Bake Sale, Christmas Bazaar 2018

Our annual sisterhood bake sale was held on December 9th after Liturgy at 12:00, followed by a lecture in the church by renouned Orthodox music scholar Dr. Vladimir Morosan, closed out with a concert of beautiful Russian Christmas music put on by Camerata Rus at 3:00. 

Slavic Festival 2018

Our Slavic Festival which took place on November 11th was very successful. 

I want to thank everyone who took an active part in organizing our Annual Slavic Festival, and I want to especially mention the chairman of the Slavic Festival Committee and Parish Council member subdeacon Andrey Aristov, the Sisterhood, which, as always, prepared an extraordinary amount of delicious food, Ekaterina Solovskaya and Anna Semenova for organizing the entertainment, and everyone who took part in the preparation and realization of this event. God bless you all!

Archpriest Nazari Polataiko

Metropolitan Tikhon issues Archpastoral Letter concerning recent developments in Ukraine



On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon addressed an Archpastoral Letter to the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America in reference to recent developments with regard to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

The text of the letter, which reads as follows, is also available in PDF format.


Archpastoral Letter of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon
in Reference to Recent Developments 
Regarding the Orthodox Church in Ukraine


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

Christ is in our midst!

I write in reference to recent developments respecting the Orthodox Church in Ukraine which have received much media attention. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has been closely following these developments inasmuch as they have an impact in our own communities. Many of our parishes have been affected by the painful historical ecclesiastical divisions that have existed in Ukraine for decades. In recent years, these ecclesiastical divisions have been overtaken by significant violent geopolitical conflict and our Church has consistently called for the offering of prayers for the healing of such division and the peaceful and just resolution of all conflict.

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Charity Committee

Through the generosity of our parishioners we were able to make 3 elementary school and one high school student backpacks.  I took the backpacks to City of Angels, a program of the Los Angeles Unified School District that works with homeless children. To say that they were delighted to get them would be an extreme understatement.  The director, Rami, was so excited, that she posed for pictures with me and the backpacks!  She wouldn't let me leave before she had hand-written a thank you note, which is posted with the pictures on the Charity Committee bulletin board outside the church office.  Thank you to all who donated!

MarieMcEntire, chairman 

Moleben on September 15th

On September 15th, students of our Saturday school and their parents prayed during moleben timed to the beginning of the school year. After the moleben the rector of our church and the principal of our Saturday school said a parting word and presented each student with icons of the Ven. Fathers of Kiev-Pechersk blessed with holy water.


We are looking for a Maintenance Manager to keep our facilities in good order. You will be responsible for preserving the good condition of infrastructure and ensure that the buildings and grounds are safe, clean and well-functioning.

Job requirements:

Orthodox Christian; working knowledge of maintenance and cleaning processes, materials and equipment; knowledge of English sufficient to understand operating instructions for cleaningequipment and materials and safety and accident prevention; ability to communicate effectively, ability to work outdoors under adverse weather conditions, ability to climb ladders and stairs, ability to pick up and carry 65 pounds, ability to operate cleaning and grounds maintenance machines, ability to stand for prolonged period of time; interact positively and pleasantly with parishioners.

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Dedicated to the 145-year Anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoffimageedit_4_4737833183.png

This year the entire musical world celebrates the 145th-year anniversary of the greatest Russian-American pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, who's life path is still inseparably associated with the city of Los Angeles.

The competition will take place at the concert hall of historical Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Silver Lake - one of the oldest Russian religious and cultural centers in the United States. Rachmaninoff was a parishioner of the Cathedral during his entire stay in Los Angeles. 

The Cathedral became a permanent home for one of his grand pianos, and this particular instrument will be generously offered to perform for the finalists of the Competition! 

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Opening of the Museum in Los Angeles

The opening of the museum of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Orthodox Church in America) started with an exhibit, "Outlook on Life: Several Generations of the Russian Noble Family Golitsyn," which took place on July 15, 2018.

This exhibit became inaugural in the newly opened museum at the cathedral. Rector of the Cathedral Father Nazari Polataiko allocated one of the halls for the museum, where the display is held. The hall is quite spacious and gathered about 50 people for the opening of a unique exhibit.

Among the sponsors of the exhibit there were the Parish Council and public organizations, such as the Russian Children's Aid Society, Western American Department of the Russian Imperial Union and Russian Noble Assembly, as well as the Department of the Congress of Russian Americans.

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OCA represented at celebration in Kyiv honoring UOC Metropolitan Onufri

 June 27, 2018ukraineFr. Nazari Polataiko, right, greets Metropolitan Onufry at conclusion of festal Divine Liturgy.

With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archpriest Nazari Polataiko, Dean of Los Angeles’ Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral and a member of the OCA’s Office of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, represented the Orthodox Church in America at festivities marking the name’s day of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine.

