but by becoming strangers to all sinful passions.' Let us guard ourselves… from vainglory and envious zeal, from malice out of spite, and from enmity, and secret passions such as these, which kill the soul. Let us guard against ill-temper and self-assertion, that is, let us not appropriate things for ourselves and indulge our self-will. For nothing is so loved of the devil as to find a person who has not forgiven another and has not taken advice from those able to instruct him in virtue; then the enemy easily deludes the self-assertive and traps him in all that he does and thinks to be good.

- St Theodore the Studite


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.

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Per City of Minneapolis, from Wednesday, Feb. 27 - Apr. 1 NO PARKING on even sides of streets; that's no parking on 5th St across from the Cathedral side, nor on 17th on the Cathedral side.  Get snow emergency info and app at

All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.
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Schedule of ServicesGreat Lent
Wednesday, March 20
8:30 a.m. Confessions
9:00 a.m. Presanctified Liturgy
6:15p.m. Lenten Vespers

Friday, March 22
8:30 a.m. Confessions
9:00 a.m. Presanctified Liturgy
6:15 p.m. Ninth Hour
6:30 p.m. Presanctified Liturgy

Saturday, March 23
9:00 a.m. Memorial Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers @ Cathedral

Sunday, March 24
St. Gregory Palamas
7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 p.m. MEOCCA Vespers: St. Gregory Palamas/Annunciation of the Theotokos
St. George GOA Church; 651-222-6220; 1111 Summit Ave, St. Paul


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

This Week's EventsGreat Lent
, March 18
Church Office Closed
8:30 am Perohi
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 19
8:30 am Perohi
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal
7:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday, March 20
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 21
7:15 p.m. Theology on Thursday

Friday, March 22
11am-2pm Perohi Sales
Saints Lenten Dinner follows Presanctified Liturgy

Sunday, March 24
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center
12:00 p.m. Youth Choir @ Parish Center

Lenten fellowship dinner following Vespers

7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gym


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