St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral



St. Mary of Egypt

We have taken you, O righteous Mary, as an image of repentance: entreat Christ to grant us this repentance in this time of the Fast, that with faith and desire we may praise you in songs! (Hymn of Light).

Great Lent is a time for the renewal of our Christian discipleship by means of opening our hearts and minds to God's grace through ascetic effort. There is a cost to discipleship and that cost is the inner meaning of asceticism. The whole point of asceticism is to make discipleship costly. Unless the Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and good works have an impact on self-satisfaction and the self-centered management of our life, unless they inconvenience us in some way, unless they involve some measure of sacrificial character, they don't have much point. For the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by force and violent men bear it away (Matthew 11:12) and no one ever achieved salvation through convenience and ease. In the lives of many of the saints we find a very powerful and inspiring image of the cost of discipleship. This is especially the case with St. Mary of Egypt. Her profound repentance, her ascetic struggle, and her dedication to prayerful communion with God make her an example and a powerful intercessor for us.

~ Fr. Andrew


Service cancellation policy:

  • No one should travel to church for services if the road conditions are dangerous.
  • No services will be cancelled. Most services will be live streamed (links below).
  • Those who cannot get to services should instead stay home, watch the live stream of the service if possible, and be happy in the knowledge that a priest and a chanter are singing the services and praying for them.
  • Cancellation of services and activities will be posted below.

At this time we are closed for public worship at the Cathedral and the Annunciation chapel. A limited number of parishioners are able to reserve space for Sunday morning services using our reservation platform. Weekday services and Saturday Vespers do not require a reservation.

Activities at the parish center are canceled until further notice, and the parish center is closed. 

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

Schedule of ServicesAll services listed below will be closed but will be live streamed at

Lenten Fast Continues

Wednesday, April 21
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy

Friday, April 23
9:00 am Presanctified Liturgy (Not Live Streamed)
6:00 pm 9th Hour & Presanctified Liturgy

Saturday, April 24
Lazarus Saturday
8:00 am Curry Chrismation @ Cathedral (not live streamed)
9:00 am Festal Liturgy @ Cathedral 
10:30 am 40-Day Parastas: Fr. Vladimir Lecko
4:15 pm General Confession (not live streamed)
5:00 pm Vigil

Sunday, April 25
6th Sunday of Great Lent
The Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem + Palm Sunday
8:00 am* Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
8:00 am Kurtz & Groebner Chrismation @ Cathedral
9:00 am Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

4:00 pm MEOCCA Pan-Orthodox Bridegroom Matins @ St. Herman's OCA, 5355 38th Ave S., Minneapolis

* Note time change back to 8:00 am
* Note change back to Church School

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 EventsLenten Fast Continues

, April 19
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed

, April 20
Parish Center Closed

Wednesday, April 21
Parish Center Closed

Thursday, April 22
Parish Center Closed

Friday, April 23
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, April 24
Parish Center Closed

Sunday, April 25
10:00 am Typika & Church School (High School & Middle School) @ gym (Click here for details).


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