Palm Sunday 2017

On April 8th-9th our Parish was again blessed with Archpastoral visit of our ruling Hierarch Most Rev. Benjamin Archbishop of San Francisco and the West.

Hi Eminence presided over Festive Vigil and blessed almost 100 people with palms and pussy willows.

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On Wednesday April 5th the Sacrament of the Holy Unction was served at our parish.

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On Wednesday April 5th at 7 pm the Sacrament of Holy Unction will be served at our Church. Everyone is invited! The Holy Church has established this sacrament based on the Epistle of Holy Apostle James 5: 14-15:  “14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven”.

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Bearing of our own cross

Each and every one of us are bearing its own cross, only by carrying our cross we can gain freedom from our sins. It is the only way in to The Kingdom of Christ. Our suffering is our sacrifice to God, it is the potential of our own spiritual renewal and salvation.
In one of his homilies St. John Chrysostom said: " The Kingdom of Heaven can be achieved only by bearing of our own cross".

First week of Great Lent

With God’s help the first week of Great Lent was successful and rich in prayers.

Services of the First week of Great Lent are so beautiful. Hours with vespers in the morning and last part of Great Canon in the evening, so deep and moving.

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The wonderworking icon of the Mother Of God

Please see the photos of the wonderworking icon of the Mother Of God "Abbess of Mount Athos" following the link to our photo gallery:

Wonderworking icon of the Mother Of God "Abbess of Mount Athos"

Veneration of the Icon and Akathist hymn to the Mother Abbess of Mount Athos


Interview with 'Golos Ameriki' on October 24th, 2016

Russian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, interview with 'Golos Ameriki' on October 24th, 2016: russian-church-in-la/3564479. html

Patronal Feast Day

On February 4th and 5th our Cathedral celebrated its Patronal Feast Day dedicated to wonderworking icon of All Holly Theotokos “Rescuer of the Perishing”. His Eminence Benjamin Archbishop of San Francisco and the West presided over Vigil on Saturday night and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. On Sunday morning Vladyka was greeted with bread and salt at the entrance of the cathedral by Parish Warden (Starosta) Leo Gregory and Parish Rector Archpriest Nazari Polataiko, Archpriest Arkady Mironko, Archpriest Gregory Winsky, Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov and Protodeacon Arkady Voloshchuk.

Before the beginning of the Divine Litirgy His Eminence ordained Reader Peter Winsky to subdeacon.

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The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ

On 19th of January we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Julian calendar. According to the Scripture, when Christ was baptized: “He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from heaven saying This is my beloved Son” (Matthew 3,17).
Many parishioner and visitors of Holy The Holy Virgin Mary Russian Cathedral, gathered at their parish temple to celebrate the feast day of Theophany of our Lord on Julian calendar. Archpriest Nazari Polataiko, rector of the parish, led the services of the feast day.

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Blessing of homes

Dear parishioners, as we are in house blessing season and I am visiting some of you for home blessing I found small article on significance of this beautiful tradition. Please follow the link.

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Nativity by the Gregorian calendar 2016

4th-25th Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral celebrated Nativity according to Gregorian calendar. Days before in preparation for festivities the Temple was decorated with flowers anOn December 2d Christmas trees. Sisterhood prepared kutiya and kompot, baked goods and sweets for Divine services celebration. At the end of the Nativity Vigil service cathedral choir under direction of Reader Sergey Liberovsky glorified newly born Christ with traditional Nativity Carols which was continued to be sung in the Parish Hall both after Vigil and Divine Liturgy next morning.During Divine Liturgy cathedral Rector Archpriest Nazari Polataiko read Nativity message of His Beatitude Most Blessed Tikhon Archbishop of Washington Metropolitan of All America and Canada.

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Feast Day of St.Catherine the Great Martyr at Representation of Orthodox Church in America

Feast Day of St.Catherine

On Wednesday, December 7th at Representation of the Orthodox Church in America to the Moscow Patriarchate held a solemn feast day in honor of the memory of St.Catherine the Great Martyr patroness of the parish.

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The meeting of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church with His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada

His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada at his residence in Moscow’s Danilov Monastery.  Metropolitan Tikhon arrived in Russia to participate in the celebration of His Holiness’s 70th birthday. 

Metropolitan Tikhon was accompanied by members of the delegation: Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa, Archimandrite Gerasim (Eliel), Archpriest Nazari Polataiko, Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Roman Ostash and chancellor of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York Archpriest Chad Hatfield.
The Russian Orthodox Church was represented by the chairman of the Church Communications Department of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the United States Bishop John of  Naro-Fominsk, vice-chairman of DECR Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, and DECR staff member D. Petrovsky.

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Father Nazari's trip to Mount Athos

November 1. Today we left the main land of Greece and arrived on the Holy Mountain. Group about 45 people. Metropolitan Onufry blessed me to go with a group of about 20 people to the Greek monastery. And we will be gathering together every day to travel around Holy Mountain but for the first two days we will stay, pray and eat in different places. Our group was picked up by monks from Dohiar monastery. Geronda Gregory was working so we went to see him at the Olive Garden where he spent some time with us and blessed us to rest before vespers. After vespers and supper, an Akathist before the icon of All Holy Theotokos "Quick to Hear "was served followed by conversation with Geronda about almost everything on Earth. In the end my friends asked for the blessings for me serve Divine Liturgy tomorrow morning.

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April - May 2017

April 30th – concert dedicated to the music and poetry of P.I. Tchaikovsky


May 24th  – Leave of Pascha

May 25th  – ASCENSION      


June 5th -  HOLY SPIRIT DAY. Sisterhood Patronal Feast day

June 10th - Saturday School Commencement ceremony

May - June 2017


Dear brothers and sisters,
Once again, I take this opportunity to greet you on the occasion of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and on the coming holidays: the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Pentecost.
I want to thank everyone who took part in cleaning and decorating of our Temple for our Paschal celebration.
I express my gratitude to the Parish Council for organizing the Paschal breakfast, and all the donors for their financial assistance to our parish.

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April 2017

Dear brothers and sisters,

Once more we are blessed to celebrate a glorious day: the Resurrection of our Lord – Holy Pascha. Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a celebration of our own resurrection from a death of sin to life eternal.

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March 2017

Dear brothers and sisters,
I send you my cordial greetings on the occasion of the beginning of Great Lent.

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February 2017

Dear brothers and sisters,
Nativity celebrations are over, we had our Annual Parish meeting and with God's help we started a new year. I hope that all of you had a chance to see my annual report (which you can find on our parish website

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