Minneapolis, MN – The choir of St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral will present a virtual concert of Paschal music on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 12 noon CDT. The concert is being offered with the blessing of His Grace, Paul, Bishop of Chicago, ruling hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the Midwest.
Choral selections will be sung by an octet led by Mark Wesche, interim choir director, featuring a variety of hymns drawn from the Cathedral Choir’s diverse repertoire for the Paschal divine services, including settings in English, Russian, Greek, Romanian, Spanish, and other languages.
The concert is intended to offer hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God for the blessings received, and as prayerful inspiration for the countless health care and frontline workers, including many within the Cathedral’s membership, who are doing everything possible to care for the sick and discover a cure for the COVID-19 virus.
Since March 23, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Cathedral’s choir of more than 50 adult and youth members has provided sung responses in a very limited capacity, abiding by the state of Minnesota’s social distancing requirements, and guidelines set by Bishop Paul.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral is a community of Orthodox Christians from across the Twin Cities metropolitan area and all walks of life, gathering in the oneness of Faith worshiping God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through prayer and divine services.
Our faithful have a strong commitment to serving others – particularly those in need – providing a full calendar of worship services and activities for our members and friends, including education and fellowship programs for youth and adults.
Our parish, founded in 1887 by faithful immigrants from Eastern Europe, is dedicated to the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God (October 1). Those who have labored in our community include St. Alexis (Toth), our first pastor, Saint Sebastian (Dabovich), our second pastor, and Saint Tikhon of Moscow, Apostle to America who consecrated the present cathedral structure.
St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral is part of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org) and its regional Diocese of the Midwest (www.domoca.org).
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