In the Cathedrals, monasteries and parishes of the Western American Diocese the First Week of Great Lent has passed with the chanting of the Canon of Repentance by Saint Andrew of Crete, a doubled reading of the Psalms of David, with fasting, prostrations and confession; and for many, the partaking of the Holy Mysteries of Christ.
The First Week of Great Lent is always concluded with the Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, while in cathedrals it is additionally completed by performing the Rite of Orthodoxy with the threefold singing of the Anathemas. This year the rite was performed in the Diocesan Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in San Francisco by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America and His Grace Bishop Theodosy of Seattle.
Rite of Orthodoxy performed by Archbishop Kyrill - 03/01/2015
Photos by Helen Nowak