This year ST. JOHN's FEASTDAY will be celebrated on Saturday, July 1 – mark your calendars!

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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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Православие и Мир
Holy Virgin Cathedral - Joy of all Who Sorrow - San Francisco, CA - Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Fort Ross 200th Anniversary Celebration

Fort RossFort Ross will commemorate the original Colony Ross dedication. The Russian Orthodox churches in the United States and Russia will concelebrate at Divine Liturgy at the Fort Ross chapel on Saturday, August 25. The Churches will also host a dedication ceremony to honor those who lived and died at Ross Colony and to dedicate the new interpretive panels to be placed at the cemetery.  

It is anticipated that our First Hierarch of ROCOR, Metropolitan Hilarion, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (MP) and others, including Archbishops Kyrill (ROCOR), Benjamin (OCA) and Justinian (MP) will concelebrate. Archbishop Kyrill has also invited Bishop Peter of Cleveland to attend. Liturgy on Saturday to begin at Fort Ross at 9:30am with procession around the fort and to the cemetery with blessing of the memorial panels, and VIP lunch.   Food vendors will be available with a variety of food for sale or you can bring your own picnic lunch and lawn chair or blanket.

On Tuesday, August 28, the feast of Dormition, the above mentioned bishops will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Virgin Cathedral "Joy of All Who Sorrow". Liturgy to begin at 8:30am.

The clergy and faithful are encouraged to attend these historic events.

Распродажа вещей - Rummage sale

7 июля (суббота) с 10 утра до 4 дня
8 июля (воскресенье) с 12 до 4 дня

Весь доход пойдет в пользу обустройства новой купели и ремонта Усыпальницы Св.Владыки Иоанна Шанхайского и Сан Францисского.

По всем вопросам обращаться к Ларисе Константиновне Красовской по телефону (650) 343-3361.

Cathedral Bookstore Opens Online Internet Store
June 25, 2012

Our Cathedral Bookstore is now online. Purchase bookstore products from the site 24 hours a day.

Visit the store here: and help support our Cathedral.

Открылся интернет-магазин нашего Собора. Покупайте товар магазина на сайте круглосуточно.

Посетите магазин здесь: и поддержите наш Собор.
Fifth Anniversary of Russian Orthodox Church Unity

В четверг 17 мая в 7 часов вечера в кафедральном соборе пройдет вечер посвященный 5-летию единства в Поместной Русской Православной Церкви. На вечере будет показана историческая документальная кинохроника подписания Акта о каноническом общении и также состоится презентация нового портрета Митрополита Лавра.

The fifth anniversary of Russian Orthodox Church unity is to be marked at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco on Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 pm. Historic footage of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion will be shown and a new portrait of Metropolitan Laurus, painted in Russia specifically for the Holy Virgin Cathedral hall, will be presented.

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch May 13, 2012

Come join us in the Holy Virgin Cathedral reception hall for an open buffet with some old favorites and some new items. 

Children under 12: $15.00

Seniors 65 & over: $20.00

Adults: $25.00

Reservations recommended:
(415)831-9454 or (415)752-0840

There will also be a Silent Auction


Pascha Recordings of 2011 and 1978
Христос Воскресе! Christ is Risen!

Pascha 2011

Pascha 1978

Passion Week and Pascha Schedule 2012
Расписание Страстной Седмицы и Пасхи. Passion Week and Pascha Schedule.
Live Recordings from Matins and Twelve Passion Gospels 2011












15th Antiphon:

Download: MP3


 The Wise Thief:

Download: MP3


Sixth Annual Orthodox Lenten Retreat
 It is with great joy that we invite you to gather on Sunday, April 1 at our majestic Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco to take part in our sixth annual Lenten Retreat, to examine, to learn, to pray, to meet and to be inspired.

The program begins with the Divine Liturgy (in English) at 7:30 a.m. Following breakfast, our first speaker, the Priest Martin Person, assistant pastor of the Protection of the Mother of God Church in Los Angeles, California, will present a talk: A Long Way Home: My Journey to Orthodox Christianity.

In the afternoon, at 1:30 pm, our guest speaker from the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Essex (England),
Hieromonk Nikolai (Sakharov), will speak on the the topic: The XXI Century: Challenges We Face.

An open forum for questions and answers will follow. After the second talk guided tours of the Cathedral will be offered, providing historic and liturgical details about the many spiritual treasures within, including the shrine of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. English Vespers start at 5:30 p.m., followed by informal fellowship in the cathedral hall.
Download the retreat poster here
Kulich Faire

The Kulich Faire this year will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2012 after the early Liturgy and will be located in the large hall (downstairs).

  • Kulich decorating with games and prizes
  • Come and decorate with your children &/or grandchildren
  • Kulichs for sale
  • Vendors (including HVC Bookstore) will be selling unique items
  • Easter crafts, cards and gifts

Call or email to reserve your kulich

Liza Iwaszewicz: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ph: 415-601-7686

All proceeds support the 2012 Sts. Cyril & Methodius White Ball

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)

Bookstore Giftcards Now Available for Purchase

The Cathedral's Bookstore ( is currently developing an online store that should be available in the next few weeks. The plan is to initially offer a small subset of the most popular items found in the store and over time the list of products is expected to grow significantly.

As part of the website development HVC Bookstore is now offering Gift Cards for purchase on its website.  They are also available in the store.

Gift Cards are a perfect gift for Christmas which are redeemable for products found in the store. Cards can be funded with various cash values. Secure Credit Card processing is available through PayPal (no PayPal account is required). 

Click on the Gift Card image below to purchase yours today. 

The Re-Vesting of the Relics of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco

The Re-Vesting of the Relics of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco

Переоблачение мощей иже во святых отца нашего Иоанна, Шанхайского и Сан-Францисского чудотворца

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