Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)

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Dormition of the Virgin Mary
The new church building of St. Mary Macedonian Orthodox Church
Location 400 S. Waggoner Rd.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Country  United States
Denomination Macedonian Orthodox Church
Founded 1958
Diocese American-Canadian
Pastor(s) Very Rev. Dusko Gorgievski

The "Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary" (Macedonian: Македонска Православна Kатедрала „Успение на Пресвета Богородица“), also known as "St. Mary" (Macedonian: Пресвета Богородица), is a Macedonian Orthodox Church located in Reynoldsburg (Columbus area), Ohio. It is one of the oldest Macedonian Orthodox communities in the United States and in the American-Canadian Diocese.[1]


Christ Pantocrator Fresco under the church dome
The very rev. Dushko Gorgievski
Church interior during service

In 1914, fewer than two thousand Macedonian Americans resided in Ohio.[2] Most Macedonians settled along Lake Erie, especially in Cleveland, where they found low-paying jobs in factories or worked as day laborers, but the majority of Macedonians who came to Ohio settled in Akron, Cincinnati, Lorain, Canton, Massillon, and Columbus. Long before the Macedonian Orthodox Church was declared autonomous, early Macedonian[dubious ] immigrants and their descendants founded churches that were under the jurisdiction of the Exarchate in Bulgaria and the Patriarch in Serbia. In 1958, the Macedonian Orthodox Church was granted her autonomy, and during the same year members of the Macedonian community of Columbus submitted an application to the city for establishing a new church under its jurisdiction.[3] Early church parishioners were Theodore Pashovich, Petar Christoff, and Velo Bozhin, with Andon Stoicheff as the first president of the church committee. The parish was organized on September 17, 1958 as the oldest parish of the Macedonian Orthodox Church in America.[4] In 1960, a property was purchased and the church building was finally completed in 1965. The consecration ceremony was held on Thomas' Sunday (Sunday after Pascha-Easter) in 1965.

In 2006, the parish community relocated and purchased a new 14-acre (57,000 m2) property just east of Columbus in Reynoldsburg. A new church was built along with banquet hall facilities.

Church Name[edit]

The parish was consecrated as "Makedonska Pravoslavna Crkva Uspenie na Presveta Bogorodica" (Macedonian Cyrillic: Македонска Православна Црква „Успение на Пресвета Богородица“), in honor of the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches. The feast commemorates the "falling asleep" or death of Mary, the mother of Jesus (literally translated as God-bearer, or Birth-giver), and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into heaven. Roman Catholic churches also celebrate the Great Feast of the Assumption, which commemorates the same event from a Roman Catholic perspective.

Orthodox parishes named in honor of the Great Feast of the Dormition generally use a naming convention that contains either "Dormition of the Mother of God", "Dormition of the Theotokos" or "Dormition of the Virgin Mary" in their formal names. The Macedonian language version of the parish name has always followed this naming convention, although throughout most of its history the parish was officially registered and known as the "St. Mary Macedonian American Eastern Orthodox Church". There are a total of four great feasts honoring the Mother of God in the Orthodox faith: The Dormition, the Nativity of the Theotokos, the Presentation of the Theotokos, and the Annunciation. Because "St. Mary" can be used to represent any of the four feasts, it was felt that the existing name did not convey the correct meaning to the general public. For these reasons, the parish council voted to change the parish's corporate name so that it is consistent with accepted naming conventions. When the parish consecrated its new building in 2006, building signage was installed emphasizing the formal version of the parish name and reads "Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary".

Parish members continue to refer to the parish using the "St. Mary" name because of sentimental reasons, its long history of use and ease of use. For these reasons, the building monument sign also contains a reference to "St. Mary". The parish also continues to maintain a registration for the former name.

Services and Liturgy[edit]

St. Mary- Bogrodica - August 2011

This parish is under the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom which is under the Eastern Orthodox Church right. The liturgy is ran under the Very Rev. Dusko Gorgievski (Протоереј-ставрофор Душан Ѓорѓиевски) and sub-decon Gorgi Gurcinovski (ипоѓакон Ѓорѓи Ѓурчиновски). Being an Eastern Orthodox church, the parish follows Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar (also known as the Julian calendar) and has distinct differences from the Gregorian calendar. The Divine Liturgy-Eucharist is held every Sunday, on major Feasts days of the Orthodox Church and on the days celebrating most revered saints of the Orthodox Church. The Divine Liturgy begins promptly at 10:30 am and last until 12:00 pm. In addition to the service, there is also a Sunday school provided. There, the priest gives a lesson on the Holy Scriptures or Holy Tradition topics every Sunday before he starts the service and from then on, the children will learn how to write and speak Macedonian language for those who do not know how to.

While holding liturgy every Sundays, the church also holds special services – like the Liturgy of Saint Basil during Lent and other major and strict fasts.

In the Fall of 2008, the parish began work on frescoes that were to be painted on the interior sanctuary walls. The work was done by Archpriest Fr. Theodore Jurewicz, from Erie, Pennsylvania who is one of the very revs of The Church of The Nativity of Christ. He spent 6 weeks working on the Christ Pantocrator with the help of a group of helpers from Ohio, Oregon, Montana and few Romanian Orthodox nuns. Today, there is still much progress to be done, but inch by inch, the parish is covering the walls.

As of April 2013, Fr. Theodore has completed the altar of the church. In this, he has depicted many important and traditional frescoes. For example, on the far wall of the altar is the most holy Theotokos, or the icon, Our Lady of the Sign also known as "more spacious than the heavens" (Greek: Πλατυτέρα των Ουρανών [Platytera ton ouranon]). In addition to this, he has also depicted The Ascension of Jesus and the Feast of the Pentecost is also depicted. Fr. Theodore has also begun restoration on the iconostaisis.


  1. ^ Retrieved 14 September 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Macedonian Ohioans - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Corporate Records of the Ohio Secretary of State
  4. ^ Corporate Records of the Ohio Secretary of State

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