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  • Our Bells

    The seven bells of Holy Trinity Cathedral are one of our great civic and ecclesiastical treasures. Five of the seven were a gift from Tsar Alexander III of Russia in thanksgiving for the miraculous preservation of his life (and those of his family) from an assassination attempt. Two other bells were locally recast by Garrett and Co. from older bells that melted during one of several fires that seriously damaged the temple in the course of the years. The largest bell of the set is a huge instrument of 5,765 pounds, and carries the following inscriptions (in Russian): "This bell was cast for the San Francisco Cathedral of the Orthodox American Mission during the Episcopate of Bishop Vladimir at the request of the hieromonk Joel, A.D. 1888." ...  Read More

     

  • Forgiveness

    In an Orthodox parish there is really nothing to compare to the unique Vespers of Forgiveness served on the very eve of Great Lent. Much has already been written about this Service elsewhere, and lots already has been said. All that remains is for us to come and to participate in the Vespers, ask forgiveness of each other, giving forgiveness to all—whether they ask or not—and supporting one another during the Lenten ascetic effort. The forty days of Lent—a tithe of our year—begins on Sunday, February 26 at 6:00 PM. If for some reason it is impossible to attend the Vespers, and that would be unfortunate, then find the time to seek out those from whom you need to ask forgiveness before you leave the church that day.

  • This Sunday

    How shall it be in that hour and fearful day, when the Judge shall sit on his dread throne! The books shall be opened and men’s actions shall be examined, and the secrets of darkness shall be made public. Angels shall hasten to and fro, gathering all the nations. Come ye and hearken, kings and princes, slaves and free, sinners and righteous, rich and poor: for the Judge comes to pass sentence on the whole inhabited earth. And who shall bear to stand before his face in the presence of the angels, as they call us to account for our actions and our thoughts, whether by night or by day? How shall it be then in that hour! But before the end is here, make haste, my soul, and cry: O God who only art compassionate, turn me back and save me. —a hymn of the day

  • This Week

    Wed, Feb 22: 6:00 pm Vespers

    Sat, Feb 25: 6:00 pm Vigil

    Sun, Feb 26: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy, 6:00 pm Vespers of Forgiveness. BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT.

    Clean Mon, Feb 27: 7:00 am Matins, 5:00 pm Hours and Vespers, 7pm Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

    Clean Tues, Feb 28: 7:00 am Matins, 5:00 pm Hours and Vespers, 7pm Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

    Clean Wed, March 1: 7:00 am Matins, 6:00 pm Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts followed by lenten potluck

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August 15: The Dormition of the Theotokos

The first chapter of St. Luke's gospel contains an outstanding hymn by the holy Theotokos, which poured out of her heart in response to the salutation of her relative, the righteous Elizabeth:  Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. This Elizabethan prophecy, that we repeat so often in one of our most favorite prayers Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, was followed by Mary's hymn, Mary's prayerful prophesy, which is especially important for our attention on the day of her glorious Dormition.

And Mary said: 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.' From her childhood her entire life was dedicated to God. Her very birth from the childless and elderly parents was a miraculous one. From her infancy her home was the Temple, where she was presented at the age of three years, and was totally dedicated to God. The angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced the will of God, telling her that the Son of God was to be born of her. In an act of voluntary humility and loving obedience, she accepted on behalf of the whole of humanity this good news, this good will of God concerning her...

  • Jul 18 2015

Summer Saints

Very often, we tend to perceive summer as leisure time, and unfortunately, we include our spiritual life in this.  We tend to lay back spiritually and "take it easy." This is most obviously reflected in our diminished attendance at church services.  And we are probably also less alert in our ascetic efforts: praying, fasting, spiritual reading, charitable works...

This, perhaps, can be somewhat explained by the fact that there are no major Church feasts between the great festival of Pentecost and the majestic celebration of Christ's Transfiguration on August 6.  But, if we glance at the summer pages of the Church calendar, we will find some important things for us.

The first Sunday after Pentecost is dedicated to the memory of All Saints.  At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon Christ's disciples, thus baptizing the Holy Church.  The presence of the Holy Spirit is manifested by its fruits.  Saints are those who bore these fruits, in every generation they were well pleasing to God; therefore, it is very logical to celebrate their memory immediately after the Feast of Pentecost ...

 
  • Jun 8 2015

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