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

April 2014 

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Holy Virgin Cathedral - Joy of all Who Sorrow - San Francisco, CA - Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
 
Maintenance and Repairs

Dear all,
Soon we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Glorification of St. John. We have recently surveyed our cathedral properties and are doing a few touch ups and minor repairs.

During the past two years we have been able to balance our budget. That is a difficult task as we have more clergy and other staff on payroll than any other ROCOR parish in the world. We have services seven days a week, at least two services a day. We keep the Cathedral open from dawn to dusk four days a week to provide opportunities to visit, pray, enjoy the iconography and frescoes and just to peacefully meditate. We are able to provide all within the parameters of regular income.

Today we are faced with an extraordinary problem. The areas above the main roof line need repairs. The cupola areas, the five crosses need refinishing, and so on. We have an engineers report and estimates for repairs are $250,000. But as I said, our budget is balanced and there is no surplus with which to attend to these needs while they are relatively minor. We did much of same and similar work in 2002 and it held up. But with a 50 year old building and the salt sea air, erosion is ever-present. We ask that you share this cost with us.


Thank you
 
In the photo- the Cross above the main entry was renewed recently and the Parish activity building to the right received new paint in April.

 
Last Sunday of Great Lent

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

One of the greatest mysteries about our Savior and His nature is that Jesus Christ is God-man. He is at the same time a true man and the true God. This dual nature is so difficult to comprehend that it resulted in the appearance of all of the early heresies that tore apart the Church during the first centuries of Her life. Men, damaged by arrogant pride, tried to explain in human terms what is unexplainable. This mystery cannot be explained, but it must be accepted on faith.

During this coming weekend, we will be witnessing two major and monumental events in the life of our Savior when, through His actions, we will see that Jesus Christ is in fact both a human being and God. On Friday evening, we will travel with Him to a town just outside of Jerusalem called Bethany. A family consisting of two sisters and a brother  who are especially dear to Jesus' heart  live there. A tragedy has occurred, and the brother has died. Before his death, his sisters had summoned Jesus to come and heal Him, but Jesus did not. He waited until after the death because He was planning to demonstrate to the world through His greatest miracle that He was without doubt the true Savior, therefore, God. (continue)

 
Расписание Страстной Седмицы и Пасхи
Holy Passion Week and Pascha Schedule in both languages (pdf)

 

 
St. Mary of Egypt

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Great Lent is a time when the Church especially calls to examine our spiritual lives. It is a time for our repentance. But repentance is hard work, and often we become discouraged. No matter how hard we try to break away from our bad habits and passions, we keep failing. Then we might even start to believe that because of our many and continual spiritual defeats, we are beyond salvation, that God will not forgive us. We lose sight of the fact that God wants our salvation. We stop believing that there is no sin or passion that He will not forgive and help us overcome in time if we are sincerely repenting. To encourage us in our perseverance, the Church on the fifth Sunday of Great Lent gives us a magnificent example of true repentance and great heights achieved by a great sinner. This example is given to us by St. Mary of Egypt. Every Orthodox Christian must read the life of this great saint. You can find her life on Wikipedia. Her life is too long to be given here; therefore, I will summarize only a few  important moments and urge you to read the complete life as compiled by St. Sophrony of Jerusalem. (continue)

 
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As we approach the fifth week of Great Lent, the Church continues her care for our spiritual growth by reminding us who our greatest enemy is in our pursuit of salvation. The Church not only reveals his identity but also shows us how we can best defeat him. This crucial information is found in the Gospel reading on Sunday. (continue)

 
Sunday of the Holy Cross
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 

Through God's mercy and Grace, we are approaching the midpoint of our journey to the joyous celebration of Pascha. This Sunday is called the Sunday of the Cross, as near the end of the vigil on Saturday evening, the Cross is brought out and placed in the middle of the church for veneration. It will remain there the entire fourth week of Great Lent. For those who had faithfully begun fasting from the beginning of Great Lent and maybe at this point are starting to grow weak, seeing the cross is a wonderful reminder and encouragement. We are half way there and if we just strengthen our will a bit more, we will very soon be celebrating. For those who have not yet begun to fast, seeing the cross is a stern reminder that it is imperative to begin to fast without delay, before Great Lent is completely past us. We cannot celebrate the holiday in a worthy manner not having prepared ourselves through the fast.

Seeing the cross is also a reminder to us of what a Christian life according to the Cross consists of. The Gospel reading we will hear on Sunday describes to us what the Lord expects of us in order for us to live such a life. The Gospel reading is as follows: (continue)
 
Почитателям Блаженной Матроны Московской

В кафедральный собор передана великая святыня - частица мощей Блаженной Матроны Московской. Для достойного принятия этой святыни заказан художественный киот в который будет вставлен мощевик. С благословения архиепископа Кирилла проводится СБОР на киот. Пожертвования можно либо оставить у свечного стола, либо лично передать прот. Петру Перекрестову.
 
Miraculous Healing of the Paralytic

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Savior blesses us to begin the third week of Great Lent with the details of a wonderful healing done by Him from which we can receive an important spiritual lesson.

The Disciples Pick Corn on the Sabbath Mark 2:23-28
1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (continue)

 
Sunday of Orthodoxy 2014
 
Triumph of Orthodoxy

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Congratulations to all of you on the completion of the first week of Great Lent. Only six weeks remain to the glorious celebration of celebrations, Pascha. May God strengthen us with His divine Grace and blessing to complete the remaining weeks with great profit and for the betterment of our spiritual life. The second week of Great Lent begins this Sunday during which the Triumph of Orthodoxy is proclaimed. The reason for this is given below.

When we walk into an Orthodox Church, we are overwhelmed with the otherworldly beauty and substance that is found there. It is as if we have left our world and have entered a completely different dimension. We are surrounded by God, His Most-Holy Mother, and the saints. We are taken back in time to accompany our Savior throughout His earthly life. We witness His suffering and death. We gloriously watch His Resurrection. We grieve with the apostles when the Savior leaves this world to ascend back into Heaven. But we are joyously comforted with the sight of the Holy Spirit descending from Heaven to establish Christ's Church on earth. And we come face to face with all the wonderful saints of the Church whose lives we have heard about or may have read. All of these edifying experiences are made possible through the presence of icons. (continue)

 
Forgiveness Sunday
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Congratulations! We have come to the threshold of Great Lent. Our common Mother, the Church, has spent several weeks preparing us for this moment both physically and spiritually. Only one more thing remains to be done. Before we begin the work of repenting and reconciling our lives with the expectations that our Savior has of us, we must all be reconciled with each other.. (continue)
 
Молебен об «умножении любви и искоренении всякой ненависти и злобы»
В связи с политическими событиями, происходящими ныне на Украине, по благословению Его Высокопреосвященства Кирилла, архиепископа Сан-Францисского и Западно-Американского, в кафедральном соборе "Всех скорбящих Радости" в воскресенье 23 февраля в 5 часов вечера будет отслужен молебен об «умножении любви и искоренении всякой ненависти и злобы». После окончания молебна состоится заупокойная лития
 
+Епископ Феодосий
 
In relation to the political events that are now transpiring in the Ukraine, and with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill, on Sunday the 23rd of February at 5pm a molebien "for the increase of love..." will be served at Holy Virgin Cathedral. Following the molebien a litia for the departed will be served.
 
+Bishop Theodosy
 
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