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. 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!
Friday, October 19 Eve of Sesquicentennial Celebration
6:00 pm Vespers followed by a reception at the cathedral
Limited parking available at St. Brigid’s beginning at 5:00 (until 9:00) on Friday. Please consider public transit, carpooling, and car services for your convenience.
Saturday, October 20 Sesquicentennial Celebration
9:30 am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Coffee and pastries to follow downstairs in the fellowship hall
1:00 pm Celebratory Banquet at McCormick & Kuleto’s at Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., San Franciso, CA 94109 (with ticket purchase)
Banquet seating is limited and sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Fr. Kirill (firstname.lastname@example.org). Price is $50/person.
4:00 pm (after the banquet) Great Vespers at Cathedral
Limited parking available at St. Brigid’s from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday. Please consider public transit, carpooling, and car services for your convenience.
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.
Parking available at St. Brigid’s.
A special rate is available at the da Vinci Villa Hotel (2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109;
Phone: (415) 529-2500).
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.