St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Synaxis of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia

In the mid-70s I was living in Ottawa and I began to read some patristic writings and to develop an interest in the Orthodox Church. I cannot remember why or how it was that I stopped at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York in 1978, but while there I picked up some pamphlets in English, one of which was titled "Holy Scripture and The Church". It had been written originally by a Russian author, Hilarion Troitsky, who I later learned had become an Archbishop, suffered through the various phases of the Russian revolution and Soviet rule, was personally close to the sainted Patriarch Tikhon, and ultimately died as a Confessor for the Orthodox faith. The pamphlet opened my eyes for the first time to understanding the proper relationship of scripture to the Church, and encouraged me on my journey to Orthodoxy. Over the past 40 years I have read what I could about and by St. Hilarion. Not long after his glorification in 1999, I was personally blessed to receive a relic, which I keep in my home office.

Just recently, His Grace Bishop Paul sent us a new antimension. When I unfolded it for the first time last month, I was amazed and delighted to find that the relic sewn into it is a relic of St Hilarion of Vereya - 'my' St. Hilarion! What a wonderful thing! And how fitting, that a relic of such a close friend and supporter of St Tikhon should find its way to St. Mary's Cathedral and rest on our Holy Table, consecrated by St. Tikhon himself!

The spiritual significance of this for our Cathedral community is surely - at the very least - to pay heed to the witness of the New Martyrs and Confessors - those of Russia, and throughout Eastern Europe, those under the Turkish Yoke, those throughout the history of the suffering Church in every land, era and polity - to take that witness seriously, to understand how important it is to treasure and hold on to our Orthodox faith, to ask their heavenly intercessions on our behalf. We are reminded to strive for lives so rooted in Christ and His Church that we simply cannot, and will not, deny Him.

A good short life of St. Hilarion can be found at

Holy New Martyrs and Confessors pray to God 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.
  • 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.
All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.
Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of ServicesTuesday, January 28
5:00-8:00 p.m. Chatras Visitation @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel
7:00 p.m. Chatras Parastas

, January 29
11:00 a.m. Chatras Funeral @ Cathedral
6:15 p.m. Great Vespers & Litiya

Thursday, January 30
Three Hierarchs
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 1
5:00 p.m. Vespers, General Confession to follow

Sunday, February 2
33rd Sunday after Pentecost
The Meeting of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Temple
+ Sunday of Zacchaeus

7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
Blessing of Candles @ Cathedral


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

This Week's EventMonday, January 27
Church Office Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi

, January 28
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study

Wednesday, January 29
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 31
11-2 p.m. Perohi Sales

Sunday, February 2
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center (Gymnasium reserved for Pre-K class)
12:00 p.m. Saints Peter & Paul Society Annual Meeting @ Board Room
1:00 p.m. Rusin Association Presents: "I Lived in 5 Different Countries and Never Moved" A Tale of a Carpatho-Rusyn Family @ Dining Room
7:30 p.m. Floor Hockey @ Gymnasium


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