The Second Anniversary of Metropolitan Laurus' Blessed Repose is Marked in San Francisco

[March 17, 2010] The second anniversary of the repose of His Eminence, the evermemorable Metropolitan Laurus' repose fell on Tuesday, March 16. Metropolitan Laurus was the fifth First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and conqueror of the division in the Russian Church.

A solemn Requiem Service was served at San Francisco's Holy Virgin Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral. Following the Panikhida, the San Francisco premiere of a new film about Metropolitan Laurus: "God's Shine in the Eyes" took place in the cathedral hall.

Western American Diocese Represented at Russian Patriarch's Jubilee

[March 15, 2010] On March 14, the day of his 34th episcopal ordination anniversary, His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All-Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Moscow's Danilov Monastery. Among his concelebrants was Archpriest Peter Perekrestov, Secretary of the Western American Diocese. Archpriest Peter greeted His Holiness on the occasion the Patriarch's ordination anniversary on behalf of Archbishop Kyrill, Bishop Theodosy and the clergy and faithful of the Western American Diocese. Father Peter was in Moscow for a meeting of one of the committees of the Inter-Conciliar Standing Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church and in regards to a joint publication project together with the Publishing House of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Tonsure and Ordination in the Diocese

[March 14, 2010] On Monday, March 8, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America tonsured Deacon Matthew Steenberg to the monastic state at St. Tikhon's Church in San Francisco. The new hierodeacon received the name of Irenei after St. Ireneius of Lyon. On Sunday, March 14, Hierodeacon Irenei was ordained to the priesthood at the Holy Virgin Cathedral. Besides his duties as principal of St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, Father Irenei is assigned to help Bishop Theodosy at St. Tikohn's Church as well as continuing his academic work in the field of theological studies.

Holy Virgin Cathedral to Hold Fourth Annual Retreat on Sunday, March 21

[March 7, 2010] With the blessing of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, the Holy Virgin Cathedral will be hosting its fourth annual Orthodox Lenten Retreat on Sunday, March 21.

The program begins with the Divine Liturgy (in English) at 7:30 a.m. Following breakfast, special guest speaker Archpriest Patrick Reardon of All Saints Church in Chicago (Antiochian Christian Archdiocese), well-known author and senior editor of "Touchstone" magazine, will present two lectures: "Holy Scripture and the Life of Prayer" and "The Evangelization of America." The retreat will include an open forum for questions and answers, meals and a guided tour of the Cathedral, including the shrine of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Vespers start at 5:30 p.m. followed by informal fellowship in the cathedral hall.

For a complete schedule, to register or for additional information see the Lenten Retreat site.

Diocesan Council Holds Regular Meeting

[March 1, 2010] On Thursday, February 25, 2010 the Diocesan Council (clergy and laity) met at the Diocesan Administration for a regular session. Following the opening prayer Archbishop Kyrill told those gathered about his January trip to Moscow and showed the members of the Diocesan Council the Order of St. Innocent he received. The greater part of the meeting was devoted to organizational matters concerning the upcoming (Fall 2010) Diocesan Assembly. At the end of the meeting Archbishop Kyrill announced that he and Bishop Theodosy plan to take part in the first gathering of all the canonical bishops of North America, an Assembly of Bishops of the Holy Orthodox Church in the Americas that will have both the authority and methodology to effectuate real progress in the establishment of canonical Church order in the Americas. The Assembly will meet in New York at the end of May. The next meeting of the Diocesan Council is scheduled for June 10, 2010.

Around the Diocese: Choir News

[February 28, 2010] Archbishop Kyrill marked his namesday on Friday evening, February 26, by celebrating the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts together with Bishop Theodosy, Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko and diocesan clergy at the Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame. The full parish choir (40 singers), directed by Andrei Roudenko, sang the service.

With the blessing of Archbishop Kyrill once a month the Saturday evening Vigils at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco will be sung antiphonally by a men's and woman's "kliros" choirs. The first such service was chanted on Saturday, February 27.

A member of the Holy New Martyrs Church choir in Mulino, Michael Veter, has typeset the Annunciation Canon in digital format (in Church Slavonic), so it can be sung this year during Bright Week according to the Paschal ordo.

San Francisco to Host Western American Diocese Clergy Lenten Retreat

[February 24, 2010] With the blessing of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America the lenten gathering of clergy of the Western American Diocese will convene at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco on Monday, March 8 and close with the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday, March 10. The schedule of the Western American Diocese Lenten Clergy Retreat has been updated:

Monday, March 8
1:00 pm: Opening Molieben.
1:30 pm: Opening remarks by Archbishop Kyrill.
1:45 pm: Deacon Matthew Steenberg: "Does God Cause Earthquakes?"
2:45 pm: Questions and discussion.
4:00 pm: Break.
5:00 pm: Compline, Matins, 1st Hour.
7:45 pm: Dinner. ...more

Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff Takes Part in the First Meeting of the Inter-Conciliar Standing Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church

image[January 30, 2010] On January 29, 2010 Archpriest Alexander Lebedeff, a clergyman of the Western American Diocese and member of the Russian Orthodox Church's Inter-Conciliar Standing Conference, took part in the first meeting of the Conference in Moscow. The meeting was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All-Russia. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized that this meeting is historical in nature inasmuch no other Local Church has such a discussion forum of bishops, priests, monastics and lay members. At this first meeting thirteen committes of the Conference were ratified, as well as their makeup.

The Myrrh-Streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icon to Visit San Francisco

image[January 25, 2010] The newly-revealed Iveron Myrrhstreaming Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii will be at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco, California (6210 Geary Boulevard), on Saturday, January 30. The greeting of the Myrrh-Streaming Hawaiian-Iveron Icon is scheduled for 6:00 pm followed by the All-Night Vigil. The Myrrhstreaming Icon will be in San Francisco just for that one evening and will remain in the church throughout the service.


[January 20, 2010] At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of our Lord's Nativity at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill awarded the cathedral Protodeacon Nicholas Triantaffilidis the purple kamilavka.

The Lenten Western American Diocese Pastoral Conference is scheduled for March 8-10 at the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco.

Archbishop Kyrill has received Deacon Dr. Matthew Steenberg into the ranks of clergy of the Western American Diocese from the Diocese of Sourozh. Father Matthew is assigned to the St. Tikohon's Church in San Francisco and as the new principal of St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy in San Francisco.

On December 20, 2009 at the Divine Liturgy at the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Archbishop Kyrill ordained a member of the monastic brotherhood, Hierodeacon Paul, to the priesthood.

Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America and Bishop Theodosy of Seattle have left for Russia to take part in a Bishop meeting and the services on the occassion of the first anniversary of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill's enthronement as Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia (February 1-2). While in Moscow Archbishop Kyrill will receive the Second Order of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomensk.

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