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,

+Tikhon
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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06.25.2019 On the feast day of St. Onuphrius the Great the anniversary of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was celebrated in Kyiv

06.25.2019 With the blessing and on behalf of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Rector of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral Archpriest Nazari Polataiko delivered greetings to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine on the occasion of the jubilee celebration of His Beatitude's 5th anniversary as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and 75th birthday, both of which were marked today in Kyiv on the feast of His Beatitude's heavenly patron, Venerable Onufry the Great. May God grant His Beatitude many years!

05.21.2019 Diocese of the West clergy retreat May 21-23

May 21-23 Spring session at Pasadena , Diocese of the West clergy retreat presided by His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin together with His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa.

28.04.2019 THE BRIGHT RESURRECTION OF CHRIST - PASCHA

 

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04.21.2019 The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem -Palm Sunday

On Sunday the April 21st His Eminence Benjamin Archbishop of San-Francisco and the West headed the Divine Liturgy and All-Night Vigil office with Lity on the eve of the Feast at Holy Virgin Mary Orthodox Cathedral of Los Angeles. He was joined by the dean of the Parish - Archpriest Nazar Polataiko, Hieromonk Nikon (Kashkovalov), Protodeacon Arkadiy Voloshchuk, Deacon Kirill Dotsenko. 

After the reading of the Holy Gospel His Eminence preached a sermon:

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03/17/2019 Sunday of Orthodoxy at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral

03/17/2019 The clergy of Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Los Angeles served the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy and St.Patrick's Feast Day the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland.

The divine service was sung by the HVM choir under the direction of Serge Liberovsky.

 

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03/15/2019 Liturgy of the Presactified Gifts at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is an evening service. It is the solemn lenten Vespers with the administration of Holy Communion added to it. There is no consecration of the eucharistic gifts at the presanctified liturgy. Holy Communion is given from the eucharistic gifts sanctified on the previous Sunday at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, unless, of course, the feast of the Annunciation should intervene; hence its name of “presanctified.”

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is served on Wednesday and Friday evenings, although some churches may celebrate it only on one of these days. It comes in the evening after a day of spiritual preparation and total abstinence. The faithful who are unable to make the effort of total fasting because of weakness or work, however, normally eat a light lenten meal in the early morning.

 

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03/12/2019 the Great Canon of Repentance of St. Andrew of Crete.

On Monday evening of the first week of the Great Lent, the clergy of Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral served Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon of Repentance of St. Andrew of Crete.

The divine service was sung by the HVM choir under the direction of Serge Liberovsky.

At the end of the service, Fr. Nazari addressed the flock with a sermon, recalling that the reading of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete should lead of each of our souls to repentance.

Thinking over the meaning of the great penitential Canon, we must remember that the Lord raised man to an unprecedented height. Nevertheless through beguilement, man was tempted by sin, prompting us to renounce divine love, to depart to the "land far away", as in the parable of the prodigal son. Dear brothers and sisters, may today's reflections and prayers remind us of the high dignity of the personhood given by the Lord and manifested in each of us. Let us perceive sin as an act against divine love and a distortion of the image and likeness of God. Let us each strive to acquire the penitential spirit that permeates the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. Let us furthermore push ourselves to study the Holy Scriptures and make time to examine more closely the liturgical texts sung and read at each service. Then our participation in the services will become meaningful, then prayer will be quite different and it will not be painful to stay in the temple of God for long Lenten services!

 

ANNUAL REPORTS FOR 2018

Rector’s Informational Report 
Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral General Parish Meeting. 
Los Angeles, CA

2018

 

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

By God’s grace, it is again my honor to present you my annual report of activities, in reference to the flock under my pastoral care, as the Rector of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, CA, for the year 2018.

2018 was my third full year as the Rector of our God-beloved Cathedral.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your prayers, assistance and support in my service. First of all, I’d like to thank our Parish Council and our Starosta/Warden Mrs. Alla Bobrov. These people are true servants of the Holy Church of our Lord, who tirelessly work for the glory and growth of our parish community, they are examples not only in leadership but foremost in personal sacrificial labor and love for our spiritual flock. Thank you for all you have done this past year, and I hope you will continue to assist me in your respective positions in coming year as well.

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Panikhida for those who served in World War I

   On December 2nd, 2018 in Los Angeles, a panikhida was served for Russian soldiers who served  in WWI by the initiative of the parishioners of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Russian public organizations: the Russian Imperial Union of the Order, Russian Children’s Welfare Society, the Nizhny Novgorod Scout Group, the local department of the Russian Nobiliary Assembly, the Congress of Russian Americans, and St. John of Kronstadt Home. The panikhida was served by the rector of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, Archpriest Nazari Polataiko. During the panikihida, Cossacks and members of all military organizations that existed in Los Angeles were commemorated along with Russian soldiers, in particular, the Cossack-mountain village and the Gallipoli Society, many of whom were the founders and parishioners of our Cathedral. Parishioners and representatives of all the above-mentioned public organizations gathered next to the monument to the Russian veterans of the World War I, which is located at the church premises. American and Russian Empire flags were installed at the monument, which was established after the closure of the Society of Russian Veterans in Los Angeles.*

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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

 

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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

09.26.2018
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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.

HELP WANTED!

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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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PIANO COMPETITION

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

https://www.globalmusicalbridges.com/international-youth-piano-competiti

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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