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Feasts

Feasts

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…
Fr Kirill and family lighting candles on behalf of all of our faithful

Pascha 2020 Photographs

In this year when we are called to stay at home, the clergy and a small number of singers led by His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, served and live-streamed the divine services of the bright and saving Pascha – Easter – the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Parishioners from near and far faithfully prayed with us in their homes. We are happy to present a small photo album of pictures from our…
Pascha Icon 2020

The Paschal Message of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin 2020

To the Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Diocese of the West: Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! In the Divine Liturgy, at the apex of the Anaphora, the Gifts are raised on high by the deacon as the following prayer is said, ending with the exclamation: Remembering this saving commandment and all those things which have come to pass for us: the Cross, the Tomb, the Resurrection on the third day, the Ascension into heaven, the Sitting…

Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon Pascha 2020

To the Venerable Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen! Today we celebrate the feast of feasts, the radiant joyful feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. He became a man like us, and was crucified, suffered, and was buried for us. And today, after three days in the tomb, He rises from the dead, offering us all the promise of Resurrection unto eternal life. Our life in the Resurrection begins even…
Pascha and Kulitch

The Blessing of Foods on Pascha

This year we are unable to gather at the cathedral to have our Paschal food blessed. Below is a brief order of blessing that can be done at home before the home meal on Pascha day. Sing the following three times: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. After having finished singing, the head of the family reads the following prayer for the blessing of meat: O Lord…

Holy Week & Pascha 2020

Weekly bulletins are distributed every Sunday at the Divine Liturgy.  They contain Sunday scripture readings, commemorate birthdays and anniversaries, communicate parish announcements, and highlight divine services in the coming week. You can also download the latest bulletin in PDF format here.

Nativity Message of Archbishop Benjamin

NATIVITY OF OUR LORD 2019 To the Reverend Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of the West Dearly beloved: Christ is Born! Glorify Him! There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots…     The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow…

Archpastoral Message of Metropolitan Tikhon

Archpastoral Message ofHis Beatitude Metropolitan TikhonNativity of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ2019 To the Honorable Clergy, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, My Beloved Brethren and Blessed Children in the Lord, Christ is born! Glorify Him! As we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ in the flesh, and His baptism in the River Jordan, we call to mind the important roles that his mother, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, and his Forerunner, John the…

Pascha 2019 Photographs

In the early moments of Sunday, April 28, 2019, 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 20 – April 28, 2019 On Lazarus Saturday (April 20), 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…
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