Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

   By God's mercy, we celebrated the feasts of the Nativity of Christ and the Epiphany. January was very busy in connection with celebrating these great holidays.

   I want to thank everyone who participated in preparing for the celebration of these holidays. First of all, I want to thank Margaret Dascalu, Marie McEntire, Marina Smetanina and all those who once again beautifully  decorated our temple with flowers. I want to thank our reader Serge Liberovsky and the choir members for singing and carols; Katya Solovskaya and Maria Goncharova, Irina Usova with a team of teachers and all our children, for the Nativity play.

   God bless us all!

   At the end of this month, we also held our annual general parish meeting. I really ask everyone to carefully read the reports of the parish council members for 2018 and urge everyone to become more actively involved in the work of the committees and organizations of our parish.

   Dear brothers and sisters, we are well acquainted with the proverb “One is not a warrior in the field,” and as I noted in my annual report, the keywords of a successfully completed project are “WE, US, TOGETHER.”

   It comes as no surprise that the Divine Liturgy, in accordance with the teachings of the Orthodox Church, is considered to be a joint activity, since common prayer is much more power than personal prayer, so our participation in the life of our spiritual family is much more efficient and productive not only for the well-being of our parish, but first of all, for the salvation of our souls: “Be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us.…” (John 17:21)

   In 4 years we will celebrate Centennial of this, the first Russian Orthodox parish in Southern California. And since this is my first appeal to you after the election of a new Parish Council, I ask you all to get involved in preparing the celebration of this great anniversary.

   I appeal to everyone, because I know that these four years will fly like a single day, and I don’t want anyone from our God-beloved family of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles to feel that they did not take part, did not play any, even the smallest role in the preparation for this joyful event. The Lord has rewarded all of us with talents, and I ask you not to bury these talents, but to use them, so that you may hear with joy the words of our Lord, “Good and faithful servant! In small things you were faithful - I will set you over many things; enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matt. 25:23)

   God save us!

 Archpriest Nazari Polataiko