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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)

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

With profound gratitude we glorify God for the joy that we were blessed with in our celebration of the 20th anniversary of the glorification of St. John. Now that the celebration has passed, we are able to return to our normal lives with a greatly renewed spirit. On Sunday we will be hearing a Gospel reading that teaches us about the power of deep spiritual faith and exhorts us to live our lives actively according to this faith. (continue)

St. John's 20th Anniversary Banquet

Online registration for the banquet is now closed. Please contact Nadine Buick on 650 281 1954 for available seating.

The banquet will be held at the United Irish Cultural Centre of San Francisco - 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco.

Parking during St. John's 20th Anniversary Weekend

Parking will be available for St. John's 20th Anniversary weekend at Presidio Middle School - 30th Ave and Geary Blvd

Saturday, June 28th, parking lot opens at 4pm and will stay open for the midnight service through Sunday, June 29th, until 3pm.

Cost is $5.00 per car per entry

Расписание всенароднаго празднования 20-летия прославления свт. Иоанна Шанхайскаго и Сан-Францисскаго чудотворца

Пятница 27 июня
В 5 ч. веч.  Вечернее богослужение 
В 7:00 веч.  После вечернего богослужения – перенесение гробницы с мощами святителя Иоанна на середину храма и всенародное пение акафиста св. Иоанну перед его мощами.

Суббота 28 июня  
В 4:30 дня  Встреча «Курской» иконы Божьей Матери
В 4:45 дня  "Наречение" Архимандрита Николая (Ольховского)
В 5:30 веч.  Всенощное бдение
В 11 ч. веч.  Малое освящение воды

Воскресенье 29 июня  
В 00:00 утра  Божественная Литургия (в полночь с субботы на воскресенье)
В 8:45 утра  Встреча Его Высокопреосвященства Митрополита Илариона Первоиерарха Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей
В 9 ч. утра  "Чин Исповедования" и Божественная Литургия.
В 3 ч. дня  Банкет

Schedule of the Solemn Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker

Friday June 27th
5:00 pm Vespers and Matins
7:00 pm Following the daily Vespers and Matins, St. John's relics will be transferred to the middle of the cathedral and an Akathist to St. John will be chanted before them.

Saturday June 28th
4:30 pm Greeting of the “Kursk-Root” Icon of the Mother of God
4:45 pm "Episcopal Nomination" of Archimandrite Nicholas (Olhovsky)
5:30 pm All-night Vigil
11:00 pm Lesser Blessing of the Waters

Sunday June 29th
12:00 am Midnight Divine Liturgy
8:45 am Greeting of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
9:00 am “Confession of Faith” and Divine Liturgy
3:00 pm Banquet

Third Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and  Sister:

This Sunday is an exceptionally joyous day for us at the cathedral as we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the glorification of our dear St. John. The Gospel reading for this Sunday reveals to us the kind of relationship we should have with God in order to be His true children. It is not per chance that we read this Gospel during our celebration on Sunday as this is the path walked by St John during his earthly life, a path that led to his sanctity. (continue)

Sunday of All Saints of Russia

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This Sunday, the second Sunday after the Pentecost, is dedicated to the memory of all Russian Saints. The Gospel reading for this day talks about how the Savior called His first apostles to follow Him. And our Russian saints give us a most-perfect example of what it means to "follow the Savior".

MATTHEW 4: 18-23
18. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
23. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

This was not the first time that these four men met and talked to Jesus. They met Jesus when He first began His mission after He came out of the wilderness. He had just completed His prayer vigil of 40 days following His baptism by St. John the Baptist. They then heard about His mission and traveled with Him, during which time they witnessed His first miracle, the changing of water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. In fact, as St John reveals in his gospel account of this miracle, one of the reasons that Jesus performed this miracle was to build the apostles' faith in Him. Later however, they returned back to their homes and their regular life. Now when Jesus comes to them to call them for full-time service as apostles, they leave everything behind to answer His call. From this point on, they are with the Savior, never leaving Him during the entire length of His mission on earth.

The Savior's word's to the apostles to follow Him are meant not only to the apostles but also to every Orthodox Christian. Therefore, it is important for us to think about what that Savior expects from us when He is calling out to us to "follow Him". Obviously, we are not called to the same kind of service as the apostles. But we do need to "follow the Savior" if we are to earn salvation, and our Russian saints show us the way. They took to heart the Savior's words when He said: if you love Me, keep my commandments, and, overcoming all worldly temptations and difficulties, they remained faithful to Him. Jesus always prayed, and they strove to grow in prayer. The Savior loved the Temple; the saints considered the church to be their second home. The Messiah being sinless, nevertheless, fasted, and they faithfully fasted. Jesus, despite being not only man but also God, was an example of true humility, and the saints were humble. The Savior was merciful, compassionate, forgiving, always denying Himself for the sake of others. The saints did the same. They can lead us up the road to salvation, clearing out of the way all roadblocks. If we walk this road with them emulating them as much as possible, they will lead us without fail to the very gates of the Heavenly Kingdom. By following them, we are following our Lord.

My dear brothers and sisters, yes, the Christian road is very narrow and difficult. The Kingdom of God is a reward to us for our effort against a very formidable enemy. Yes, it is impossible for us to walk it by ourselves. But that is why Jesus sent down to earth the Holy Spirit. For God, nothing is impossible. With the Grace of the Holy Spirit as our strength, we can do it. Our saints, who were just as human and weak as we are, did it. Let their memory help and inspire us to do the same. And what better time to begin than on the day that we celebrate their memory.

With Love in Christ,
Archpriest Serge Kotar

Sunday of All Saints

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Last Sunday, we had the great joy of witnessing the descent of the Holy Spirit onto the Apostles through which the Church of Christ was established on earth. This Sunday, the Church is revealing the great moral and spiritual power that was brought into the world by the Holy Spirit by celebrating the memory of all saints, who through the Holy Spirit, were able to ascend to great spiritual heights. It was the power of the Grace of the Holy Spirit which transformed the apostles, simple, timid, and uneducated men, into spiritual giants. The martyrs, supported by Grace, were able to survive unspeakable tortures in their desire to remain faithful to the Lord . The monastic ascetics through Grace overcame all human limitations and achieved incredible, humanly impossible feats in their desire to grow in love to God. In fact, anything, big or small, that we attempt to do to get closer to our Savior is only possible when the Holy Spirit strengthens us. (continue)

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