St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral


Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

On this day we open the Lenten Triodion, the rich treasury of scripture readings, hymns and prayers that shape our spiritual journey through Great Lent. After the Gospel reading at Matins this morning, we chanted the beloved Lenten hymn which, repeated through this season, puts before us a wonderful and compact expression of its true meaning:

Open to me the doors of repentance, O Life-giver. For my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy holy temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But in Thy compassion, purify me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.

Lead me on the path of salvation, O Mother of God. For I have profaned my soul with shameful deeds, and have wasted my life in laziness. But by thy intercessions deliver me from all impurity.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassion, blot out my transgressions. When I think of the many evil things I have done, wretch that I am, I tremble at the fearful day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Thy loving kindness; like David I cry to Thee: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

That the pride of the Pharisee is the first spiritual affliction offered for our consideration in these Sundays before the Great Fast is perhaps not surprising, since self-love is often considered the root of sin. Vladimir Solovyev writes:

Self-love is the father of all deceit, its cunning sophistries beguile our understanding and lead to two disasters: it weakens man’s will in the fight with temptation, and it hands over his soul in advance to all kinds of iniquity. The unscrupulous selfish man does not merely spoil himself morally by committing such and such sins from time to time: he is completely deprived of stability and moral behavior and his whole life is one long sin; he is inevitably unjust in his dealings with others and his personal desires are endless. There is a vitality of immense vigor in all of us, and if it be captured by egoism there is no satisfying it. Disappointment of inordinate wants begets resentment, whose impotent anger leads to discouragement and discouragement to despair – the logical end of an over-ruling self-love is madness or suicide; and those suffering from this moral sickness who stop short of such an end should thank the mercy of God and the prayers of their friends. (God, Man and the Church: The Spiritual Foundations of Life).

- 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 ServicesFast-Free Week
, February 20
5:00 p.m. Seymour Parastas @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel
5:00-8:00 p.m. Seymour Visitation @ Kozlak-Radulovich NE Chapel
6:15 p.m. Great Vespers

Thursday, February 21
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
10:00 a.m. Seymour Visitation @ St. Mary's Cemetery Chapel, 3025 Stinson Blvd. St. Anthony, MN 55421
11:00 a.m. Seymour Funeral @ St. Mary's Cemetery Chapel

Saturday, February 23
5:00 p.m. Vespers

Sunday, February 24
39th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday of the Prodigal Son

7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral
10:30 a.m. Oath of Office: Parish Council & Service Attendants @ Cathedral



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

This Week's EventsFast-Free Week
, February 18
Church Office Closed
8:30 a.m. Perohi

Tuesday, February 19
8:30 a.m. Perohi
7:00 p.m. MEOCCA Choir Rehearsal (Choir Loft)
7:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 20
6:00 p.m. Slovak Class
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 22
11am-2pm Perohi Sales

Sunday, February 24
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center

7:30 p.m. Floor [email protected] Parish Center Gym


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