On this day we commemorate the Exaltation of the Venerable and Life-giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Read more about the story of the cross here.
Wishing all those named Stavroula, Stavros, Steven, and others a wonderful and happy name’s day.
This past weekend St. Mary’s celebrated its Greek Festival and took some time on Sunday to reflect on the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In tribute to this tragic event, Fr. Timothy Sas delivers a sermon on the importance of embracing life without fear and with faith in the resurrection. Watch the full video on YouTube here.
The event returns after a two-year hiatus, and plans to bring people together to experience Greek culture and the Orthodox Christian faith while supporting philanthropy. For more information on the Minneapolis Taste of Greece Festival, food menu, and activities, please visit MPLSGreekFest.org, or follow us on socials: Facebook @MPLSGreekFest or Instagram @MPLSGreekFestival
Join MEOCCA for a 12-week Intro to Orthodox Christianity Catechism Course. The course is free and is open to anyone interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity. For more info, please visit www.meocca.org. Classes will take place in person and on Zoom.
Happy New Year!
September 1 marks the beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year for Orthodox Christians worldwide. Today we also commemorate Jesus’s entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He read from the book of the Prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me…” (Luke 4:16-30). Read more about the Ecclesiastical New Year, Here.
St. Mary’s was blessed to have Fr. George Dokos in town to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with us on the Eleventh Sunday of Matthew, August 28, 2022. In this week’s Monday Message, we replay Fr. George’s sermon from yesterday on how “Meekness is not weakness.“
Watch the full video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ByqaLNPeU08
Today we commemorate The Beheading of the Prophet and Forerunner of the Lord, St. John the Baptist. It is the celebration of his martyrdom at the orders of Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Galilee, the son of Herod the Great. Although an established Feast day by the church, it is observed as a day of strict fast day because of the violent death of the saint. The martyrdom of John the Baptist is accounted in Matthew 14:1-12 and Mark 6:14-29 in the New Testament. Read more on the history of the feast day here.
To continue the joy of the Sunday liturgy into the week, we present the Monday Message—a replay of the Sunday Sermon. This week on the Tenth Sunday of Matthew, August 21, 2022, Fr. Timothy Sas delivers the sermon “Christ Can Move Mountains Through Us”
Each year on August 15, we commemorate the Dormition or “Kimisis” (Greek: “falling asleep”) of the Mother of Jesus Christ, Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos (Greek: “One who gave birth to God”), and Ever-Virgin Mary. Additionally, we celebrate the assumption of her body and soul into God’s heavenly kingdom.