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

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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 Week and Pascha Recordings

Recordings from this year's Holy Week and Pascha services are now available for download or direct playback from our site.


Paschal Vespers / Пасхальная вечерня


Pascha Matins and Liturgy / Заутреня и Литургия


Panihida for Metropolitan Laurus

Tретья годовщина со дня кончины приснопамятного Высокопреосвященнейшего митрополита Лавра, пятого Первоиерарха Русской Православной Церкви заграницей, победителя церковного разделения. В кафедральном соборе Пресвятой Богородицы Всех скорбящих Радости в городе Сан-Франциско будет отслужена панихида

Всенародная панихида по владыке Лавре с участием архипастырей и духовенства епархии назначается на вторник, 29 марта в 7 часов 15 минут вечера в кафедральном соборе в Сан-Франциско.

March 16, 2011, was the third anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Laurus of blessed memory. Metropolitan Laurus was the fifth First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and conqueror of the division in the Russian Church.

Diocesan Panikhida for Metropolitan Laurus with the participation of the diocesan bishops and clergy is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29 at 7:15 pm at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco.

A Spiritual Discussion with Fr. Artemy Vladimirov

Friday, April 1, 2011: A spiritual discussion with Fr. Artemy Vladimirov at 7pm in the large hall at Holy Virgin Cathedral. All are welcome!

Fr. Artemy is a renowned pastor, teacher, lecturer, and spiritual author from Moscow. He will be leading the discussion and answering your questions.

Senior Housing in San Francisco

Beautiful modern apartments are NOW AVAILABLE around the corner from our Cathedral. This building is owned by our Parish subsidiary, Holy Virgin Cathedral Endowment Fund, LLC, a non-profit organization.


463-26th Avenue

  • 2 bedrooms with large deck now available $1,850/month
  • 1 bedroom with private patio (available May 1, 2011) $1,400/month
  • Studio available March 1, 2011 $1150/month (offer pending)
  • Lifetime Memberships are also available.

These are very spacious units, stainless steel appliances, very quiet building, elevator, peaceful well-maintained private backyard, manager on-site, all units with washer and dryer. Built in 2007. Steps to Geary Boulevard, every service needed is a short #38 Geary bus ride away.
NOTE: Monthly Senior Fast Pass is $20 for unlimited rides, the Geary #38 runs every 3 - 5 minutes.
For more information about lease or lifetime membership, please contact Michael Klestoff on (415)661-5300
or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia will be celebrated on Sunday, February 6th

The Feast of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia will be celeberated on Sunday February 6th this year (not February 13th as was indicated in a previous version of the monthly calendar).

Праздник святых Новомучеников и Исповедников Российских будет праздноваться в воскресенье 6-го февраля (не 13-го февраля как было указано ранее в календаре).

Служба святым Новомучеником и Исповедником Российским


Description of Icon and other materials

New issues of The Messenger

Issue 278 - December 2010

Issue 279 - January 2011

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)


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