The Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts is performed exclusively during Great Lent and in most cases in the morning according today’s practice in the Russian Orthodox Church. However, for the first time in the history of the New Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in San Francisco, CA, this Liturgy is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
The author of the Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts is our Father among the Saints Holy Hierarch Gregory the Dialogist (+ 604). Nonetheless preceeding his era, this Liturgy “was established in even earlier times by the successors of the Apostles, which is proven by the prayers and ancient tradition. For that reason we believe, that its origins are Apostolic and was established for use during Great Lent…” (Novaya Skrizhal, 'New Tablet' in Russian, St. Petersburg, 1908, page 265).
This event in the history of the diocesan cathedral is timed with the Lenten pastoral retreat of the clergy of the Western American Diocese. His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill is scheduled to preside amidst the multitude of diocesan clergy. The Archbishop’s choir under the direction of the choir conductor, Reader Vladimir Krassovsky, will perform the hymns.
Schedule for March 30, 2016:
4:30 pm: Rule before Holy Communion
5:45 pm: “Entrance Prayers” and the vesting of the bishop
6:00 pm: Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts