Russian Saturday School Commencement concert 2017

Russian Saturday School Commencement concert with the rewarding of the best students was held on June10th. We would like to thank our students, teachers and parents who participated in this beautiful and deeply touching rendition of the life story of the last Imperial Romanov family.

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Holy Spirit Day – Annual Sisterhood Celebration

On the day of the Holy Spirit, Monday June 5th, the Sisterhood of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral celebrated their Patronal Feast Day. This is an annual celebration which originated in 1934.

On the morning of the Feast Day, many of the Sisterhood members attended Divine Liturgy and partook of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. In the evening the Rector of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Father Nazari Polataiko, celebrated a moleben to the Holy Trinity, before the icon of the Holy Trinity which was written for the Sisterhood many years ago. 

Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerald) attended the moleben and prayed in the Altar.

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Leonid Gregory_funeral service May 13th, 2017

Every time when we have contact with the mystery of the death -especially the departure from this life of our close ones - many questions arise in our minds: "Why now?"  "Why him (or her)?"  "Why, why, why?"

In this way we show the protest of our soul against something unnatural to humanity, something contrary to our nature, which became an unchanging facet of human life, and we protest death.

This is also proof of the fact that our life in its totality is fully known only to God, and we should together with Apostle Paul cry out “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out!”

And really the ways of God's wisdom are beyond our comprehension. Why? Some are rich and others are poor, one is really healthy and another is not, one is given a chance to see his great grandchildren and other is called to eternal life early.

Leo was blessed with many long years. He was a source of blessing and grace, he was an example, a source of encouragement and inspiration.

 

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Tchaikovsky Concert 2017

On April 30, 2017, we organized one more concert from Micheltorena Concert SeriesThe performance was dedicated to "The Seasons " by P.I. Tchaikovsky, and included, in addition to the performance of piano pieces, classical recitation, acting sketches and dance in avant-garde style, conveying the lyrical mood of the characteristic plays. Our parish choir opened the concert with the Paschal troparion and Tchaikovsky's Holy God, and performed magnificently. Marilya Shcherbakova performed on the piano, Andrey Kalugin presented dance and acting sketches, and Ganna Semenova gave recitation and acting sketches, and all were spectacular. Especially for the concert, our parishioner Gedda Ilves translated and recited Tchaikovsky's poems.

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PASCHA 2017

On behalf of the clergy and the faithful of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral, we wish one and all a most joyful and blessed celebration and feast of the Holy Pascha of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

This year our community celebrated Pascha on Sunday April 16th. More than 1000 people came to join us in our celebration and to bless their Paschal baskets. Divine services were joyous and colorful.  Our  Sisterhood and flower ladies  decorated the Temple in preparation for this exuberant celebration.

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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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HOLY UNCTION SERVICE APRIL 5TH

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

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HOLY UNCTION SERVICE

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

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=jMDsiTaLyic

 

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

Russian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, interview with 'Golos Ameriki' on October 24th, 2016:

http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/a/ 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.
English: https://orthodoxwiki.org/Blessing_of_homes

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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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