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Services are conducted DAILY at the Cathedral:
Liturgy at 8:00 am, Vespers & Matins at 6:00 pm.

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Holy Virgin Cathedral - Joy of all Who Sorrow - San Francisco, CA - Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Nativity Epistle of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America

Рождественское послание архиепископа Сан-Францисского и Западно-Американского Кирилла (PDF)

Nativity Epistle of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America (PDF)


Blagovestnik January 2013 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik December 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik September 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik July 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik April 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik March 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik February 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik January 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik November 2011 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Gingerbread Faire and Workshop

Saturday, December 15th

Come Join the fun of the Gingerbread Faire – festive shopping, raffle, games, and a Gingerbread Workshop –

Decorating your own Gingerbread House on Saturday, December 15th, at 1:30pm to 4pm in the main hall.

$20 per child for Gingerbread house decorating will benefit the Western American Diocese Saint Herman's Youth Conference

It will include a ready built Gingerbread house for children to beautify with candy decorations and frosting.

Watch their eyes light up when they bring their gorgeous Gingerbread house home.

To guarantee a Gingerbread house and that beautiful sparkle in their eye for your child or grandchild – please make sure to sign up in advance by December 10th  (or if you would like to sponsor a child) with Larissa Krassovsky @ 650 343 3361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, 19th Dec. St. Nicholas of Myra

On Wednesday, 19th December, we celebrate St. Nicholas of Myra. This is the feast day of our right altar. Liturgy at 9am.

В среду 19 дек. день памяти Св. Николая, архиепископа Мир Ликийских чудотворца - престольный праздник правого придела. Литургия в 9 час. утра.

Precious Cross to visit Holy Virgin Cathedral Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2.

Fr. Ioannis will be at the Cathedral from 9am on Saturday, December 1, and will remain in the Cathedral through the Vigil that evening. The following day, Sunday, December 2, he will be present during both Liturgies.

Here is more information:

Father Ioannis Maridakis from Greece is a priest at the parish of the Birth of the Theotokos in the town of Galata on the island of Crete. He has a metal cross with a piece of the Precious Cross of Christ with a drop of His Blood. The cross was given to Fr. Ioannis in September of 2003 by Maria Panou, the mother of the current representative of the Holy Sepulcher in Athens, who in turn received this cross from Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem. A month later after receiving the cross, Fr. Ioannis blessed with this cross a sick person at a hospital in Athens and the patient got well the next day. Since then Fr. Ioannis has blessed thousands of people with this cross in many countries. In the last several years, hundreds of people were healed from various illnesses, including cancer and infertility. Miraculous healings from various illnesses have been documented. The cross gives off a sweet scent and at times streams myrrh. A few documented healings can be found here

Отец Иоаннис Маридакис из Греции - священник прихода Рождества Пресвятыя Богородицы города Галата на острове Крит. У него есть металлический крест с частицей Животворящего Креста Господня с каплей Его честныя Крови. Крест был дан отцу Иоаннису в сентябре 2003 года Марией Паноу, матерью нынешнего представителя Святого Гроба Господня в Афинах, который в свою очередь получила этот крест от Патриарха Иерусалимского Диодороса. Месяц спустя после получения креста, Отец Иоаннис благословил больного человека в Афинской больнице крестом и на следующий день он выздоровел. С тех пор Отец Иоаннис благословлял множество людей этим крестом в разных странах. За последние годы, сотни людей были излечены от различных болезней, включая от рака и бесплодия. Удивительные исцеления от различных болезней были зафиксированы. Крест благоухает и в некоторых случаях мироточит.

Children's Celebration of the Theotokos
Sunday, December 2, 10am-3pm

The youth of our community invite you to a day dedicated to the Theotokos. Children will perform Liturgical and Folk Music dedicated to the Theotokos and art works of their own hands honoring the Theotokos will be on display.
Download the PDF poster here
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012

День Благодарения.
Литургия в 9 часов утра. Молебен в 10:30 утра.

