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Schedule of visitation of relic of St.Luke the Surgeon

Dear brothers and sisters, this weekend the relics of St.Luke arriving to our Cathedral for veneration. Here we present a schedule of the visitation of this holy relic at other Parishes in the Southland.
10 SUN 10 AM-6:00 PM 
16 SAT 10 AM-9:00 PM                     HOLY VIRGIN MARY CATHEDRAL  
17 SUN 10 AM-6:00 PM                    (650 Micheltorena, Los Angeles,CA) Phone: (323) 661-7000 

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11.05.2019 Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits the center of the Orthodox Church in America

SYOSSET, NY – Archbishop Elpidophoros visited Metropolitan Tikhon, on Monday Nov. 4, 2019, at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). The two hierarchs exchanged formal greetings in the St. Sergius Chapel. They restated the importance of developing brotherly relationship between the Archdiocese and the OCA through concrete practical projects and collaboration. A lunch followed, during which Metropolitan Tikhon and Archbishop Elpidophoros discussed possible actions to realize their desire to strengthen their relationship. Archbishop Elpidophoros insisted on the importance of Eucharistic concelebration as the cornerstone of Orthodox unity in the country.

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November - December 2019



November 21st– ENTRY OF VIRGIN MARY INTO THE TEMPLE (Gregorian calendar)


December 4th– ENTRY OF VIRGIN MARY INTO THE TEMPLE (Julian calendar)

December 25th– NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (Gregorian calendar)

November 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, parishioners and friends of our beloved Cathedral.

First, I would like to greet you with the upcoming Feast of the Entrance of Theotokos into the Temple and Thanksgiving Day that we will be celebrating in November. Here is a short review of the activities in the month of October:

In the beginning of October Fr. Deacon and I participated in the Deanery meeting led by our regional Dean Fr. Lawrence Russell. At this meeting we were able to confer and to share with rest of the clergy of our deanery our achievements and future projects.  In the beginning of October I submitted our semi-annual report to Diocesan office just in time for our annual Diocesan Assembly that took place October 15 -17 in Colorado Springs. At the Assembly, besides the regular business agenda, we were able to read reports of the Diocesan Bishop, the auxiliary Bishop, deans, and also of all other parishes of the Diocese of San Francisco and the West. It was very relieving for me to see that all of us in North America are striving to build Lord’s Church and are dealing with the same or similar challenges of this world, and even though sometimes it is very difficult we can celebrate our small spiritual victories.  Glory to God for this!  If you interested in reading documents from the Assembly, they are available at https://www.dowoca.org/2019assembly

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August 2019

I want to thank everybody who participated in our security system fundraiser, we are really almost there. We raised $17,800 but we still need $2,200. I hope we will be able to close this gap before new year.

Margaret Dascalu

November 2019

Sisterhood news 

All the drapes in the Parish Hall were sent to the cleaners and came back looking like new.  We are pleased with the result.  Along with the installation of the new flooring, the difference in the appearance of the  room became brighter and more pleasing. The ladies are working very hard providing a variety of tasty dishes and home made  desserts  for the lunches.  Many of our memberswill be helping at the Festival.  We are providing the piroshkifor the occasion.

         Irene Gregory   



November 2019

Our Christmas Bazaar and home bake goods will be offered on Sunday, December 15th after Liturgy and if you wish to donate baking goods and Christmas items please call the Cathedral office or Alla Bobrov (323) 255-0244.


   Starosta Alla Bobrov

August 2019

Our July charity collection will, at His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin's request, go to the monasteries of the Diocese of the West. We will also resume our practice of assembling backpacks for needy children.  For elementary students we need: backpacks, wide ruled paper, #2 pencils, rulers, crayons (24 color boxes), glue sticks, Post It Notes, erasers, highlighters (2+ colors), and loose leaf binders (1 1/2 inch). 

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October 2019

The school year began on September 7th. We are glad to see everyone in our school. In October we still ready to accept more students in some classes for vacant seats.

