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Feasts

Feasts

Nativity Message of Archbishop Benjamin

May the brightness of the Child come into the world this day to dispel its darkness enlighten all of you, my beloved flock. May the hope given to us this day never fade away no matter the difficulties facing us. May the Gift that is placed in our hands this day always be received as the only gift that matters.

Let Us Celebrate, O People!

Let us celebrate, O people! Let us go up in spirit! Let us raise our minds on high! These are not simply exclamations of enthusiastic piety and emotional devotion for the few strange people who like that sort of thing. They are exhortations and commands which are essential to the spiritual life of all human beings who must hear and obey as if their life depended upon it. Because, in a real sense, it does…

Nativity Message of Metropolitan Tikhon

May the brightness of the Child come into the world this day to dispel its darkness enlighten all of you, my beloved flock. May the hope given to us this day never fade away no matter the difficulties facing us. May the Gift that is placed in our hands this day always be received as the only gift that matters.

Pentecost 2021 Photographs

“On the last day, that great day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink…” (John 7:37-52; 8:12). On Saturday evening and the morning of Sunday, June 20, our Cathedral parish celebrated our patronal feast day of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin presided at the festal services. Our festivities began with a festal vigil and reception Saturday night celebrated with all of our…

Pascha 2021 Photographs

In the early moments of Sunday, May 2, 2021, the cathedral clergy and faithful celebrated the bright and saving day of the Lord’s Resurrection – Pascha – Easter. Christ is risen! Photographs courtesy Matushka Sophia Sokolov.

Looking Ahead to Holy Week & Pascha

Looking Ahead to Holy Week & Pascha April 25 – May 2, 2021 On Lazarus Saturday (April 24), we enter into the special and sacred time of Holy Week and Pascha. Each and every one of us is called to truly “lay aside all earthly cares,” i.e., all activities and concerns that distract from the great mystery which is happening for us and to us. It must be an experience that transcends the fulfilling of an annual religious obligation or…

Archbishop Benjamin’s Lenten Message

2021 Lenten Message of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin To the Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Diocese of the West: But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not…

The Blessing of Water

In the Book of Genesis, we read that creation began when the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:2) Throughout the Bible, water plays an important and a ‘mystical role’ in human existence and in man’s relationship with God the Creator. Water has the capacity to produce death, as recounted in the story of Noah and the ark (Gen. 6); or to produce life, as noted in the story of Moses’ striking the rock in…

Nativity Message of Archbishop Benjamin

May the brightness of the Child come into the world this day to dispel its darkness enlighten all of you, my beloved flock. May the hope given to us this day never fade away no matter the difficulties facing us. May the Gift that is placed in our hands this day always be received as the only gift that matters.

The Liturgy in the World: A perpetual longing

And what do we see in practice? Separated from the will of God and indifferent to it, man’s free will is transformed, as the result of pride, suspicion and hatred, into a world-destroying power which causes both man and nature to groan. Is there no place from which we might expect something decisively new, which could alter the direction of this development?

Dormition of the Holy 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…

Pentecost 2020 Photographs

“On the last day, that great day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink…” (John 7:37-52; 8:12). On this, our parish feast day, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence, Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West. Concelebrating with His Eminence were Archpriest Kirill Sokolov, Dean, and Protodeacon Brendan Doss. Due to the shelter-in-place, we missed our parishioners and friends but were blessed to…