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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_final day

As the final day crept into view, the pilgrims roused themselves for one final day of prayer and camaraderie on the Holy Mountain. Father Nazari left early, about 2:30 am, to attend Matins in the main Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel at Dokhiari. While he began his preparations to serve the Divine Liturgy, Reader Serge, Jonathan, and Kevin began practicing in order to sing the Liturgy. With the service of Hours about to come to a close the everyone congregated in a small chapel across from the miraculous icon of the Theotokos 'Quick to Hear' and began the service. The Liturgy was served in English, Slavonic, and Greek, Father Nazari was assisted by Protodeacon Alexander from St. Jonah of Kyiv Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine and the choir was aided by Father Parthenius and other monks.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 6

Monday morning, before dawn broke, the pilgrims attended services at the Church of St. Demitrius at the Xenaphon Monastery. Following the celebrations of Matins and the Divine Liturgy the monks sang a Canon to the Church’s patronal Saint. With a light breakfast in their stomachs the six travelers set out for Elder Eugene’s Skete not far from the main monastery. When they had arrived they were blessed to sing a brief molebin and then sat down for tea and light refreshments. The Skete houses ten brothers, and their kindness and generosity toward the pilgrims was truly remarkable. They were gifted with not only nourishment for their bodies but also with wise and grace-filled words of wisdom from Elder Eugene. He spoke at length regarding his experiences with America and his deep love for St. John of San Francisco and Shanghai.

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November - December 2017

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

December 3rd - Visit by Belorussian nuns

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

December 10th - BAKE SAKE, CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, LUNCHEON

December 12th - Church cleaning in preparation for Nativity

December 25th - NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND GOD JESUS CHRIST (Gregorian calendar)

November 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
I cordially greet you on the occasion of the upcoming beginning of the Nativity Fast. Although we all do not start this soul-saving journey at the same time, it leads us to the same Universal Celebration, the incarnation of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ. I wish you all to spend this time in prayer, repentance, good deeds: of love and mercy, so that all of us can happily celebrate Nativity in the flesh of Our Savior.

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October 2017

   Dear friends,

   To bring you up-to-date, the Security Camera project has now received $15,200.00 in donations.

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October 2017

This last month was a very busy one for the Sisterhood.

The cleaning of the Church went well even though we had only a few people.  I would like to thank Asta Aristov, Alla Bobrov, Reader Vitaly Efimenkov, Marie McEntire, Sundeacon Gai and Tamara Krupenkin, Natalia Hohlova and Andrei Rozin for all their dedicated time to make our Temple shine. 

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October 2017

I'm inviting everyone to attend this year's Semi-annual meeting to be held on Sunday October 15th. Please note, you don’t have to be a dues paying member, you are all welcome!

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November 2017

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and helped to raise funds for our Parish at the Gershwin concert on September 24th: organizers, performers, donors, set up and cleanup crews. One more successful event of our Micheltorena Concert Series.

Please mark your calendars November 12th, our annual Slavic festival, another fun day at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral!

Bake Sale, Christmas Bazaar, Luncheon.  These events will be held on Sunday, December 10th, following the Divine Liturgy. 

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November 2017

Our parish library will gratefully accept any books for replenishment of the library fund and sale at the Slavic Festival. We also need items of folk crafts (Khokhloma, Gzhel, pottery figurines, etc.), elements of national dress.

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November 2017

Dear parents and families,

The Sunday School year has begun and we are looking forward to a year of growth and fun. 

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July 2017

   It is with much disappointment that I inform you summer camp has been cancelled for this year.  I just received a message from Fr. Michael Anderson that he must cancel camp.

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October 2017

L.O.V.E.S. raffle will be held Oct. 8th after liturgy.  Come one, come all and support us.  1st prize will be $500, 2nd prize a silver tea set, and there are many more.

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September 2017

We have just restocked some of our best sellers for children, on the lives of St. John Shanghaisky, St. Elizabeth the New Martyr, St. Paisios and the Bear, and St. Luke the Surgeon of Crimea.  Also some booklets on the Prayer Rope, as many of you have been buying chotki that Father Nazari ordered from Ukraine for us.

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July 2017

   I wish to thank everyone for their generous contributions for the homeless in providing hygenic materials. All items were successfully distributed to the homeless under the Sunset bridge. May God bless each person who contributed.

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September 2017

Cathedral Children’s Choir

We are glad to inform you that this year we started Cathedral Children’s Choir at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral which is open to all singers from 5-17. 
The repertoire will be in both English and Church Slavonic, but English transliterations will be provided for all Slavonic music.
Rehearsals will be held every Saturday afternoon from 3:15-4:30pm immediately following Saturday School.

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 Turton or Ganna Semenova on Saturdays.

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