10th ANNUAL Pan-Orthodox Retreat at Holy Virgin Cathedral: SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017
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First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva Visits Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral
On June 23, 2010, Russia’s First Lady, Svetlana Medvedeva, was greeted with flowers at the entrance to San Francisco’s Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” by girls from SS Cyrill and Methodius High School’s “Kazachok” ensemble, who were dressed in traditional Russian sarafans. His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia welcomed Mrs Medvedeva along with a host of clergymen in full vestments.
The First Lady then venerated the Cathedral’s icon of the Mother of God, at which she lit a candle. She also lit candles at the icons of the heavenly protectors of her husband, President Dmitry Medvedev, and her son Ilya. Vladyka Kyrill invited her to attend a moleben at the crypt of St John (Maximovich) the Miracle-worker. Mrs Medvedeva was visibly praying, bowing her head during the reading of the Holy Gospel, and then piously venerated the relics of St John.
At the end of the moleben, Protodeacon Nicholas Triantafillidis intoned Many Years to the President of Russia, his wife and all Russian people in the Fatherland and abroad. Vladyka Kyrill then gave the First Lady an icon of St John painted by the director of the Cathedral Choir, Vladimir Krassowsky.
Mrs Medvedeva then gave Archbishop Kyrill an icon of SS Cyril and Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Illuminators of the Slavs.
Cathedral Cleric Delivers An Icon of St John (Maximovich) to St Panteleimon Monastery in Odessa, Ukraine
On Sunday, March 7, 2010, Protopriest Yaroslav Belikov, a cleric of our Cathedral, gave an icon containing a portion of the relics of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco to St Panteleimon Monastery in Odessa, Ukraine. At the end of Divine Liturgy, the Prior of the monastery, Archimandrite Arkady, along with a host of clergymen, brought the icon out of the altar to the middle of the church, and, placing it next to the life-giving Cross, performed a moleben.
At the end of the moleben, Archimandrite Arkady introduced Fr Yaroslav and invited him to say a few words. Fr Yaroslav spoke about the special character of our times, when the saint lived and showed us an example of a Christian approach to modern problems. It doesn't matter where one lives: at every time, and in any place, one must take his cross and follow Christ, which our great exiled saint showed us.
The worshipers, venerating the icon, sensed a great deal of spiritual consolation, and received paper copies of the icon of St John.
After the trapeza, Fr Yaroslav visited the Sunday school and spoke with the children. He told them about the temptations of the computer and internet: "It is actually not the computer, nor internet, or other material things, can be either good or evil. Everything depends on how the person uses them, what a person's attitude towards them is. Temptations stem from how we use these remarkable technologies, we can fail to notice how quickly time flies, and we are left with little time for that which is more important: prayer, contemplation of the Divine, real (and not virtual) relationships with our neighbor, our studies, etc. So do not be cross with your parents when they don't let you use the computer."
Parents in attendance asked questions about Orthodox life abroad. Fr Yaroslav talked about Sts Cyrill and Methodius Russian High School and of St John's Orthodox Academy. The children were interested in our students here who strive to lead an Orthodox way of life in non-Orthodox surroundings.
On Tuesday, March 9, His Eminence Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Izmailovsk received Archimandrite Arkady and Fr Yaroslav at his residence. At the end of their meeting, Metropolitan Agafangel gave Fr Yaroslav an icon of the Host of the Saints of Odessa to bring to the Cathedral in San Francisco as a gift.
Epistle for the Nativity of His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America
CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!
No sooner was our Lord Jesus Christ born in Bethlehem, joining us under the most contradictory of circumstances, that His persecution began. Upon receiving the news of the Messiah’s Nativity from the three Wise Kings, the most wicked King Herod, in a fit of rage, sent his soldiers to slaughter all the boy babies who had been born then in those parts, from the infants to the two-year-olds. Herod’s crime is described in historical accounts. But the Evangelist St. Matthew reports that the Lord sent an angel to warn St. Joseph, in a dream, of the threat to the Holy Family, so that they might flee the vicious persecution.
So it was that the Nativity of the Son of God, amazing the shepherds and gloriously heralded by the heavenly hosts, had on the one hand inspired the Wise Kings to undertake a complex pilgrimage, that they might find God Incarnate, worship him and offer Him their gifts – while in the soul of the wicked, ignorant and idolatrous king (for Herod was not a righteous king at all, but prayed to idols), it only inspired a ferocious hatred and a stubborn obsession with asserting his ruthless personal agenda.
Schedule for the upcoming 15th Anniversary celebration of the Glorification of Saint John, Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco
In 2009 we celebrate fifteen years from the day of the Glorification of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. This year the feastday will be marked on Saturday, 4 July (closest Saturday to 2 July). The schedule of the upcoming anniversary celebrations of the Glorification of Saint John at the Holy Virgin “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Cathedral in San Francisco, is as follows:
Thursday, 2 July
At 7:30 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.
Friday, 3 July Confessions will be heard beginning at 5:00 pm. All-Night Vigil at 6:00 pm. Archpastors and clergymen from different dioceses will concelebrate.
Saturday, 4 July
Greeting of His Eminence, KYRILL, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America at 9:00 am followed by the Divine Liturgy. After the Liturgy a Service of Intercession (Molieben) to St. John and procession. Festal luncheon for clergy and faithful in the cathedral fellowship hall.