Thanksgiving Day.
Liturgy at 9:00 am. Thanksgiving Service at 10:30 am.

Sretensky Monastery Choir Concert in SF - October 22
Announcing the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir North American Tour - October 6-23, 2012

The Sretensky Monastery Choir will be performing in San Francisco on October 22.

Tour details HERE    |    Order Tickets HERE 
5th Anniversary of the Hawaii Myrrhstreaming Icon of the Theotokos

5-летие мироточения Гавайской-Иверской иконы.
Встреча Иконы в пятницу 5 октября в 6 часов вечера, вечерняя служба и исповедь. В субботу 6 октября в 8 час. утра: литургия, молебен с акафистом перед Иконой и трапеза.

5th Anniversary of the Hawaii Myrrhstreaming Iveron Icon of the Theotokos
Greeting of the Icon on Friday, October 5 at 6pm, evening service and confession.
Saturday, October 6 at 8am - Divine Liturgy, Moleben and Akathist before the Icon. There will be a potluck luncheon after the service.

Note: With the blessing of Archbishop Kyrill, all Orthodox clergy are welcome to serve those two days (Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6). Clergy who intend to serve are requested to bring blue vestments in honor of the Mother of God.

Following the moleben there will be a presentation by Constantine Zalalas on “The Majesties of the Most Holy Theotokos according to St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain.”

Memory Eternal to our Cathedral Starosta - Nick Motoviloff
On Sunday morning, September 9th, Nick Motoviloff, our Starosta (Church Warden), fell asleep in the Lord after a heroic battle with a rare form of cancer. Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, September 11, at our Cathedral. 

May God rest his kind soul among the Saints and may his memory be eternal. Our sympathy, love and prayers are with his entire family. 

A Memorial Garden in honor of Nick will be constructed on the grounds of the Cathedral in the coming months. Details on how you can help contribute to this cause are found on the RACS webpage: 

First Hierarch, Metropolitan Hilarion, being greeted at the Cathedral by our Starosta Nick Motoviloff, September 2010
Taste of Russia Festival


The Holy Virgin Cathedral presents the "Taste of Russia Festival" fund raising event.

Download PDF Flyer

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Time: 11am - 6pm
Featuring: Russian Food, Entertainment, Church Tours, Icon Painting Demonstration, Choir Performances, Gift Items.

Entrance fee: $5.00

Presidio Jr High School lot. 29th & Geary.

For more info please call: (415) 668-5218

NOTE: There will be only one Liturgy that day at 9:00AM.

Митрополит Волоколамский Иларион возглавил Божественную литургию

28 августа 2012 года, в праздник Успения Пресвятой Богородицы, председатель Отдела внешних церковных связей Московского Патриархата митрополит Волоколамский Иларион, совершавший по благословению Святейшего Патриарха Московского и всея Руси Кирилла поездку в США, возглавил Божественную литургию в кафедральном соборе Русской Зарубежной Церкви в честь иконы Божией Матери «Всех скорбящих Радость» в Сан-Франциско.

Владыке сослужили Первоиерарх Русской Зарубежной Церкви митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский Иларион, бывший предстоятель Православной Церкви в Америке митрополит Иона, архиепископ Сан-Францисский Кирилл (РПЦЗ), управляющий Патриаршими приходами в США архиепископ Наро-Фоминский Юстиниан, архиепископ Сан-Францисский и Западно-Американский Вениамин (Православная Церковь в Америке), викарий Сан-Францисской епархии епископ Сиэтлийский Феодосий (РПЦЗ), клирики Русской Православной Церкви и Православной Церкви в Америке. За богослужением присутствовал Генеральный консул Российской Федерации в Сан-Франциско В.Н. Винокуров.

Photos from Dormition Vigil and Liturgy
Photos by Helen Sinelnikoff-Nowak 



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