Pashal Message by Tihon, Archbishop of Washington Metropolitan of All America and Canada

To the Venerable Pastors, God-loving Monastics and Devout Faithful of the Orthodox Church in
Dearly Beloved in the Lord:
Christ is Risen!
Together with those who came before the dawn with Mary, we have come to that first day of the
week and have found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. With astonishment, we ponder
the question of the Angel: “Why do you seek among the dead, as though He were mortal man,
Him who abides in everlasting light?” And with wonder, we behold the grave-clothes lying in
the empty tomb as a powerful sign of the reality of the resurrection of Christ, the Conqueror of
Like the Myrrhbearers and the Apostles who ran to the sepulcher, all of us have taken a journey
from the darkness and confusion of this world to the light and truth of the resurrection. We have
sailed across the great sea of the Fast, asking the Lord to take from us sloth, despair, lust for
power and idle talk so that we might replace them with love for Christ, compassion for our
fellow human beings and care for all creation. We have been pilgrims with the Lord through the
barrenness of His life-giving Passion and have tasted the wonder that is the “universally
nourishing work of the Cross” (St Timothy of Antioch).

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Episcopal Liturgy

On April 7, on the Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God as well as on Palm Sunday, April 13th, Iriney, bishop of Quebec,  Administrator of the diocese of Canada will minister Divine Liturgy in our cathedral.
You are all welcome to join praying.
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Charity sale in our parish

On April 13th there’ll be the Palm Sunday charity sale after the Divine Liturgy.
You can buy koulitchi, Easter gifts and decorations. There’ll be also a workshop for children.
All funds collected will be donated to families raising children with severe diagnosis.
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Charity concert

On April 6 there’ll be a charity concert given by McGill musicians to raise funds to pay for the treatment of Anastasia Kalitenko (18 years old) diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Not long time ago we already collected donations for this young girl in our parish and we thank you all heartily for your generous gifts. Now we invite you to attend this volunteer concert on Sunday April 6th at 6 pm that will be held in Jewish centre of Russian-speaking community 8530, Bourret ave, Montreal, H3X1J2.

The ticket costs $15.




Treatment has been started in Israel, in Hadassah clinic but her condition is very serious.
You can read more about Anastasia in the document attached, and read all medical documents translated in English in Facebook group.

A.Kalitenko information English (Word)


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Icon of the Venerable Roman the Melodist

On 30 March after the Divine Liturgy a new icon was consecrated for our church, an icon of the Venerable Roman the Melodist.

This icon enshrined in a wooden icon case will hang in the choir for special veneration by our choristers: they will always be able to ask the saint for help through prayers. The Venerable Roman is known above all for his fervent desire to glorify God by his voice and singing, and because by a special favour of the Mother of God towards him he composed the famous kontakion of the Nativity of Christ “Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One…”.

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Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

As you can see in our services there’re the Liturgies of the Presanctified Gifts scheduled on Wednesdays at 6 pm. 
We hope this schedule better serves the needs of our parishioners who work on weekends and also to reinvigorate the forces of the fasting people.
For this purpose the confession takes place during this Liturgy.
If you wish to Commune on the Liurgy of the Presanctified Gifts you need to abstain from water or food from 12 pm that day.
We welcome you to join us in prayer.
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Great Lent tradition – joint services of Montreal Orthodox parishes

Following our Great Lent tradition of having joint services of Montreal Orthodox parishes we invite you all to attend the first joint service – Vigil – that will be held this Sunday March 9 at 7 pm in the St. Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on the day of Triumph of Orthodoxy.


The address is 6250 12th Avenue, Montreal, H3X 2A5 / (514) 727-2236.

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Vera Olshefsky / November 11, 1933 – February 19, 2014


Vera Olshefsky

November 11, 1933 – February 19, 2014

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Vera Olshefsky (born Desatnyk) on February 19 at the age of 80 years old. Left to mourn is her loving husband of 62 years Charles, son’s Bill (Joyce) and Tom (Lucie) as well as Baba to Alexandra, Andrei & Elisaveta, along with her brother Walter. Vera was a Baba to many.

Her ability to find the best in everyone was only surpassed by her natural strength as well as her candor in telling it as she saw it. BIG THANKS go out to all of the staff & volunteers at the Montreal General Palliative care facility. They all became an extended part of the family these last few weeks and will be fondly remembered. Vera was a rebel with a cause and she always ensured that her family came first. It is now time to return the favor. Vera’s final resting place will be at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont, Quebec. Visitation will be on Monday February 24 from 4:00 to 9:00PM. Panachida will be at 7:00PM. The service in the Mount Royal Chapel will be on Tuesday February 25 at 11:00AM. Burial & reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate if donations in Vera’s name could be made to the Palliative Care Unit of the Montreal General Hospital.



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Plan of the icons arrangement in our Cathedral

For the convenience of our parishioners we have added to the web site the plan of the icons arrangement in our Cathedral with the list of the their names.

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House blessing with Holy Water from Theophany

On the Eve of the Lord`s Theophany on Saturday January 18th and on the Feast of the Lord`s Theophany on Sunday January 19th there`ll be the Great Blessing of Waters in our Cathedral. (reminder on the Feast).
If you wish your house to be blessed with Holy water by one of our priests, please register yourself at the candle stand or make a phone call(514) 522-2801.
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