A PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND: April 26-May 12, 2017, led by Archpriest Peter Perekrestov


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Holy Virgin Cathedral - Joy of all Who Sorrow - San Francisco, CA - Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

In this Gospel reading we see the Savior calling His first apostles to full time service for His Mission. We can read about this and view it simply as a very important event in the history of the Church. But if that is all that we get out of this reading, we are denying ourselves vital spiritual information that the Gospel is meant to give us. Divine Scripture is God speaking to us and teaching us what we need to know for the benefit of our spiritual lives. Therefore, it is very important to not only read the Gospel on a surface level, but to always look deeper for the lessons that our Savior is offering. (continue)

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Before we begin our discussion, I would like to remind everyone that on Saturday of this week, we celebrate one of the twelve major feast days of the Church, the Exaltation of the Cross. By chronology, it is the last of these twelve feast days. During the vigil on Friday, the cross will be carried out to the middle of the church by the bishop and raised and lowered five times in different directions in memory of how the original cross of Christ was raised in different directions for all the people to venerate it after it was found, having been hidden by Christ's enemies for several hundred years. I urge all of you who are able to come to the cathedral to witness and participate in this solemn ceremony. (continue)

Nativity of the Mother of God

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

First of all I want to apologize to those of you who read my weekly discussions on the Sobor website. My discussion on last Sunday's Gospel reading never made it on to the website because I submitted it too late. Because this Sunday is one of the twelve major feast days of our Church, I think that it would be appropriate and profitable to talk about it instead of the Gospel reading. (continue)

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see the Savior relating a parable and asking the Jewish leaders to pass judgment on the behavior of the people in the parable. Not suspecting that the parable was actually describing them and their evil behavior, they condemn the villains in the parable. By doing this, they were unwittingly condemning themselves. But this is not the only message that the Lord is giving us through this reading. He is also talking to us. (continue)

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All-Diocesan Celebration

Commemorating 50 years of the canonization of St John of Kronstadt and 700 years of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh - October 3 and 4, 2014.

Taste of Russia Festival September 28, 2014

11am - 6 pm

Entrance Fee: $5.00

This year's program will include:

  • Slavyanka Russian Chorus
  • Holy Virgin Cathedral Choir
  • Nikolai Massenkoff of Russian Folk Festival
  • Sivka Burka Cossacks Children Ensemble
  • Russian Center's Folk Dance Ensemble
  • First Russian Ballet......and more!

Parking will be available at Presidio Jr High School lot on 29th and Geary Blvd.


Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This coming week on Thursday will mark the end of the Dormition Fast, when we celebrate the glorious Dormition of the Mother of God. The Gospel reading this Sunday prepares us for this holiday by teaching us the most-important Christian virtues,  compassion and forgiveness. (continue)

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Before we begin to discuss the Gospel reading, just a small reminder that we are in the middle of the Dormition Fast, a fasting period that is short but very strict, on a par with Great Lent. Through this fast, we prepare ourselves to honor the Mother of God as she leaves our world for the Heavenly Kingdom where she becomes the great Heavenly Mother and protector to all people who turn to her for assistance. (continue)

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

With profound gratitude we glorify God for the joy that we were blessed with in our celebration of the 20th anniversary of the glorification of St. John. Now that the celebration has passed, we are able to return to our normal lives with a greatly renewed spirit. On Sunday we will be hearing a Gospel reading that teaches us about the power of deep spiritual faith and exhorts us to live our lives actively according to this faith. (continue)

St. John's 20th Anniversary Banquet

Online registration for the banquet is now closed. Please contact Nadine Buick on 650 281 1954 for available seating.

The banquet will be held at the United Irish Cultural Centre of San Francisco - 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco.

Parking during St. John's 20th Anniversary Weekend

Parking will be available for St. John's 20th Anniversary weekend at Presidio Middle School - 30th Ave and Geary Blvd

Saturday, June 28th, parking lot opens at 4pm and will stay open for the midnight service through Sunday, June 29th, until 3pm.

Cost is $5.00 per car per entry

Расписание всенароднаго празднования 20-летия прославления свт. Иоанна Шанхайскаго и Сан-Францисскаго чудотворца

Пятница 27 июня
В 5 ч. веч.  Вечернее богослужение 
В 7:00 веч.  После вечернего богослужения – перенесение гробницы с мощами святителя Иоанна на середину храма и всенародное пение акафиста св. Иоанну перед его мощами.

Суббота 28 июня  
В 4:30 дня  Встреча «Курской» иконы Божьей Матери
В 4:45 дня  "Наречение" Архимандрита Николая (Ольховского)
В 5:30 веч.  Всенощное бдение
В 11 ч. веч.  Малое освящение воды

Воскресенье 29 июня  
В 00:00 утра  Божественная Литургия (в полночь с субботы на воскресенье)
В 8:45 утра  Встреча Его Высокопреосвященства Митрополита Илариона Первоиерарха Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей
В 9 ч. утра  "Чин Исповедования" и Божественная Литургия.
В 3 ч. дня  Банкет

Schedule of the Solemn Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker

Friday June 27th
5:00 pm Vespers and Matins
7:00 pm Following the daily Vespers and Matins, St. John's relics will be transferred to the middle of the cathedral and an Akathist to St. John will be chanted before them.

Saturday June 28th
4:30 pm Greeting of the “Kursk-Root” Icon of the Mother of God
4:45 pm "Episcopal Nomination" of Archimandrite Nicholas (Olhovsky)
5:30 pm All-night Vigil
11:00 pm Lesser Blessing of the Waters

Sunday June 29th
12:00 am Midnight Divine Liturgy
8:45 am Greeting of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
9:00 am “Confession of Faith” and Divine Liturgy
3:00 pm Banquet

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