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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Improvements to the St. John Prayer Request Web Service

Recently, the online web service for submitting names to the weekly St. John Prayer service (Moleben) on Saturdays has undergone some major improvements.

Since making this service available on our webpage we have received over 18,000 names that have been read at and prayed for at the service to Saint John!!! Prior to the recent changes that were implemented, the names were received in a way that required a substantial amount of manual work to merge the names received with a standard template. Theses merged templates containing the names were then printed out and taken to the relics of Saint John each Saturday. In order to accomodate the automation of name merging we have had to introduce some more stricter rules in terms of the way the names were being submitted on the web form. These new rules are outlined in more detail in the Guidelines section on the specific page. If you submit names regularly please review the new requirements so that you will be able to assist us in making the transition to the new automation as smooth as possible.

Here is a sample page of the newly automated report (which takes names stored in our database and merges with a PDF file) that we just print out and bring to the Cathedral:

Click here to open a sample PDF page

You can submit your names for the Moleben service here.

We thank you for your assistance.   

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.

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