                                        Irina Usova, Coordinator   

September 2019

Youth and Christian Education Update

Before announcing our fall lineup, I want to thank Marie McEntire for the love and dedication she put into providing our children with craft activities during lunchtime this summer, and to thank Reader George Abuelkhair for his assistance with that!

Looking ahead, I am also excited to announce a full schedule of children's ministries starting back up in September:

Sunday School - This year the parish Sunday School will consist of two classes, with grades preK through 2nd taught by Marie McEntire and teaching assistant Reader George, and grades 3rd and up taught by Zoe Turton and teaching assistant Ron Lehman. Children will meet quietly at the back of the church after communion and will depart for class once the chalice is back in the altar, with classes lasting approximately 30 minutes to facilitate the children returning to the church for the veneration of the cross. (If craft time is interrupted for veneration of the cross, the children will be able to continue crafts in the hall during lunchtime.) Classes will commence on Sunday September 15. The full Sunday School schedule and syllabi will be distributed to parents with the Sunday School registration forms, which parents will be asked to return as soon as possible to Marie McEntire or myself. For more information, please contact Marie McEntire.

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September 2019

Summer camp


Please mark your calendars for next year's camp in the mountains.  The dates are July 5-11, 2020.  Keep an eye out for applications on the camp web site.

We are also trying to recruit counselors, volunteers, arts and crafts, general helpers.  If interested please contact Fr. Andrew Smith at the Nativity of the Holy Virgin in Menlo Park, California.  He will be the new camp director for next year.

Hope we will have a better turn out from our parish in 2020.

Marina Burgmeier Camp Coordinator

September 2019

L.O.V.E.S.  will be holding a raffle/lottery on September 15th in the parish hall as a fundraiser.  Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.  !st prize is $300.  Proceeds allow us to service the sick and elderly of our parish so your support is greatly appreciated.

Marina Burgmeier, President


February 2018

The Kiosk contents have been moved from the old location in the School Building to the lower level of the Hall Building. This means the Kiosk will be more accessible to you as you leave the hall and head for your car the lower parking lot!  Hopefully, more of you will drop by and see what's new! 

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November 2019

Charity Committee 

Our charity collection in the month of October for St. John of Kronstadt Home was $354.  Thank you all for your great generosity!  Our November collection will benefit St. Herman's Seminary in Alaska.  

We will also begin collecting new, unwrapped toys for needy children in our area.

 Marie McEntire Charity Committee Chairman 

September 2019


Cathedral Children’s Chorus (C3) at HVM is a contingent of the music program at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles and is open to all singers from ages 5-17. The mission of the ensemble is to provide an immersive opportunity for children of all ages to not only develop their choral and musical talent, but also to experience the profound and timeless beauty of Russian liturgical music. 


No! The repertoire will be in both English and Church Slavonic, but English transliterations will be provided for all Slavonic music. Also, both teachers, English-speaking and Russian-speaking, will be present at all rehearsals, services and performances. Rehearsals will be conducted primarily in English.


Rehearsals will be held every Saturday afternoon from 3:00-4:00 immediately following Saturday School. (On weeks with no Saturday School, choir rehearsal will be not be held.)

For children to sing during church services, they should arrive prior to the start of the service and join the group at the front of the church to prepare to sing.it is necessary to come to the singing 15 minutes before the service.

Starting in November, children will sing during the Divine Liturgy at the Church two Sundays a month. To participate in the service, regular attendance is necessary, as well as to participate in concerts, children should regularly sing at the service. Children will receive the rules of attendance at the first lesson, as well as the rules of attendance will be sent to parents by e-mail.

C3 will genreally sing during Divine Liturgy at the cathedral two Sundays per month. To sing at services, children are encouraged to attend rehearsals regularly, and to sing in concerts, children are likewise encourage to sing at services regularly. 


Registration information can be submitted at any time via email to Zoe Turton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and hard copies of registration forms can be submitted to Zoe in person or by dropping off at the church office.  Registration is ongoing, so children can join at any time!

Saturdays from 3:00-4:00PM 
Sundays 10:00AM-12:30PM

Please check the parish leaflet for up-to-date C3 schedule information