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09.01.2019 Sunday Hierarchal Divine Liturgy

09.01.2019. Sunday Divine Liturgy at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Los Angeles was presided by His Eminence Benjamin Archbishop of San-Francisco and the West. After dismissal Vladika read the Encyclical Archpastoral message of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon on the beginning of the Ecceliastical Year & The Day of Prayer for the Creation.

To the Venerable Hierarchs, Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,

O timeless Word and Son without beginning, united with the Holy Spirit, Co-maker of all and Co-creator of all things visible and invisible: bless the beginning of this year; bring peace to Thine Orthodox people, through the prayers of the Theotokos and all the saints.
Doxastichon for the Indiction at Lord I Call.

On this day, the Ecclesiastical New Year, the church calls us to contemplate and meditate upon our Creator and His Creation. This first day of the New Year not only marks a renewal of the liturgical cycle, but, as thebeginning of the year, it draws our attention to the beginning of all and to God who has no beginning. As such, we are given the opportunity to offer prayers for the preservation of the earth, for the welfare of us who inhabit it, who are part of it, and who crown it, and for God to grant us the wisdom and grace to be good and faithful stewards of this earth, the Lord’s creation, given to us freely and always imparting more gifts for ournourishment, benefit, and life.

It is easy to take creation for granted, to see the world around us as comprising inanimate objects and dumb beasts, servants to our purpose and delight, or obstacles in our way. Indeed, in the beginning God placedhuman beings at the head of creation, creating us in His image and likeness to have “dominion over the fishof the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creepingthing that creeps upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26) Yet, as with our Lord and his Kingship over us, we are not todominate nature, but humbly commune with it in a relationship of love, of care, and of stewardship.

While Genesis shows that the world was created for the service of humanity, the Psalmist so eloquently puts into divinely-inspired words the ultimate, higher purpose of God’s creation:

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest... Praise the Lord from the earth,you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy winds fulfilling his command. Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, beasts of the earth and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds. Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth, young men and maidens, old men and children! (Ps. 148:1, 7-12)

“Let them praise the name of the Lord!” the Psalmist exclaims. We are of creation, and ultimately ought tobe of one mind and purpose with all created things, praising the Lord. While creation praises the Lord by its very existence, we offer our praise to the Lord through our stewardship of creation and created things themselves, a reality revealed so fully in the Eucharist.

Thus, as we celebrate the beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year, I exhort you to bear in mind the beginning of the world, and the world itself. Let us give thanks for creation, with the words of the beautiful Akathist“Glory to God for all Things” on our lips. Let us contemplate the great mystery of creation, which offers itself for our nourishment and earthly life. Likewise, let us further meditate upon the culmination of creation: Jesus Christ, our Lord, offering his very body and blood, his substance and life, upon the Cross for our life. Let us join the earth, wood and water, sky and stone, praising and worshipping the Lord, the Giver and Creator of Life. May our Lord and Creator inspire us, that we may heal our state of enmity with nature wrought by sin (Gen. 3:15-19), that we may strive for the preservation and renewal of the world, and that we might sing His praises with the earth and all that is in it as good stewards of His creation.

With paternal love and blessings,

Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada


08.01.2019 To the beloved parish priests of the Orthodox Church in America

August 1, 2019                                                                                                                                                

To the beloved parish priests of the Orthodox Church in America:

Christ is in our midst!

On the closing day of the 19thAll-American Council in July 2018, two college students, Miriam Sheehan and Dimitrios Rentel, gave a brief yet impassioned presentation asking the Orthodox Church in America to reinvigorate its efforts in youth ministry. Within ten minutes, various attendees and online viewers spontaneously pledged over $80,000 toward the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, with the goal in mind of hiring a director for this department. Such generosity sent a clear message – that our people see the need for better youth ministry in the Orthodox Church in America.

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September - October 2019







September 2019

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, 

In the beginning of my address I would like to once again greet you with feasts of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Dormition of the Theotokos that we celebrated in August. August was a very busy month; it was full of liturgical celebrations and extremely loaded with housekeeping tasks around our Cathedral property. Besides that, several of our parishioners had health issues that required pastoral attention. I ask all of you to pray for a speedy recovery for Miss Ann Chach, Irina Gibbons, and our beloved starosta Alla Bobrov. 

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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

September 2019

Sisterhood news 


We extend our grateful thanks to Josephine Lazarides, who has temporarily taken the job of lunch cashier during the absence of Ann Chach, our Secretary/Treasurer, who is recovering from surgery.   Hopefully, Ann will be with us soon, and in the meantime, we appreciate the time that Josephine has devoted to the Sisterhood. 

We again invite all the ladies of the parish to come join us in our work of helping the Church in many ways. You are always welcome.  Our dues are $25.00 a year.  

         Irene Gregory   



July 2019

Dear parishioners and friends of our beloved Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, I want to express my gratitude for your help and your donations to the parish building fund. The latest project is completed - walls of the church were repaired and painted and are sparkling clean! Unfortunately, not all of our bills are paid in full, and once again I ask for your financial help. Please make donations to the best of your ability.  

Yours in Christ,

   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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September 2019

September 7 - the first school day, which will begin with a prayer for the beginning of the school year at 10 am after which the hall will host a General meeting of parents.

                                        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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September 2019

Charity Committee 

This year, through the generosity of our parishioners, five backpacks and a modest assortment of school supplies were donated, and we were able to assemble 1 kindergarten, 2 elementary school, and 2 middle school/ high school backpacks for needy children.  They were delivered to City of Angeles - a Los Angeles Unified School District program for homeless students - on August 19, and were received with gratitude.


Our September charity collection will go to our own local ministry with our homeless and needy neighbors, including purchasing the items which were needed to complete the backpacks.


 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