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Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
A common but deadly mistake people make is forgetting that everything that we have, including our life, is not really ours. Everything belongs to God and is given to us by God. And as the rightful owner, the Savior will hold us accountable for how we utilize what He has given us. This truth is most vividly confirmed in this week's Gospel reading. (continue)
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This Gospel reading is especially important in our time. The culture of death is becoming more and more of a problem in contemporary society. Abortions abound and are legal. People who oppose them are called evil. Euthanasia is gaining more and more acceptance. Life after death is mocked as a silly superstition. In view of this growing darkness, a correct understanding of the nature of death and what follows is something that we as Orthodox Christian need always to remember. This Gospel reading encourages us to do just that. (continue)

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This week's short Gospel reading demonstrates in a most profound way  how radically different are the moral values found in Christ's teachings as compared to the moral norms of civil society. When we read these words of the Savior, we are faced with the need to conduct a sober self analysis. Which are the values that we follow in our personal lives? Are we with Christ, or are we with the world? (continue)

St Anna's icon visit to Holy Virgin Cathedral

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill, the St Anna icon will be brought to San Francisco by Abbot Sergius of St. Tikhon's Monastery in Pennsylvania. The icon is not currently weeping but is still miraculous in her intercessions.

The greeting of the holy Icon and Molieben with Akathist are scheduled for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 7:00 pm at Holy Virgin Cathedral (6210 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco).

Archpriest Peter Perekrestov
Holy Virgin Cathedral

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

In this Gospel reading we see the Savior calling His first apostles to full time service for His Mission. We can read about this and view it simply as a very important event in the history of the Church. But if that is all that we get out of this reading, we are denying ourselves vital spiritual information that the Gospel is meant to give us. Divine Scripture is God speaking to us and teaching us what we need to know for the benefit of our spiritual lives. Therefore, it is very important to not only read the Gospel on a surface level, but to always look deeper for the lessons that our Savior is offering. (continue)

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Before we begin our discussion, I would like to remind everyone that on Saturday of this week, we celebrate one of the twelve major feast days of the Church, the Exaltation of the Cross. By chronology, it is the last of these twelve feast days. During the vigil on Friday, the cross will be carried out to the middle of the church by the bishop and raised and lowered five times in different directions in memory of how the original cross of Christ was raised in different directions for all the people to venerate it after it was found, having been hidden by Christ's enemies for several hundred years. I urge all of you who are able to come to the cathedral to witness and participate in this solemn ceremony. (continue)

Nativity of the Mother of God

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

First of all I want to apologize to those of you who read my weekly discussions on the Sobor website. My discussion on last Sunday's Gospel reading never made it on to the website because I submitted it too late. Because this Sunday is one of the twelve major feast days of our Church, I think that it would be appropriate and profitable to talk about it instead of the Gospel reading. (continue)

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see the Savior relating a parable and asking the Jewish leaders to pass judgment on the behavior of the people in the parable. Not suspecting that the parable was actually describing them and their evil behavior, they condemn the villains in the parable. By doing this, they were unwittingly condemning themselves. But this is not the only message that the Lord is giving us through this reading. He is also talking to us. (continue)

HVC Sisterhood Garage Sale
All-Diocesan Celebration

Commemorating 50 years of the canonization of St John of Kronstadt and 700 years of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh - October 3 and 4, 2014.

Taste of Russia Festival September 28, 2014

11am - 6 pm

Entrance Fee: $5.00

This year's program will include:

  • Slavyanka Russian Chorus
  • Holy Virgin Cathedral Choir
  • Nikolai Massenkoff of Russian Folk Festival
  • Sivka Burka Cossacks Children Ensemble
  • Russian Center's Folk Dance Ensemble
  • First Russian Ballet......and more!

Parking will be available at Presidio Jr High School lot on 29th and Geary Blvd.


Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This coming week on Thursday will mark the end of the Dormition Fast, when we celebrate the glorious Dormition of the Mother of God. The Gospel reading this Sunday prepares us for this holiday by teaching us the most-important Christian virtues,  compassion and forgiveness. (continue)

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Before we begin to discuss the Gospel reading, just a small reminder that we are in the middle of the Dormition Fast, a fasting period that is short but very strict, on a par with Great Lent. Through this fast, we prepare ourselves to honor the Mother of God as she leaves our world for the Heavenly Kingdom where she becomes the great Heavenly Mother and protector to all people who turn to her for assistance. (continue)

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