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Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This Sunday's Gospel reading gives us a vivid picture of how to differentiate between following the letter of God's law and understanding its spirit. We see an example what Scripture means when we read that "the letter (of the law) kills, but the Spirit gives life". (2Cor: 3:6) (continue)

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The question that is asked of the Savior in the beginning of this Gospel reading is a momentous question that each one of us needs to be constantly asking. "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" This Gospel reading answers this question and teaches us not only what we must do but even gives us a most revealing example of how to do it.(continue)
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Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The first thing that I want to do is remind those of you who live in our Bay Area that we have a pilgrimage scheduled this Saturday, Nov.15 to the Mare Island Cemetery where eight  Russian sailors who were stranded on Mare Island and died far away from their home and loved ones are buried. A group of these sailors were heroes who volunteered to help fight the terrible fires that engulfed parts of San Francisco after the great earthquake at the beginning of the 20th century. Our Church stresses how spiritually important it is to pray for those who have passed into the other world. This pilgrimage will be headed by Bishop Peter and assisted by our clergy. I urge all who are able to make this sacrifice to come for the service which will begin at 12:00 noon. Directions to the cemetery can be found on  Google maps if you enter the destination of Mare Island Cemetery, Vallejo 94592. (continue)

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Before beginning our discussion, I wanted to remind everyone of the three very important events that are happening this week. Thursday (Nov 6) is the main feast day of our Cathedral, the holiday of the icon Our Lady the Joy of All Who Sorrow. All people in the Bay Area are invited to the services as well as the festive meal that is open to all after the liturgy on Thursday. Those of you who live far away, please remember us on that day in your prayers. On Friday (Nov 7), the miracle-working icon of the Righteous St. Anna will visit the cathedral in the evening  for an akathist. Those of you who cannot make it to venerate the icon may, if you wish, send a request with a list of names to be read at the service to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Friday is also the anniversary of a most tragic happening. It is the date of the bloody Russian Revolution. A panihida will be served after the liturgy Friday morning for all the victims of this debacle. And now let us look at the Gospel reading: (continue)

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)

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