Our 150th Year!

Our 150th Year!

Our Sesquicentennial Celebration!

Holy Trinity is celebrating 150 Years of service to Christ and neighbor in San Francisco!

One hundred and fifty years ago, during the Holy Week of 1868, an Orthodox missionary was sent to San Francisco from Alaska to conduct Paschal services here. That priest, Father Nicholas Kovrigin, became the first permanent Orthodox priest in San Francisco.  This marked the beginning of regular liturgical life here in our City.  Since then, we have traced our jubilees from that year.

Parish life took root even earlier: we trace our history to December 2, 1857, when the first Orthodox Society was founded in San Francisco.  Ten years later, on September 2, 1867, it was incorporated as the Greek Russian Slavonian Orthodox Eastern Church and Benevolent Society. During these years, the Orthodox population of the Bay Area was spiritually and sacramentally served by chaplains from Russian Navy ships that frequented San Francisco Bay.   We give thanks to God for the efforts of the pioneering Orthodox parishioners in San Francisco, including young St. Sebastian (Dabovich) and his family.

As we gather to praise and thank God for preserving and building up church life in San Francisco, we also celebrate how the beginnings of Holy Trinity Cathedral mark the establishment of the Orthodox mission throughout what is now the Diocese of the West and indeed all of North America south of Alaska.  In marking this sesquicentennial, we ask God to strengthen and preserve all of us for the next 150 years as we seek to proclaim the good news of our Lord, and God, and Savior Jesus Christ in our time and place.

We are honored to share this event with those from near and far.  Details will be updated as they become available. Please keep checking!

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 19
Eve of Sesquicentennial Celebration
6:00 pm Vespers followed by a reception at the cathedral

Saturday, October 20
Sesquicentennial Celebration
9:30 am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, our Archbishop Benjamin, and other hierarchs, clergy, distinguished guests, and faithful parishioners.
Coffee and pastries to follow downstairs in the fellowship hall

1:00 pm Celebratory Banquet at McCormick & Kuleto’s at Ghirardelli Square (with ticket purchase)
*Banquet seating is limited for this event and must be reserved ahead of time.  If you would like to reserve a seat, please contact Fr. Kirill (frkirill@holy-trinity.org).  Price is $50/person. 

4:00 pm Great Vespers
at Cathedral

Sunday, October 21 
For those still in town, we will celebrate our regular Resurrectional Divine Liturgy at 10:00 Sunday morning.  His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska will preside at the Divine Liturgy.

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 8
Advent Retreat with Fr. Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

To Jesus Christ, who was, who is, and who is coming, Lord of time and history, be endless praise, forever and ever. Amen.