Welcome to the official website of Saint Sergius Russian Orthodox Cathedral,
a parish of the Chicago and Mid-America Diocese of the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
We are greeting all our God loving parishioners and all Orthodox
Christians with the Feast of feasts – Christ’s Pascha!
(on the night from the 19th to the 20th of April)
Всех Боголюбивых прихожан и всех Православных христиан
С Праздником праздников, Христовой Пасхой!
(в ночь с 19-го на 20 апреля)
(For more info see the new Schedule of Services)
For photos of recent events, please see the News Archive section and visit the St. Sergius Facebook page.
RUSSIAN FESTIVAL 2013 - July 26-28
Orthodox Russia and Orthodox America come together in this new recording of contemporary liturgical music by living composers Gennady Lapaev (Russia) and Kurt Sander (United States). Sung in church Slavonic and English.
Inspired by the reunification of mother Russia and with her émigré Orthodox churches, this unique CD brings forth never-before heard settings of Orthodox texts. The choir, under the direction of Peter Jermihov, consists of church singers from across North America who came to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2010 to be part of this monumental recording.
Full-color CD booklet includes translations.
Kurt (reader Lawrence) is a former member of our parish and is now living in Cincinnati with his wife, Larissa (Kaminsky) and their four children. Featured on the recording are several of our Cathedral singers – Matushka Natalie Marzev, Vladimir Rodzianko, former choir director Alexander Petrovsky, and friend of our choir, John Romanchik. Also featured is our Dean, Rev Ilia Marzev, who intoned the celebrant’s portion of “A Mercy of Peace.”
The first Russian Festival held at our cathedral was a great success! Many people came and experienced Russian culture. We thank the organizing committee and all the volunteers for their hard work and making the festival a great success. Below you can enjoy some reviews and photoreports of the festival.
All children of preschool through grade school ages are invited to attend our new Sunday Children's Class
Class starts at 10:15AM in the church hall (basement) each Sunday.
The hour long class includes an age appropriate lesson & activity to encourage our children to grow in the Orthodox Faith.
For more information or for volunteer opportunities please see Krista Kaminsky (e-mail
) or Yuliya Rodzianko (e-mail
). A printable flyer is also available for your convenience in both English
On April 2-3, Bishop Peter of Cleveland visited St. Sergius Cathedral, presiding at the Vigil and Liturgy. The Cathedral clergy were also joined by Protodeacon Vadim Gan from Chicago. Following the Liturgy on Sunday, Bishop Peter blessed the newly-renovated St. Sergius Parish Hall. Later that afternoon, His Grace led the Sacrament of Holy Unction at the Cathedral. Additional Photos may be seen here>
Photos from the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord
On the weekend of October 16-17, the Cathedral was blessed to welcome the Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God. The Icon was met by Fr. Ilia Marzev before the start of the Vigil. During the Vigil, the Akathist to the Mother of God was chanted, and the keeper of the Icon, Reader Nectarios, told everyone about the history of the Icon. The following morning, the Icon was at the Cathedral for the Divine Liturgy during which many people continued to come and venerate the Icon. Following the Liturgy, a procession with the Icon was held around the Church. Throughout the early afternoon, many Orthodox faithful came to venerate the Icon following the Liturgy at their own parishes. For more information about this Icon, please visit http://orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html
|Myhrr-Streaming Iveron Icon visits St. Sergius Cathedral - 10/16/10|
Photos by Darina Molkina
On October 7-10, the Cathedral celebrated the Feast of St. Sergius of Radonezh and the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Parish. See the Feast Day page for more, including photos>
The Parish at St. Sergius Cathedral would like to thank Peter and Sharon Georges for their wonderful and insightful presentation on their work with orphans in Uganda. May God bless them in their work! You can read more on the website: ugandachildrensfund.org.
On April 26-27 His Grace Bishop Peter, Bishop of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America traveled to Cleveland (Parma), Ohio to witness and verify the miracle in connection with the relics of St. Sergius. The Ukaz in Russian and English of His Grace can be read here
On July 2-3, the Orthodox Church celebrated the Feast of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. The feast was marked by festive services in the Cathedral. For more about St. John, please see the following:
"I Look for the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Life of the Age to Come." - By St. JohnEnglish Russian
The Life of St. John, Archbishop of Shanghai and San FranciscoEnglish Russian
Our Cathedral serves all the Sacraments and Services of the Orthodox Church: Confession, Communion, Baptism, Wedding, Holy Unction, Funeral, Panikhida, Molebens, Akathists, House Blessings, etc. Depending on the specifics of each service, they can be served in our Cathedral, as well as at the home or in the hospital (for the sick). Each service should be arranged ahead of time with the Priest. For more information, please contact Fr. Ilia.
Orthodox Christians, brothers and sisters!
On our sinful earth the holy Church is the only place where we can get away from life's storms and inclemency, from the world's moral filth. The Church is an image of heaven on earth; within the temple the heavenly powers serve invisibly. Remember and know: the Holy Temple is the House of God, in which God Himself is invisibly present. For this reason, our behavior in the temple should correspond to its holiness and its greatness.
1. Enter the church with humility and meekness, so as to leave justified, as the humble publican of the Gospel.
2. When you enter the temple and see the holy icons, think about the fact that the Lord Himself and all the Saints are looking at you; be particularly reverent and have the fear of God.
3. Always come to the beginning of the service, If for some important reason you are late, be careful not to disturb the prayer of those already there. If you come to church during the reading of the Gospel, stand at the entrance doors until the end of the reading: when it is finished, quietly go to your place.
4. When you take your place in the church and others are standing nearby, greet them with a silent nod; never, even with close friends shake hands or ask any questions, Be sincerely modest in church
5, If you come to church with children, see that they behave themselves properly, meekly, that they not be noisy; teach them to understand and know how one should behave in church; accustom them to pray. If the children have to leave the church, tell them to cross themselves and to leave quietly or take them out yourself.
6. Pray in church as if you yourself are participating in the Divine services and not simply attending, that those prayers and hymns which are being read and chanted come from your heart; attentively follow the holy Service, in order to pray together with everyone and to pray for that which the whole Church is praying for.
7. While still at home, before going to church, prepare your money for candles, prosphora and the collection plates; avoid having to make change at the candle counter; this necessitates talking and disturbs the service and those praying.
8. Never, without extreme need, leave the church before the end of the service; this indicates disrespect for the holiness of the church and is a sin before God. If it happens that you do leave early, you should mention this to the priest in confession.
9. Approach Holy Communion humbly and reverently, crossing your hands on your chest; with faith and love receive the Holy Mysteries of God; then, without crossing yourself, kiss the chalice, so as not to bump It accidentally, and quietly return to your place, and do not leave the church without listening to the thanksgiving prayers to the Lord God, after communion.
Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko, +1960)
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page often for updated articles and spiritual reading materials.
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