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Parish Feastday


Recordings are found on our Audio page


Schedule of Services for Parish Feastday

Расписание Престольного праздника

Пятница 5 ноября:
6 час. веч
: Всенощное бдение в кафедральном соборе в Сан-Франциско – икона Божией Матери Всех скорбящих Радости (престольный праздник собора).

Суббота 6 ноября:
9 час. утра
: Встреча Первоиерарха и Божественная литургия; после богослужения – праздничная трапеза.

Schedule of Services for Parish Feastday

Friday, November 5:
6:00 pm:
Vigil for the Joy of All Who Sorrow at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco (cathedral feastday).

Saturday, November 6
9:00 am:
Greeting of the the First Hierarch, Metropolitan Hilarion and Hierarchal Divine Liturgy. Following the end of the service – Festal Luncheon.

Parish Feastday

Первоиерарх Русской Зарубежной Церкви, Высокопреосвященнейший митрополит Иларион возглавит празднование престольного праздника кафедрального собора в Сан-Франциско 5-го и 6-го ноября. В этом торжестве предполагается и участие архиепископа Тульчинского и Брацлавского Ионафана и архиепископа Наро-Фоминского Юстиниана.

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, will take part in San Francisco's Holy Virgin Cathedral feastday on November 5 and 6. It is anticipated that Archbishop Ionafan of Tulchyn and Bratslav (Ukraine) and Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk will also take in the parish celebration.

Volunteers needed for Taste of Russia Festival

Want to volunteer for the upcoming Taste of Russia Festival?  Everyone is welcome!

Send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more details.

Thank-you Message from Parish Festival Organizers

Hundreds of visitors attended the parish festival "Taste of Russia" held on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Here is a message from the organizers:

"Thank you to all volunteers and attendees to this years Taste of Russia Festival.  It was a great success!"

See photos here

Panihida for Archbishop Anthony marking 10th Anniversary of his repose

On September 23, 2010, a Panihida was performed at the Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev, +2000) of San Francisco and Western America. Below are some recordings from the service.

A word from Archpriest Peter Perekrestov before the Panihida /
Слово протоиерея Петра Перекрестова перед панихидой.


Panihida /


Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev) - Sermon on Parish Feastday - November 6, 1983 (in Russian)


New Messenger Issue August 2010

Issue 274 - August 2010 - NEW!

A Sermon by Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk

A Sermon by Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk (in Russian) translated by Archpriest Peter Perekrestov (into English) given on the Feast of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco July 3, 2010.
Download: MP3

Live recording of Liturgy for St. John's Feast

July 3, 2010

Part 1 - Begining of Liturgy
Download: MP3

Part 2 - After Gospel
Download: MP3

Part 3 - After procession around Cathedral - End of Liturgy
Download: MP3

Live recording of All-Night Vigil for St. John's Feast

July 2, 2010

Part 1 - Begining of Vespers
Download: MP3

Part 2 - Vespers continued
Download: MP3

Part 3 - Matins
Download: MP3

Part 4 - The Canons
(read by Archbishop Justinian and Bishop Theodosy)
Download: MP3

Part 5 - End of Matins
Download: MP3

Special Guest for St. John's Feastday

As reported on, the participation of a special guest for the feastday celebration, His Eminence Justinian, Archbishop of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, is expected.

This will be Archbishop Justinians first visit to our Cathedral.

You can read his biography here (in Russian) and an article on His Eminence here (in Russian).


Saint John's Feastday

Schedule for the Feast of Saint John, Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco

In 2010 we celebrate sixteen years from the day of the Glorification of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. This year the feastday will be marked on Saturday, 3 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, 1 July
Akathist in front of the holy relics of St. John at 7:30pm.

Friday, 2 July
Confessions will be heard beginning at 5:00 pm. All-Night Vigil at 6:00 pm.

Saturday, 3 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.

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.  

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