Saint John of the Ladder is honored by Holy Church as a great ascetic and author of the renowned spiritual book called THE LADDER, from which he is also called “of the Ladder” (Climacus). There is almost no information about Saint John’s origins. One tradition suggests that he…
Welcome to St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Iron Mountain, MI!
We are a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin.
Visitors and Inquirers are Always Welcome to our Services! All our services are in English.
Many first time visitors have questions about what to expect when attending services at a new church.
We have compiled serveral resources that help answer the most commonly asked questions about the church, services and much more. If you have questions please feel free to email us.
**3/24/20 Update** Please read the Pastoral Letter From His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph Regarding COVID-19
***3/17/20 Update** Please read the COVID-19 Policy from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph
Based on the COVID policy above, and out of an abundance of caution and love for our brethren, please take note of the following:
- First and foremost; please keep those affected by COVID, and all, illness in your daily prayers!
- There are no services open to the public at this time. Sunday services will be held with only clergy.
- Please contact Fr. Mark or Michelle with any prayer requests
- Wednesday and Saturday services will be suspended temporarily
- All meetings and social gatherings will be temporarily cancelled
We feel these temporary actions are prudent and necessary to help protect parish members with underlying health conditions, those who care for them, and the community at large.
Thank you for your understanding during this time!
A Prayer for the Sick
O Holy Father, heavenly Physician of our souls and bodies, who hast sent thine Only-Begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to heal all our ailments and deliver us from death: do thou visit and heal thy servant (names) granting him/her release from pain and restoration to health and vigor, that he/she may give thanks unto thee and bless thy Holy Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now an ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
One of the unique characteristics of the Orthodox faith is the ability to be united in prayer. At this time we cannot join together in-person but we can unite as a parish with daily prayer time. Father Mark has asked that all parish members unite in prayer three times daily at 8:00am, 12:00 noon and 6:00pm. We ask that everyone make a special effort to stop and unite in prayer at these specific times. Gather your family together in your icon corner, light a candle and pray the following prayers, the Trisagion and the Special Prayer for Healing and Protection from the New Pandemic, for our parish, community and the world. A PDF of these prayers can be found here: Daily Parish Prayers
Many new online resources have been made available to help us continue in our prayer life during this Lenten season.
- Holy Cross Monastery in West Virginia will be live-streaming their entire Lenten service schedule on both their Facebook page & YouTube channel. More information and links can be found on their website. (Reminder they are in the eastern time zone): https://www.holycross.org/blogs/news/monastery-livestreaming-all-services-throughout-coronavirus-epidemic
- The Antiochian Village will be live streaming services on their Facebook page. Friday evening Little Compline with Akathist Hymn 4:00pm central/5:00pm eastern. Sunday Liturgy at 9:00am central/10:00am eastern: https://www.facebook.com/AntiochianVillage/
- The authors of "Tending the Garden of Our Hearts, Meditations for Orthodox Families" will be hosting a virtual Sunday School on their website: https://tending-the-garden.com/virtualsundayschool/
- The Archdiocese has released texts for at home reader services for Vespers, Orthros, Typica and Great Compline. Those printable texts can be found on their website: https://antiochian.org/liturgicday
- For those looking for new reading material, the Antiochian Village Bookstore has issued a discount code good for 15% off your purchase of $10 or more good through the end of March. Code: lent2020 https://store.antiochianvillage.org/home.php
We were blessed with a visit from His Grace Bishop Anthony to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
During this visit he celebrated Hierarchical Nativity Liturgy and ordained a new subdeacon for our parish.
St Mary of Egypt Sunday
10:00am Divine Liturgy
4:30pm Ironwood Liturgy
Saint Sophronius, Bishop of Irkutsk and Wonderworker of all Siberia, whose family name was Kristalevsky, was born in Malorussia in the Chernigov region in 1704. His father, Nazarius, was “a common man in his affairs,” and the saint was named Stephen, in honor of the protomartyr Saint…
Holy Prophet Joad came from Samaria and prophesied during the tenth century before Christ (See 1/3 Kings 13). The prophet was sent by the Lord from Judea to Bethel to denounce the Israelite king Jereboam for polluting his nation with idol worship. The Lord commanded the prophet, “Eat no…
The Holy Apostles Sosthenes was head of the Corinthian synagogue before his conversion. The Apostle Paul converted him to Christianity and made him his helper in his work. In addressing the Corinthian church, Saint Paul sent greetings from both of them: “Paul, by the will of God called to be…
In the Acts of the Holy Apostles we read the following: “A certain Jew named Apollos, born in Alexandria, eloquent and well-versed in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. He was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spoke and taught diligently the things of the…
According to Tradition, the Holy Apostle Cephas was Bishop of Iconium. No accounts of him have been preserved. It is assumed that he is the one who is mentioned by the Apostle Paul (1 Cor.15:5). Saint Cephas is also commemorated on December 8 and the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles on January 4.
The Holy Apostle Caesar is also commemorated on December 8 and the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles on January 4.
The Holy Apostle Epaphroditus was Bishop of Adrianium (Italy). He was also a companion of Saint Paul who sent him to the Christians of Philippi. Saint Paul speaks about his hard work in the vineyard of Christ: “I thought it necesary to send you Epaphroditus, my brother and coworker and fellow…
Saint Euboula, Mother of the Great Martyr Panteleimon (July 27), died peacefully around 303, before the martyrdom of her son.
Saint John the Silent Bishop of the city of Colonia, was a model of a good Christian life for his flock. Persecuted by the governor, he was deprived of the archbishop’s cathedra and went to the monastery of Saint Sava the Sanctified, where he was glorified in ascetic deeds of silence, prayer,…
Saint Zosimus, Bishop of Syracuse, was born in answer to the fervent prayers of his parents, who were childless for a long time. When their son reached the age of seven, his parents sent him to a monastery to be educated. When the holy ascetic became an adult, he received monastic tonsure, and…
The Meeting of the Most Holy Theotokos and Saint Elizabeth. The establishment of this Feast and the composition of the Service are the work of Archimandrite Antonin Kapustin (+ 1894), head of the Russian Orthodox Mission in Jerusalem. The Gorneye Convent in Jerusalem, built on the site of the…
"Sometimes called the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church is the first Christian Church,the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles. For twenty centuries, she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ." Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
To learn more please visit the Antiochian Archdiocese website at: Introducing Orthodoxy