Sunday, March 25: 10th ANNUAL LENTEN RETREAT at Holy Virgin Cathedral – mark the date!

Service Schedule

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

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Live Recordings from Matins and Twelve Passion Gospels 2011












15th Antiphon:

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 The Wise Thief:

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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

Western American Diocesan Assembly

The Western American Diocesan Assembly will be hosted by Holy Virgin Cathedral from October 23-24, followed by the diocesan Fall Pastoral Conference on October 25-26.

С 23 по 24 октября с.г. при кафедральном соборе Пресвятой Богородицы Всех скорбящих Радости будет проходить Епархиальное собрание Западно-Американской епархии, а с 24-25 октября – осеннее Пастырское совещание духовенства епархии.

HVC Bookstore Clearance Sale Announced

Regular prices on many items have been slashed to help make room for new inventory.

Download the Sale Flyer 

Hurry, don’t miss out on HUGE savings!

Save up to 50% off on selected books and icons, 30-50% on selected books, 20-30% on selected Audio CDs, 20% on many other products.

Sale ends October 31, 2011 or while supplies last.

All profit supports the Holy Virgin Cathedral.

Holy Virgin Cathedral Bookstore
6200 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121   Phone: (415) 668-5218  Fax: (415) 689-5819
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Panikhida For Archbishop Anthony

В пятницу 23 сентября исполняется 11-я годовщина со дня кончины приснопамятного архиепископа Западно-Американского и Сан-Францисского Антония (Медведева). В день годовщины Владыки Антония в  кафедральном соборе панихида по владыке Антонию будет отслужена в 7 часов вечера.

The 11th anniversary of Archbishop Anthony (Medvedev) of Western America and San Francisco's repose will fall on Friday, September 23. A Panikhida for him will be served at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco at 7:00 pm.

Fundraising BBQ on Pentecost Sunday


  • Bounce house for the kids!
  • All-you-can-eat BBQ of Tri-Tip
  • Baked Beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Corn
  • Bonanza Dessert Buffet
  • Wine, Beer and Soft drinks

$25 adults $20 seniors and teens $10 kids (12 and under)
Watermelon Eating Contest @ 1:30pm
Fun to compete, Fun to watch
Register for the fun with Irene Motoviloff
( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 415-753-8859) download flyer here (pdf)

New HVC Bookstore Management Team Announced

May 6, 2011

With the recent ordination of Father Dimitri Jakimowicz to the Priesthood and his pending move to the parish of St. Herman of Alaska in Sunnyvale, the responsibility of the HVC Bookstore Manager is being transitioned.

With the blessing of His Eminence, KYRILL, Archbishop of SF and Western America, Rector of Holy Virgin Cathedral, Protodeacon Nicholas Triantafillidis has been appointed Director of the HVC Bookstore. Father Nicholas is currently working with Father Dimitri on a transition plan and will assume his new role effective June 1, 2011 where he will have overall responsibility of Bookstore operations.

In addition, Mr. Tikhon Thompson has been named Onsite Bookstore Manager reporting directly to Father Nicholas and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Bookstore / Kiosk operations. All existing employees and volunteers will report to Mr. Thompson.

Father Nicholas is currently developing an Online Bookstore for the web which will allow users to purchase items online. The Online Bookstore will carry many of the same products found in-store and will offer a variety of products associated with St. John of San Francisco.

Per request of the new Management Team the Cathedral website is publishing a short user survey that our website visitors can fill out to submit any ideas or suggestions they may have for either the existing Onsite Bookstore or the new Online Bookstore. This survey can be completed here: 

The new Management Team would like to thank Father Dimitri for his many years of service as HVC Bookstore Manager and wish him all the best in his new role serving the Holy Church.

Details of the new online bookstore will be announced as information becomes available.

A St. John Testimonials Page Introduced

Under the St. John menu a new item called "Testimonials" has been added.

The testimonials published are selected accounts from people who have chosen to write to us about the miraculous help they received through the prayers of St. John.

You will be able to read these St. John Testimonials by navigating theabove menu to St. John > Testimonials or you can follow the link here:

There you will also be able to share your stories by submitting your details in the web form.

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