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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

  • Nativity Fast

    The Nativity Fast begins on November 15, ushering Orthodox Christians into a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. How are we to fast? Simply and effectively—each person struggling to his or her true potential, to keep the divinely-inspired guidelines of the fast (i.e., no meat, dairy, etc), to increase prayer, worship and of course, to make a conscious effort to give alms.

  • Fr John leads Advent Retreat

    We hosted our annual Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Archpriest John Takahashi spoke on "San Francisco and Tokyo in 19th Century Orthodox Christianity.” Parishioners from across the Bay Area attended two talks by Fr. John on the intricate connections in the stories of the missionary work and cathedrals of Tokyo and San Francisco. Photographs...

  • Upcoming

    Tue, Dec 12: 6:00 pm Vespers; followed by parish council meeting.

    Wed, Dec 13: St Herman of Alaska. 9:00 am Divine Liturgy.

    Sat, Dec 16: 6:00 pm Vigil.

    Sun, Dec 17: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship meal; IOCC Care Package Assembly and Tree Trimming.

    Visit our full calendar 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

Exaltation of the Cross

The Exaltation of the Cross is celebrated twice during the ecclesiastical year.  The first time, and one of the twelve great feasts, is September 14.  The second celebration occurs in the spring, at the vigil service of the third Sunday of Great Lent. Immediately after the singing of the Great Doxology of Matins, the Cross of Christ is brought in solemn procession to the center of the church building. It remains enthroned there for the entire middle week of Lent for the veneration and contemplation of the faithful.

The cross was the instrument of capital punishment in the Roman Empire in the time of Jesus. Criminals were executed by being tied or nailed to the cross. According to the Law of the Old Testament, anyone who was crucified was considered as a sinner cursed by God: Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree. (Deuteronomy 21 :23) . . . 

 

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