St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral



5th Sunday After Pentecost: Matthew 8:28-9:1

(Addressing the Devil): Acknowledge the vainness of your might, which has not power even over swine. Call to mind Him Who, at your request, commanded you to enter into the herd of swine... (Second Prayer of Exorcism at Baptism)

St. Ephrem the Syrian somewhere writes concerning the swine of the Gergesenes: O wise pigs! He sees in the herd's selfdestruction an instructive paradox: the unclean swine do not want to be defiled by the demons. Even those considered unclean have enough sense to reject wickedness. And of course, this in turn poses the question: if even the unclean swine reject demonic corruption, how is it that we so easily accept and sometimes even welcome wickedness into our hearts?

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom writes: Take a good look at your own soul, as in a mirror, and you will see how many fallen passions there are in it - maybe small, maybe not so tragic as outright demon possession - how many such passions there are in each of us, which do not let us have the freedom to be fully worthy of ourselves... And the Savior asks, “What is your name?” “Our name is Legion,” that is, a whole horde lies in this man, as in a nest. And what lies in us? How many little devils, how many lesser demons possess us: envy, and jealousy, and lasciviousness, and cowardice, and falsehood, and greed, and avarice, and hatred, and malice, and refusing to forgive when someone offends us, and so on and so on. One may say that a legion lies in us, as well.

Of course, self-destruction is not the answer to those sins trying to live in us. The answer is repentance, forgiveness of sins, deliverance, and participation in the Mysteries of Christ.

~ Fr. Andrew


At the direction and with the blessing of the Archbishop, and following the policies of the State of Minnesota and the Cities of
Minneapolis and St. Anthony, there is no longer a requirement for wearing masks at the Cathedral or the Annunciation Chapel. Our church singers will continue to wear masks for a while. Although it is suggested that unvaccinated people be masked indoors, the responsibility for masking will be entirely yours. Likewise, while the use of hand sanitizers and social distancing are still considered to be helpful, it is up to each person to attend to these things. We are very grateful - before God and to our parish community - for our overall safety and stability through these long, difficult months! We look forward to seeing you!

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 ServicesServices listed below will be live streamed at

Wednesday, July 28
6:15 PM Vespers @ Cathedral

Thursday, July 29
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Saturday, July 31
5:00 PM Vigil

Sunday, August 1 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Procession of the Holy Lifegiving Cross
Dormition Fast begins today and continues through August 14

8:30 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cemetery Chapel
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral

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 Events

, July 26
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed

, July 27
Parish Center Closed

Wednesday, July 28
Parish Center Closed

Thursday, July 29
Parish Center Closed
7:00 PM Bible Study (via Zoom) contact Dn. Philip at [email protected]

Friday, July 30
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Saturday, July 31
Church Office Closed
Parish Center Closed

Sunday, August 1
No Church School for summer


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