Los Angeles to Host Fall Pastoral Conference
[November 8, 2007] The Transfiguration Cathedral, jointly with the Holy Protection parish in Los Angeles, is preparing for the upcoming four day fall Pastoral Conference of the clergy of the Western American Diocese. The Conference dates are November 12-15.
The 10th Anniversary of Brother Jose's Repose is Marked in San Francisco
[October 31, 2007] The 10th anniversary of Brother Jose Munoz's repose was solemnly marked at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco. Brother Jose was the keeper of the Montreal Iveron Myrrhstreaming Icon of the Theotokos. The Panikhida for Br. Jose was served by the Cathedral Dean, Archpriest Peter Perekrestov, Archpriest Serge Kotar and the Rector of San Francisco's Kazan Church, Hieromonk Juvenal. The responses were sung by the Cathedral parishioners and students of St. John's Academy. Br. Jose's sister, Angelina Munoz, was also present at the service. In his homily, Father Peter said that the blood of martyrs is the "seed" of the Church. Although at the present time there is no open mass persecution of Christians in Russia or the West, nevertheless all of us have an opportunity to be, if not martyrs, at least confessors for the faith of Christ. The Lord has also seen fit to allow our generation of Christians to have martyrs of its own. It is without a doubt that the blood of murdered Orthodox Christians such as Archimandrite Philoumenos in the Holy Land, Hieromonk Vasily and the two Optina monks in Russia and Brother Jose in the West, is today’s "seed", which is ripening and will produce a harvest in Christ's Vineyard.
The First Annual St. Herman's West Orthodox Youth Conference to be Held on Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest
[October 30, 2007] With the blessing of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western-America, the First Annual St. Herman's West Youth Conference is being organized by the Diocesan Youth Department under the chairmanship of Priest Boris Henderson.
Annual Memorial Service on Mare Island Scheduled
[October 28, 2007] On November 3, Demetrius' Saturday (Commemoration of the Dead), the 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.
Ordination in Palo Alto
[October 27, 2007] On Sunday, October 27, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Protection Church in Palo Alto (California). He was accompanied by Holy Virgin Cathedral's (San Francisco) protodeacon, Father Nikolai Triantafillidis.
Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff at the Moscow Theological Academy
[October 22, 2007] Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff, a clergyman of the Western American Diocese, and the rector of the Transfiguration Cathedral in Los Angeles, took part in the feastday of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary (Protection of the Mother of God) and in honoring the Rector of the Moscow Theological schools, Archbishop Evgeny of Verey, on the occasion of his 50th birthday. The liturgy on October 14 was celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Alexey at the Protection Academy Church. Later in the day, a solemn convocation was held at which His Holiness greeted Archbishop Evgeny and bestowed upon him the Order of St. Daniel, second class, for his labors in the field of theological education, as well as his work on the joint committee on talks with the Russian Church Abroad. Father Alexander Lebedeff greeted Vladika Evgeny on behalf of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad. Archbishop Evgeny has visited the Western American Diocese twice, the last time in September 2007, with the "Reigning" Icon.
Russian Patriarchate Choir to Perform in California
[October 18, 2007] The acclaimed expressive, bass-heavy sound of the 13 member, all-male a cappella Russian Patriarchate Choir (under the direction of Anatoly Gridnenko) will make its California debut in October. Following its critically acclaimed, sold-out engagement at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2005, this ensemble will perform in UCLA's Royce Hall (October 22), the Orange County Performing Arts Center (October 24) and Berkeley's First Congregational Church (October 26).
Metropolitan Laurus Blesses New Bells in Seattle
[October 10, 2007] On Sunday, October 7, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle, Washington. The responses at the service were sung by the participants of the XX Annual Church Singer Conference.
Myrrhstreaming Icon of Saint Anna to Make Its First Visit to San Francisco
[October 3, 2007] On Wednesday, October 17, the Myrrhstreaming Icon of the Righteous Anna will be in San Francisco for one day. The greeting of the Icon is scheduled that day for 7:00 PM, at the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral (6210 Geary Boulevard) in San Francisco. A Molieben (Service of Intercession) with Akathist will be served immediately after the greeting of the Icon.
News From the Pacific Northwest
[September 26, 2007] On Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America served at the Saint Silouan of Mount Athos Church in Walla Walla, Washington, on the occasion of its upcoming parish feastday. At the Divine Liturgy Vladika Kyrill ordained Reader Innocent Philo to the rank of deacon.