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Twenty-Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This week's Gospel reading talks about the importance of both being grateful to God and expressing our gratitude to Him. We run to God whenever we have a need for His help. But, are we just as energetic in thanking Him for all of His blessings to us?
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His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill Receives Congratulations On His 60th Birthday.

On November 11/24 , 2014, our Ruling Bishop, His Eminence Archbishop Kyril,l marked his 60th Birthday.

Heartfelt congratulations are offered from the Diocesan Council, clergy and all the faithful of the Western American Diocese on the occasion of this Jubilee with wishes of health and length of days to Vladyka Kyrill in service to our Diocese.

His Holiness KIRIL Patriarch of Moscow and All of Russia congratulates His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill with his Birthday, as do others

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Congratulations to his Eminence Archbishop Kyrill from H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna

From the Head of the Russian Imperial House

To His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

Your Eminence!

I sincerely congratulate you with your Sixtieth Birthday!

The Lord has called you to service upon the Cathedra which once was occupied by the great Russian Hierarch John (Maximovich), who was manifest as a faithful spiritual friend, man of prayer and guide to my August Grandfather, Grandmother, Father and Mother. Recalling unfailingly the great strength of Christian love of your holy predecessor, you always strive to preserve his inheritance and nourish your flock with his testimony.

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Most all of us dream of becoming rich. This Gospel reading shows us why becoming rich might not be such a good idea. (continue)

 
HVC Sisterhood Christmas Bazaar and Piroshki Lunch

 
Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This Sunday's Gospel reading gives us a vivid picture of how to differentiate between following the letter of God's law and understanding its spirit. We see an example what Scripture means when we read that "the letter (of the law) kills, but the Spirit gives life". (2Cor: 3:6) (continue)

 
Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The question that is asked of the Savior in the beginning of this Gospel reading is a momentous question that each one of us needs to be constantly asking. "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" This Gospel reading answers this question and teaches us not only what we must do but even gives us a most revealing example of how to do it.(continue)
 
Thanksgiving Lunch

 
Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The first thing that I want to do is remind those of you who live in our Bay Area that we have a pilgrimage scheduled this Saturday, Nov.15 to the Mare Island Cemetery where eight  Russian sailors who were stranded on Mare Island and died far away from their home and loved ones are buried. A group of these sailors were heroes who volunteered to help fight the terrible fires that engulfed parts of San Francisco after the great earthquake at the beginning of the 20th century. Our Church stresses how spiritually important it is to pray for those who have passed into the other world. This pilgrimage will be headed by Bishop Peter and assisted by our clergy. I urge all who are able to make this sacrifice to come for the service which will begin at 12:00 noon. Directions to the cemetery can be found on  Google maps if you enter the destination of Mare Island Cemetery, Vallejo 94592. (continue)

 
Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Before beginning our discussion, I wanted to remind everyone of the three very important events that are happening this week. Thursday (Nov 6) is the main feast day of our Cathedral, the holiday of the icon Our Lady the Joy of All Who Sorrow. All people in the Bay Area are invited to the services as well as the festive meal that is open to all after the liturgy on Thursday. Those of you who live far away, please remember us on that day in your prayers. On Friday (Nov 7), the miracle-working icon of the Righteous St. Anna will visit the cathedral in the evening  for an akathist. Those of you who cannot make it to venerate the icon may, if you wish, send a request with a list of names to be read at the service to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Friday is also the anniversary of a most tragic happening. It is the date of the bloody Russian Revolution. A panihida will be served after the liturgy Friday morning for all the victims of this debacle. And now let us look at the Gospel reading: (continue)

 
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
A common but deadly mistake people make is forgetting that everything that we have, including our life, is not really ours. Everything belongs to God and is given to us by God. And as the rightful owner, the Savior will hold us accountable for how we utilize what He has given us. This truth is most vividly confirmed in this week's Gospel reading. (continue)
 
Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This Gospel reading is especially important in our time. The culture of death is becoming more and more of a problem in contemporary society. Abortions abound and are legal. People who oppose them are called evil. Euthanasia is gaining more and more acceptance. Life after death is mocked as a silly superstition. In view of this growing darkness, a correct understanding of the nature of death and what follows is something that we as Orthodox Christian need always to remember. This Gospel reading encourages us to do just that. (continue)

 
Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This week's short Gospel reading demonstrates in a most profound way  how radically different are the moral values found in Christ's teachings as compared to the moral norms of civil society. When we read these words of the Savior, we are faced with the need to conduct a sober self analysis. Which are the values that we follow in our personal lives? Are we with Christ, or are we with the world? (continue)

 
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