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Holy Virgin Cathedral - Joy of all Who Sorrow - San Francisco, CA - Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Visit of the Hawaii Myrrhstreaming Icon

The Hawaii Myrrstreaming Icon will visit our Cathedral on Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6. The Icon will be present for the Vigil on Saturday and both Liturgies on Sunday morning.


Elevation of the Holy Cross
September 23, 2013

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

For the world, the image of the cross is a very strange and confusing symbol. But for an Orthodox Christian, the cross is something precious. The world teaches us to love ourselves. We are told to make ourselves #1 in our life, to do first of all that which pleases us or what we think that we need. The message of the cross, however, is very different. It is a symbol of divine love and a rejection of worldly teachings. The cross gives us the power over sin and victory over death. It teaches us to emulate our Savior by living a life of self sacrifice, the type of life that opens to us the doors to eternal blessedness. Therefore, because the cross is something completely foreign to the values of this world, it is not surprising that the world could not tolerate the presence of Christ's cross and needed to both defame and hide it from view. It was dumped into a garbage heap over which was built a pagan Temple. In this way it remained lost for several centuries.

When persecution of early Christians by the pagan world was finally ended by the Roman emperor, St. Constantine, his holy mother, St. Elena, desired to find this most precious relic. Her son supported her both morally and materially and sent her to the Holy Land on this holy mission. Her search at first was fruitless. Then, through God's Providence, she was informed of a person who knew the secret place where the cross could be found. The pagan temple was identified and torn down, and the Christians began to dig under the watchful eye of the empress and the patriarch of the Holy City, Jerusalem.

The excavation led to the discovery of not one cross but three crosses. Now the problem was to determine which one of the three crosses was Christ's cross. The problem was solved by a miracle. A deceased person was being taken for burial near the place of excavation. His body was taken and placed on each cross. He was resurrected when his body was placed on Jesus's cross. Patriarch Makarii then blessed the multitude of Christians who had gathered to witness the search by raising the cross and blessing the people with it in all four directions. At each raising, the people fell to their knees singing the hymn, "Lord have mercy". In this manner, the possession of the Cross of Christ was restored to the Christian Church.

This Friday, September 27, the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the glorious finding and Exaltation of the Cross. This day is both a festive and a lenten day. It is festive because of the joy of having the cross as our defense against the forces of evil. It is a lenten day because the cross reminds us of the great sacrifice of our Savior who voluntarily died on the cross in order to save us. Thus, we honor His sacrifice by keeping the fast on that day. The vigil service on Thursday evening which begins at 6:00 PM is exceptional as we see during it a reenactment of the raising of the cross to the singing of "Lord have Mercy" which will be done in the middle of the church by our archbishop. The liturgies on Friday morning are at their normal times of 7:30 and 9:30 in the morning. I pray that all of you will be able and will want to celebrate this holy day with me in the church services.

With Love in Christ,
Archpriest Serge Kotar
13th Anniversary of Archbishop Anthony's Repose

В понедельник 23 сентября исполнится 13 лет со дня кончины приснопамятного архиепископа Антония (Медведева). Панихида по нем будет отслужена в 7 часов вечера.

The 13th anniversary of Archbishop Anthony’s (Medvedev) repose falls on Monday, September 23. A panikhida will be served at 7:00 pm.

Photo: Bishop Anthony of Melbourne, Australia. Early 1960s.

День памяти Свв. Благоверных Князя Петра и Княгини Февронии

В соответствии с резолюцией Священного Синода Русской Православной Церкви от 26 декабря 2012 г. день памяти Свв. Благоверных Князя Петра и Княгини Февронии будет праздноваться 15 сентября. В России Святой Князь Петр и его жена, Княгиня Феврония, официально признаются как Церковью, так и государством, покровителями семейной жизни. Их брак считается наивысшим примером идеальной христианской супружеской жизни.

В воскресенье 15 сентября после Божественной Литургии будет отслужен краткий молебен Свв. Петру и Февронии.

In accordance with the resolution of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church, 26 December 2012, the feast of Righteous Prince Peter and Princess Febronia, wonderworkers of Murom, will be commemorated on September 15. In Russia, the Holy Prince Peter and his wife, Princess Febronia are officially recognized, by both Church and State, as the intercessors for familial life. Their marriage is regarded as the highest example of an ideal Christian married life.

Following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, September 15, a brief molebien will be served to Sts. Peter and Febronia.

На праздник Преображения Мироточивая "Гавайская" Иверская икона будет в кафедральном соборе в С.Ф.

Воскресенье 18 августа
Встреча "Гавайской" Иверской Мироточивой иконы в 6ч. веч.

