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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 Virgin Cathedral - Joy of all Who Sorrow - San Francisco, CA - Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Cathedral Charity Fund

May 22, 2013
Cathedral Charity Fund
With the Blessing of Archbishop Kyrill

Feed the Hungry, tend to the Needy

Please donate regularly, the proceeds to be distributed by Vladyka and Starosta

Checks to HVC- 6210 Geary Blvd. San Francisco CA 94121, Memo CHARITY
Charity Box placed on left inside Narthex (pritvor)

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Traditional Pilgrimage to Fort Ross

A trip to the nearest corner of the Russian Empire!

Monday, May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day)

Fort Ross was founded by the Russian-American Company in 1812.  Currently, Fort Ross is administered by California State Park & Recreation Administration.

On Monday, May 27, 2013, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. After the Liturgy, there will be a procession to the cemetery where our countrymen are buried, as well as local and Alaskan natives that had converted to Orthodoxy while working at Fort Ross and ended their earthly journey in this small corner of Russia.

Visit of the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God

28 апреля В праздник Входа Господня во Иерусалим Курско-Коренная икона будет принесена в Радосте-Скорбященский кафедральный собор.

April 28: On the feast day of the Entry of the Lord Into Jerusalem, the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God will be at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow".

7 апреля В Радосте-Скорбященском кафедральном соборе в Сан-Франциско будет совершена Божественная литургия в присутствии Курско-Коренной иконы Божией Матери.

April 7: Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco in the presence of the Kursk-Root Icon.

April 2 at 7pm: The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God will be ceremoniously greeted at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco. The Western American Pastoral Conference will be held in its presence. A pannikhida will be performed for the fifth anniversary of the death of Metropolitan Laurus and the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Archbishop Tikhon, the predecessor of St John (Maximovich) on the cathedra of Western America. A detailed schedule will be available soon.

2 апреля 7ч. веч. Состоится торжественная встреча Курско-Коренной иконы Божией Матери в Радосте-Скорбященском кафедральном соборе в Сан-Франциско. Здесь будет проходить великопостное говение и совещание духовенства Западно-Американской епархии. После встречи святыни будет совершена соборная панихида по случаю пятилетия со времени кончины митрополита Лавра и пятидесятилетия со дня преставления архиепископа Тихона, предшественника святителя Иоанна (Максимовича).

First Week of Great Lent

First Week of Great Lent – morning services at 7:00 am, Great Compline and Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:00 pm.

На первой седмице начало утреннего богослужения в 7 часов утра. В 6 часов веч. Великое повечерие с чтением Великого канона. В среду и пятницу Литургия Преждеосвященных Даров.

Maslenitsa Blini

Friday, March 1, 2013

Holy Virgin Cathedral Parish Hall 6:00 – 10:30 pm

$40 per person-Evening Attire
$75 per person-Archbishop’s table
Archbishop’s table includes Alaskan halibut fillet

Includes: Appetizers & Champagne Reception
Blini-Dinner, Dessert, Coffee & Tea
Blini-smoked salmon, sour cream, caviar w/eggs,
assorted herring, bullion and other traditional goodies!!!
Live Music-Entertainment-Festive setting-No Host Bar

Download the flyer in PDF here.

Decree to all parishes, monasteries, and missions

Jan. 21, 2013

Decree from Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America concerning his departure to Russia for the Bishop's Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, in Moscow. (PDF)


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)


Blagovestnik January 2013 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik December 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik September 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik July 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik April 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik March 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik February 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik January 2012 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Blagovestnik November 2011 can be downloaded here (pdf)

Gingerbread Faire and Workshop

Saturday, December 15th

Come Join the fun of the Gingerbread Faire – festive shopping, raffle, games, and a Gingerbread Workshop –

Decorating your own Gingerbread House on Saturday, December 15th, at 1:30pm to 4pm in the main hall.

$20 per child for Gingerbread house decorating will benefit the Western American Diocese Saint Herman's Youth Conference

It will include a ready built Gingerbread house for children to beautify with candy decorations and frosting.

Watch their eyes light up when they bring their gorgeous Gingerbread house home.

To guarantee a Gingerbread house and that beautiful sparkle in their eye for your child or grandchild – please make sure to sign up in advance by December 10th  (or if you would like to sponsor a child) with Larissa Krassovsky @ 650 343 3361 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, 19th Dec. St. Nicholas of Myra

On Wednesday, 19th December, we celebrate St. Nicholas of Myra. This is the feast day of our right altar. Liturgy at 9am.

В среду 19 дек. день памяти Св. Николая, архиепископа Мир Ликийских чудотворца - престольный праздник правого придела. Литургия в 9 час. утра.

Precious Cross to visit Holy Virgin Cathedral Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2.

Fr. Ioannis will be at the Cathedral from 9am on Saturday, December 1, and will remain in the Cathedral through the Vigil that evening. The following day, Sunday, December 2, he will be present during both Liturgies.

Here is more information:

Father Ioannis Maridakis from Greece is a priest at the parish of the Birth of the Theotokos in the town of Galata on the island of Crete. He has a metal cross with a piece of the Precious Cross of Christ with a drop of His Blood. The cross was given to Fr. Ioannis in September of 2003 by Maria Panou, the mother of the current representative of the Holy Sepulcher in Athens, who in turn received this cross from Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem. A month later after receiving the cross, Fr. Ioannis blessed with this cross a sick person at a hospital in Athens and the patient got well the next day. Since then Fr. Ioannis has blessed thousands of people with this cross in many countries. In the last several years, hundreds of people were healed from various illnesses, including cancer and infertility. Miraculous healings from various illnesses have been documented. The cross gives off a sweet scent and at times streams myrrh. A few documented healings can be found here

Отец Иоаннис Маридакис из Греции - священник прихода Рождества Пресвятыя Богородицы города Галата на острове Крит. У него есть металлический крест с частицей Животворящего Креста Господня с каплей Его честныя Крови. Крест был дан отцу Иоаннису в сентябре 2003 года Марией Паноу, матерью нынешнего представителя Святого Гроба Господня в Афинах, который в свою очередь получила этот крест от Патриарха Иерусалимского Диодороса. Месяц спустя после получения креста, Отец Иоаннис благословил больного человека в Афинской больнице крестом и на следующий день он выздоровел. С тех пор Отец Иоаннис благословлял множество людей этим крестом в разных странах. За последние годы, сотни людей были излечены от различных болезней, включая от рака и бесплодия. Удивительные исцеления от различных болезней были зафиксированы. Крест благоухает и в некоторых случаях мироточит.

Children's Celebration of the Theotokos
Sunday, December 2, 10am-3pm

The youth of our community invite you to a day dedicated to the Theotokos. Children will perform Liturgical and Folk Music dedicated to the Theotokos and art works of their own hands honoring the Theotokos will be on display.
Download the PDF poster here
Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012

День Благодарения.
Литургия в 9 часов утра. Молебен в 10:30 утра.

Thanksgiving Day.
Liturgy at 9:00 am. Thanksgiving Service at 10:30 am.

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