AROUND THE DIOCESE: November 2012
[December 1, 2012] On November 6, the feast of the icon of the Theotokos "Joy of All Who Sorrow" at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, Deacon George Chrebtow was awarded the double orarion.
50th Anniversary of St. John (Maximovtch's) Arrival in San Francisco
[November 30, 2012] On Sunday, December 9, the Holy Virgin Cathedral will mark the 50th anniversary of St. John (Maximovitch's) arrival to San Francisco as the ruling bishop of the Western American Diocese. The early Liturgy will be served at the cathedral (6201 Geary Boulevard) at 7:30 am, the late service at 9:45 am. His Grace, Bishop Theodosy of Seattle, will celebrate the early Liturgy.
Precious Cross of Christ with a Drop of His Blood to Visit San Francisco
[November 28, 2012] Father Ioannis Maridakis, a priest from the parish of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the town of Galata on the island of Crete, will bring a metal cross with a piece of the Precious Cross of Christ and a drop of His Blood to the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco (6210 Geary Boulevard) this upcoming weekend. Fr. Ioannis and the cross wll be at the cathedral on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am to the end of the Vigil (around 8:45 pm) and Sunday, December 2 at both the early and late Liturgies. The cross was given to Fr. Ioannis in September of 2003 by Maria Panou, the mother of the current representative of the Holy Sepulcher in Athens, who in turn received this cross from Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem. In the last several years hundreds of people were healed from various illnesses, including cancer and infertility, upon venerating and praying before this cross.
The Sixth Annual St. Herman's West Youth Conference to be Held in Seattle
St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco to Visit 10 Dioceses of the Church in Russia
[November 16, 2012] With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia and His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) a reliquary with a relic of St. John, Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco will be taken to 10 dioceses of Central Russia. The project is part of the international youth program "Spiritual Connection" and begins on November 16. The holy relics will be taken to the following cities: Ivanovo (November 16-18), Riazan (November 19-21), Tula (November 22-24), Kaluga (November 25-27), Briansk (November 28-30), Kursk (December 1-2), Belgorod (December 4-6), Voronezh (December 7-9), Lipetsk (December 10-12) and Tambov (December 13-15). Numerous educational events are planned in every city the relics of St. John visit.
Prayers Offered Before St. John's Relics for the Work of the 17th All-American Council
[November 12, 2012] On Monday, November 12, a Service of Intercession (Molieben) to St. John, the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco was served before his holy relics by the dean of Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, Archpriest Peter Perekrestov. Special prayers were offered for the retired Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Jonah, the Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See, Archbishop Nathaniel, the Administrator of the OCA, Bishop Michael and the participants of the Orthodox Church in America's 17th All-American Council. The election of a new Metropolitan of All America and Canada is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 in Parma, Ohio.
80th Anniversary of the Hollywood Branch of the Aid to Russian Children Society Marked in Los Angeles
[November 11, 2012] On Sunday, November 11 the 80th anniversary of the Hollywood branch of the Aid to Russian Children Society was marked in Los Angeles. The branch was founded in 1932 by L. Golitzin and A. Kitaeva. The celebration was attended by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western American, Southern Deanery clergy and representatives of Los Angeles' Orthodox community. Archbishop Kyrill spoke about the Christian ministry of helping the needy and sacrifice, while Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff (Transfiguration Cathedral) emphasized the importance of remembering the founders of the L-A branch of the Society and the continuation of their work. At the present time the Society is working together with the Russian Benevolent Foundation: "Health of the Motherland."
Diocesan Council Holds Fall Meeting
[November 2, 2012] On September 25, 2012 the Diocesan Council (clergy and laity) met at the Diocesan Administration for its fall session. The meeting began with a prayer and Archbishop Kyrill's report. Archbishop Kyrill spoke about two upcoming parish jubilees in the diocese: St. Martin the Merciful Church’s 10th anniversary on October 25, 2012 (Corvallis, Oregon) and the 75th anniversary of the consecration of St. Nicholas Cathedral on December 19, 2012 (Seattle, Washington). The fall clergy retreat will culminate with the celebration in Corvallis. The Archbishop also announced to the council members that a long-time teacher at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, Sergei Kiriukhin, will be moving to the West Coast, ordained to the priesthood and assigned to a parish in the diocese. ...more
AROUND THE DIOCESE: October 2012
[November 1, 2012] On October 18 Bishop Theodosy of Seattle and Archpriest Serge Kotar blessed the newly-reconstructed windmill at Fort Ross. The windmill is a copy of the 1814 version and was built by craftsmen in Vologda, Russia and then transported and assembled in California.
Memorial Service on Mare Island Scheduled for November 10
[October 31, 2012] On Saturday, November 10 a memorial service for the eight Russian Orthodox sailors who died in 1863 and 1905 and were buried on Mare Island (near Vallejo, California), will be served at 11:30 AM. Clergy of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad will take part in this annual Panikhida, as well as officials of the Russian Federation and representatives of various Bay Area Russian organizations.