Понедельник 19 августа

Мироточивая икона будет на ранней (7:30) и поэдней (9:30) литургиях.

Hawaii Myrrh streaming Icon Visit
Sunday, August 18: Greeting of the Icon at 6:00 pm. The Icon will be at the Cathedral throughout Vigil.

Monday, August 19, Feast of Transfiguration: The Icon will be at both the early and late liturgies - 7:30 am and 9:30 am.

Rummage Sale - Распродажа вещей

Please come and support the Cathedral!
Rummage Sale Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

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Встреча с епископом Обуховским Ионой

В четверг 4 июля в 6:30 ч. вечера в зале при соборе состоится встреча с епископом Обуховским Ионой.

Владыка Иона, викарий Киевской епархии, проведёт духовную беседу и ответит на вопросы участников встречи.
St. John's Feast Day

Праздник св. Иоанна.
В этом году праздник святителя Иоанна, Шанхайского и Сан-Францисского чудотворца будет отмечаться в субботу 29 июня.
Всенощное бдение в пятницу 28 июня в 6 час. веч. (исповедь с 5 час. веч.), а литургия 29 июня в 9 час. утра.
В четверг 27 июня в 7:30 часов вечера в кафедральном соборе будет отслужен акафист св. Иоанну (Максимовичу) перед его святыми мощами.

St. John’s Feast Day.
St. John's feast day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 29.
The Vigil on June 28 is scheduled for 6:00 pm and Liturgy on June 29 at 9:00 am.
An akathist to St. John before his holy relics will be chanted on Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 pm.

Cathedral Charity Fund

May 22, 2013
Cathedral Charity Fund
With the Blessing of Archbishop Kyrill

Feed the Hungry, tend to the Needy

Please donate regularly, the proceeds to be distributed by Vladyka and Starosta

Checks to HVC- 6210 Geary Blvd. San Francisco CA 94121, Memo CHARITY
Charity Box placed on left inside Narthex (pritvor)

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Traditional Pilgrimage to Fort Ross

A trip to the nearest corner of the Russian Empire!

Monday, May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day)

Fort Ross was founded by the Russian-American Company in 1812.  Currently, Fort Ross is administered by California State Park & Recreation Administration.

On Monday, May 27, 2013, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. After the Liturgy, there will be a procession to the cemetery where our countrymen are buried, as well as local and Alaskan natives that had converted to Orthodoxy while working at Fort Ross and ended their earthly journey in this small corner of Russia.

Visit of the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God

28 апреля В праздник Входа Господня во Иерусалим Курско-Коренная икона будет принесена в Радосте-Скорбященский кафедральный собор.

April 28: On the feast day of the Entry of the Lord Into Jerusalem, the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God will be at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow".

7 апреля В Радосте-Скорбященском кафедральном соборе в Сан-Франциско будет совершена Божественная литургия в присутствии Курско-Коренной иконы Божией Матери.

April 7: Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco in the presence of the Kursk-Root Icon.

April 2 at 7pm: The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God will be ceremoniously greeted at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco. The Western American Pastoral Conference will be held in its presence. A pannikhida will be performed for the fifth anniversary of the death of Metropolitan Laurus and the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Archbishop Tikhon, the predecessor of St John (Maximovich) on the cathedra of Western America. A detailed schedule will be available soon.

2 апреля 7ч. веч. Состоится торжественная встреча Курско-Коренной иконы Божией Матери в Радосте-Скорбященском кафедральном соборе в Сан-Франциско. Здесь будет проходить великопостное говение и совещание духовенства Западно-Американской епархии. После встречи святыни будет совершена соборная панихида по случаю пятилетия со времени кончины митрополита Лавра и пятидесятилетия со дня преставления архиепископа Тихона, предшественника святителя Иоанна (Максимовича).

First Week of Great Lent

First Week of Great Lent – morning services at 7:00 am, Great Compline and Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:00 pm.

На первой седмице начало утреннего богослужения в 7 часов утра. В 6 часов веч. Великое повечерие с чтением Великого канона. В среду и пятницу Литургия Преждеосвященных Даров.

Maslenitsa Blini

Friday, March 1, 2013

Holy Virgin Cathedral Parish Hall 6:00 – 10:30 pm

$40 per person-Evening Attire
$75 per person-Archbishop’s table
Archbishop’s table includes Alaskan halibut fillet

Includes: Appetizers & Champagne Reception
Blini-Dinner, Dessert, Coffee & Tea
Blini-smoked salmon, sour cream, caviar w/eggs,
assorted herring, bullion and other traditional goodies!!!
Live Music-Entertainment-Festive setting-No Host Bar

Download the flyer in PDF here.

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