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10.13.2019 Sunday Divine Liturgy and exhibit open at Parish Hall

10.13.2019 On Sunday the 17th week after Pentecost, commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council  Rector of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral Archpriest Nazari Polataiko served the Divine Liturgy. 

After the Liturgy in the Parish Hall was shown the photo exhibtion of the Churches and Monasteries from the bird's eye view that were took on flying camera around the USA, Russia, Georgia, Ethiopia. The authors came from Moscow to open it and represent the beauty of ancient architecture through their vision of Orthodoxy which took them many miles to travel and catch the picturesque view.

The pictures will stay till Slavic Festival -November 10 at our Church and then be available for purchase and to order them online or in our bookstore. Part of funds will go for supporting of our Cathedral.

All pictures printed in high resolution using special paper and technology allowing to transmit original colors.

Read more on www.aerialphoto.ru



10.09.2019. The Holy relics of St.Luke the Surgeon arriving to Los Angeles and Orange County

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

We are very glad to inform you, that with the blessing of his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and All Ukraine and His Eminence Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West, the part of the Holy relics of St. Luke of Simferopol and Crimea will reside for veneration in Los Angeles from 10 to 20 November 2019.


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October-November 2019

October 1st– PROTECTION OF THE THEOTOKOS  (Gregorian calendar)



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




October 2019

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 Using this opportunity, I would like to greet you all with the Feast of the Protection of All-Holy Theotokos that we celebrate in October.  September was marked with many Parish activities: we started new academic year with the Saturday and Sunday Parish schools; Children’s Choir and Little Sisterhood are back and again taking an active part in our services. We finished construction of the new stage in our parish hall, and new floors were installed in the parish hall vestibule and corridors.  After a short vacation that Matushka and I took in September, I am back to start my regular meetings with catechumens, lectures to the parents of the Saturday School, and to conduct classes on Saturday for the next year.

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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

October 2019

Sisterhood news 


One of the responsibilities of the Sisterhood is to decorate the Church with fresh flowers for all major Feast Days.  I want to thank Margaret Dascalu and her committee on the beautiful arrangements these past few months.  It is quite a large undertaking to go to the flower mart early in the morning to select  the flowers and return to Church to design and decorate the Feast Day icons.  The floral arrangements have been absolutely gorgeous.  I really appreciate their time, work, effort,  and devotion spent  to beautify our Temple. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all again.  I also have the pleasure to report that we have received the white and purple deacon vestments, and Fr. Kirill has already worn the new white one.  We still have a few more ordered for him, which will arrive soon.

         Irene Gregory   



October 2019

Dear Fr. Nazari and Parishioners of our beloved Cathedral! Thank you, sincerely, for your very dear to my heart well wishes and prayers during my post-op convalescence. Thanks be to God, I have recovered and am able to come back to Church and to my church family.
With love,

   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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October 2019

Charity Committee 

     Our September charity collection raised $304 for our local ministries with our homeless neighbors.  A gracious thank you letter was received from Dr. Rami Samuelson of City of Angels School, which can be seen on the Charity Committee bulletin board opposite the church office. The October 6 charity collection will go to St. John of Kronstadt Home.

  Our St. Xenia Homeless Outreach is welcomed by our neighbors who are homeless.  The hygiene packs, clothing, and extra items that we take out are always appreciated.  We are discussing increasing our visits to two Sundays each month instead of one.  


 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