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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.

  • Let us give thanks to the Lord!

    As we celebrate Thanksgiving tonight with vigil at 6:00 PM and the Divine Liturgy Thursday at 10:00 AM we are reminded that praise and thanksgiving is what we do as Christians: The real characteristic of man is to be grateful, to give thanks to God, gratitude and joyful thanksgiving, to be a "Eucharistic animal." Read more...

  • Upcoming

    Wed, Nov 22: 6:00 pm Thanksgiving Vigil.

    Thu, Nov 23: Thanksgiving Day. 10:00 Divine Liturgy.

    Sat, Nov 25: 6:00 pm Vigil.

    Sun, Nov 26: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship meal. Parish Council meeting.

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Nativity of the Theotokos

Nativity of the TheotokosThe traditional account of the Nativity of the Theotokos is taken from the apocryphal writings which are not part of the New Testament scriptures. The traditional teaching which is celebrated in the hymns and verses of the festal liturgy is that Joachim and Anna were a pious Jewish couple who were among the small and faithful remnant - “the poor and the needy” - who were awaiting the promised messiah. The couple was old and childless. They prayed earnestly to the Lord for a child, since among the Jews barrenness was a sign of God's disfavor. In answer to their prayers, and as the reward of their unwavering fidelity to God, the elderly couple was blessed with the child who was destined, because of her own personal goodness and holiness, to become the Mother of the Messiah-Christ...

  • Sep 4 2017

Pentecost: the Gift of Hearing

by: Archpriest George M. Benigsen

THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT upon the Apostles on the day of the Pentecost represents the conclusion of Christ’s salutary task and the birth of His Church in this world. The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in the form of fiery tongues and endowed them with the gift of preaching which was understood and accepted by all people, all nations. Thus, the first gift of the Holy Spirit to the newly born Church was the gift of the Word. It was in God’s will for the new and good message of Christ to be understandable and, therefore, reasonable. This represented a complete confirmation of what was the very foundation of the world since the first moment of its creation...

 

  • May 31 2017

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