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  • Come and See

    Established in 1857, Holy Trinity Cathedral is the oldest Orthodox parish in the contiguous United States. The present temple was built in 1909 to replace an earlier church destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire and is located in San Francisco's historic Russian Hill neighborhood… Read more.

  • Triumph of Icons

    Bless yourselves with the sign of the Cross, O holy people! Kiss the icon of the Savior reverently and cry out from the depths of your heart along with your mother, the Church, "We venerate Thy most pure image, O Good One, and we ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God." Amen. Read More

  • Lenten Retreat

    Our annual parish retreat will take place Saturday, March 7, here, at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Fr. Innocent from Saint John's Monastery will deliver a talk titled: "Lent and Pascha: the Journey of the Heart to Joy." The retreat begins at 9 am with continental breakfast and concludes at 3 pm following closing prayers. Read More

  • Clean Week

    Sun, March 1: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy, 6:00 pm Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers in Santa Rosa
    Wed, March 25: 6:00 pm Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Potluck
    Fri, March 6: 6:00 pm Presanctified Liturgy
    Sat, Feb 28: 6:00 pm Vigil
    Please visit our full schedule of services..

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

Sunday of Orthodoxy

We venerate Thy most pure image, O Good One!

Priest Vladimir Sakovich

The first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. On this day, in commemoration of the victory of Orthodoxy over heresies, the holy Church, as a loving Mother, invites her faithful children to venerate and honor in piety the holy icons of the Savior, the Mother of God and the Saints.

At the start of the eighth century in the Church there began a catastrophe that continued for more than a hundred years. A cruel persecution arose against the holy icons and those who venerated them. The holy vessels used in the celebration of divine services were trampled under foot, because the Saints were depicted on them. Everywhere holy icons were removed, taken from the temples and cast into rivers or burned. The defenders of the veneration of icons were subjected to all possible kinds of persecution, even capital punishment. At that time many bishops, priests and others were tortured for venerating the holy icons. They were shut up in prisons and tortured. Some had their noses or ears cut off. Others had their eyes put out or their hands severed. But the word of Christ, that the gates of Hell should not prevail against the holy Church, and that He would remain with it until the end of the age is immutable. In the year 842, after the last enemy of the veneration of icons finished his days in horrible torment, the emperor Theophilus and his wife the empress Theodora put an end to the persecution and unrest...

  • Feb 28 2015