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  • A Brief History of our Cathedral

    Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish traces its history to December 2, 1857, when the first Orthodox Society was founded in San Francisco. In those early years, the Orthodox population of the Bay Area was spiritually and sacramentally served by chaplains from Russian Navy ships that frequented San Francisco Bay. During the Holy Week of 1868, an Orthodox Priest was sent to the City from Alaska to conduct the Paschal services here... Read More

  • Holy Week and Pascha

    The Eastern Orthodox calendar consists of a sequence of feasts and fasts commemorating the Incarnation and its fulfillment in the Church. Pre-eminent among all the festivals is Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, which determines all the movable feasts for the liturgical calendar...

    Join us this week as we celebrate the Feast of Feasts!   Read More

  • Easter, the Brightest Night

    "All our experiences during the holy days of the Passion Week and Christ's Resurrection are not only symbols and sacred memories. The power of the Church lies precisely in that she takes us out of time and into that past which, in its eternity, is both the present and the future ...The last echoes of the Passion fade away after the short midnight service. The Holy Shroud is carried into the sanctuary. In the yet dark church are heard the sounds of the first Easter prayer..."  Read More

  • This Week

    Holy Fri, April 29: 10:00 am Royal Hours; 4:00 pm Vespers of Deposition; 7:00 pm Matins of Holy Saturday

    Holy Sat, April 30: 10:00 am Vespers and Divine Liturgy; 11:30 pm HOLY PASCHA - Nocturnes, Procession, Divine Liturgy

    Sun, May 1: 1:00 pm Agape Vespers

    Wed, May 4: 10:00 am Paschal Divine Liturgy; 6pm Vespers

    Sat, May 7: 6:00 pm Vigil

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Welcome to Holy Trinity

We gather for worship on Saturday evening and on Sunday Morning. We are old. We are young. We are middle aged. Some are married, some are single. Many of us have come to the Orthodox Church after years of searching. The Orthodox Church is the historical Church, which was founded on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem and spread throughout Judea and finally the world. In our services we celebrate the great truths of the Christian Faith.

Holy Trinity Cathedral is named after the Godhead; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This is particularly significant in that the Trinitarian understanding of the Godhead based upon the revelation of God, is uniquely Christian. The Orthodox Church has often been referred to as "the Church of the Holy Trinity" because of her commitment to the critical necessity of maintaining the Trinitarian faith. If God is One yet Three Persons as He has revealed Himself to be, and if we are created in the image and likeness of God, then understanding and living out this Trinitarian nature is critical to our life and faith...

  • May 15 2012

Saturday of Lazarus

by Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

The joy that permeates and enlightens the service of Lazarus Saturday stresses one major theme: the forthcoming victory of Christ over Hades. "Hades" is the Biblical term for Death and its universal power, for inescapable darkness that swallows all life and with its shadow poisons the whole world. But now — with Lazarus’ resurrection — "death begins to tremble." A decisive duel between Life and Death begins giving us the key to the entire liturgical mystery of Pascha. Already in the fourth century Lazarus’ Saturday was called the "announcement of Pascha." For, indeed, it announces and anticipates the wonderful light and peace of the next — The Great — Saturday, the day of life-giving Tomb...


  • Apr 22 2016