The highlight of the visit was the celebration of the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at Kyiv’s Monastery of the Caves—popularly known as the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra—on June 25, 2018, the feast of Saint Onufry the Great.

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Message from Gai Krupenkin

Dear Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral family,

Tamara and I are very grateful for all the well wishes we received from our church family.

Please pray for my beloved Tamara. 

May God rest her soul.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations to be given to Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

Gai Krupenkin


Summer Camp Volunteer/Counselor applications

With our new location our need for counselors in particular has increased dramatically. Our new site has cabins which have 9 beds. We are required to have 2 adults per cabin. This means we need 2 counselors in a cabin to be able to have 7 campers. To use all the cabins we have at our disposal would require 24 counselors who can be counselors for the entire time of camp


The process to apply is 2 steps.

1. You need to complete the online application for volunteers/counselors (see steugenescamp.html)

2. You need to submit a Background Check Submission Form via a link also on steugenescamp.html.

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Parish Feast Day

   According to custom, our ruling Archpastor, His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin, blessed us with his visit to celebrate the feast day of our cathedral Holy Virgin Mary "Rescuer of the Perishing," which takes place every year on the Sunday closest to this holiday. Vladyka arrived in our temple on Saturday before the beginning of the all-night vigil. Many parishioners were already waiting for the arrival of our spiritual father, praying in the temple.

   Other priests also came to celebrate our parish feast day: a friend of our parish - the rector of St. Clement’s Church in Moscow, Archpriest Leonid Kalinin and the former rector of our cathedral, Archpriest Nicolas Boldireff.

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Visit of the Myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts"

  On February 1st, on the eve of the Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple (Gregorian calendar), during the All-Night Vigil, a myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" arrived in our God-saved temple. The church was filled with divine grace, which came from the myrrh-streaming icon in response to the numerous prayers of our parishioners, although this visit was spontaneous and organized just a few days before the arrival of the shrine to Los Angeles. About 100 parishioners came on Thursday evening to venerate the icon of the Mother of God and receive anointing with oil miraculously poured out by the icon of the Holy Theotokos.

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Nativity 2017

On December 24th- 25th Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral celebrated Nativity according to the Gregorian calendar, the Eve of which this year fell on Sunday. Several days before, our flower ladies started spending countless hours in preparation for festivities. After Divine Liturgy on Sunday December 24th the Temple was decorated with flowers and Christmas trees. The Sisterhood prepared kutiya and kompot, baked goods and sweets for after the Divine services celebration. At the end of the Nativity Vigil service the cathedral choir under the direction of Reader Serge Liberovsky glorified the newly born Christ with traditional Nativity Carols which continued to be sung in the Parish Hall, both after Vigil and Divine Liturgy the next morning.  During Divine Liturgy cathedral Rector Archpriest Nazari Polataiko read the English version of the Nativity message of His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada.

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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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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 5

On the fifth day, the pilgrims awoke at the St. Panteleimon Monastery and attended Matins at one of the Churches dedicated to the Great Unmercenary Healer. Reading from the kliros was His Beatitude Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine. The Primate of the Ukrainian Church was on the Holy Mountain on the occasion of his birthday, and the Theotokos blessed the six pilgrims to attend the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Protection Church of the Starorussikon. Concelebrating with His Beatitude, were Metropolitan Anthony, Metropolitan Meletiy, and Bishop Yevseviy. Father Nazari was blessed to be among the celebrating clergy, and our Reader Serge sang with the monastic choir.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 4

The All-Holy Theotokos blessed the pilgrims to open their fourth day on the Holy Mountain by serving Liturgy at the Skete of St. John the Russian. With His Grace Diodore Auxiliary Bishop of Odessa diocese presiding from the Throne, Father Nazari concelebrated with another priest from Odessa diocese of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Reader Serge read the Third Hour in Slavonic, but the majority of the rest of the service was read and sung in English. Jonathan and Kevin joined Sergey singing beautifully to the Glory of God. The six pilgrims then set out to the Dokhiari Monastery where they once again met with Metropolitan Agapit and their Ukrainian friends.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 3

On the third day of their trip the pilgrims were blessed to rise early for 2:30am Matins and venerate the relics of St. George the Great Martyr on the feast of the Cathedral in Lydda, in which his body reposes. Shortly thereafter, the monks of the Great Lavra began the service of the Hours and then celebrated the Liturgy. The pilgrims then left on a short bus ride to the cell of St. Athanasius of Mt. Athos, the founder of monasticism on the Holy Mountain, and there, on a sheer cliff stretching high above the shimmering aquamarine sea, prayed a moleben beseeching the intercession of holy father Athanasius and the All-Holy Theotokos for the faithful to the Lord our God, commemorating the many prayer lists submitted by the faithful of Los Angeles. Completing their prayers and returning up from the cliffside, they were welcomed into the Romanian Skete of St. John the Baptist.

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