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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_final day

As the final day crept into view, the pilgrims roused themselves for one final day of prayer and camaraderie on the Holy Mountain. Father Nazari left early, about 2:30 am, to attend Matins in the main Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel at Dokhiari. While he began his preparations to serve the Divine Liturgy, Reader Serge, Jonathan, and Kevin began practicing in order to sing the Liturgy. With the service of Hours about to come to a close the everyone congregated in a small chapel across from the miraculous icon of the Theotokos 'Quick to Hear' and began the service. The Liturgy was served in English, Slavonic, and Greek, Father Nazari was assisted by Protodeacon Alexander from St. Jonah of Kyiv Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine and the choir was aided by Father Parthenius and other monks.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 6

Monday morning, before dawn broke, the pilgrims attended services at the Church of St. Demitrius at the Xenaphon Monastery. Following the celebrations of Matins and the Divine Liturgy the monks sang a Canon to the Church’s patronal Saint. With a light breakfast in their stomachs the six travelers set out for Elder Eugene’s Skete not far from the main monastery. When they had arrived they were blessed to sing a brief molebin and then sat down for tea and light refreshments. The Skete houses ten brothers, and their kindness and generosity toward the pilgrims was truly remarkable. They were gifted with not only nourishment for their bodies but also with wise and grace-filled words of wisdom from Elder Eugene. He spoke at length regarding his experiences with America and his deep love for St. John of San Francisco and Shanghai.

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December 2017 - January 2018

December 3rd - Visit by Belorussian nuns

December 4th - 25th Anniversary of St. Barbara's monastery. The Feast of the Great Martyr Barbara (Gregorian calendar)

December 10th - BAKE SAKE, CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, LUNCHEON

December 12th - Church cleaning in preparation for Nativity

December 25th - NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND GOD JESUS CHRIST (Gregorian calendar)

January 6th - THEOPHANY: THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD (Gregorian calendar)

January 7th - NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND GOD JESUS CHRIST (Julian calendar)

January 7th - Parish Feast day "Yolka"

January 14th - Leavetaking of Theophany (Gregorian calendar)

January 14th - Nativity Carol COncert

January 19th - THEOPHANY: THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD AND GOD JESUS CHRIST (Julian calendar)

January 28th - Annual Parish meeting

 

 

December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I hope that the beginning of the Nativity Fast was joyous for all of us and we will use this time in prayer and repentance to prepare ourselves for joyous celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

As you know, with your holy prayer, accompanied with 3 of our parishioners, I have completed a 10-day pilgrimage to Mount Athos. These 10 days were filled with love and care for us by brethren of the Holy Mountain. We were given hospitality and possibility to serve in many monasteries and therefore we hope that we are able to bring some of this love and blessings to you, our dear brethren.

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December 2017

   Dear friends,

   To bring you up-to-date, the Security Camera project has now received $17,800.00 in donations.

   Thank you for your support.

Margaret Dascalu

 

December 2017

Church cleaning in preparation for Nativity is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, at 9:30 am. We would like to have both men and women attend. Many helping hands are needed to dust, polish, and clean all the items in the Church, including candle stands, chairs, and rugs. If you can spare a few hours of your time, it will be greatly appreciated. Lunch will be served.

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December 2017

Dear parishioners, I would like to let you know that the dead tree in the church front yard was cut down as it was old and about to fall down. 

Alla Bobrov

 

December 2017

Annual Slavic Festival – Our recent Slavic Festival was a great success!  This was due to everyone who worked to make it so. Thanks to all performers. We had a large crowd and everyone who attended had a wonderful time.  Let’s keep this up and make it even bigger and better next year!   Thanks to all.  

Bake Sale, Christmas Bazaar, Luncheon.  These events will be held on Sunday, December 10th, following the Divine Liturgy. 

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December 2017

Students and teachers of our Russian Saturday School confess and takes communion on December 16th, the last school day before Christmas holidays. On this day shortly after Liturgy, all students will be offered a potluck lunch prepared by parents.

Parish feast day "Yolka", prepared by our students, teachers and parents' committee, will be held on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 shortly after the morning Liturgy.

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December 2017

Dear parents and families,

The Sunday School year is under way and classes are growing and having fun learning about our Orthodox Faith.  Classes will meet in December on 12/10 and 12/17January classes will be held 1/14/18 and 1/28/18.  We are looking forward to seeing the children on those Sundays.

Old wall calendars

Don't know what to do with your old calendars?  The Sunday School will be happy to take your old calendars with pictures of icons, the saints, churches, and holy places. 

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July 2017

   It is with much disappointment that I inform you summer camp has been cancelled for this year.  I just received a message from Fr. Michael Anderson that he must cancel camp.

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October 2017

L.O.V.E.S. raffle will be held Oct. 8th after liturgy.  Come one, come all and support us.  1st prize will be $500, 2nd prize a silver tea set, and there are many more.

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December 2017

Father Nazari brought back from Moscow and Mount Athos many new things for the kiosk - icons, tryptychs, dyptychs, beautiful brocade covered folding cases with icons in them, Wedding icons, crosses, black leather cords for neck crosses, lampadas, both standing and hanging type, calendars in Russian, scented oils, charcoal, wicks and wick holders, incense and other. 

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December 2017

The children's choir will continue to have rehearsal after Saturday school from 3:00-4:15, and they will sing in church during Liturgy on December 3, December 24, and January 14. They will also sing in the Christmas program at the concert on January 14.

September 2017

Cathedral Children’s Choir

We are glad to inform you that this year we started Cathedral Children’s Choir at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral which is open to all singers from 5-17. 
The repertoire will be in both English and Church Slavonic, but English transliterations will be provided for all Slavonic music.
Rehearsals will be held every Saturday afternoon from 3:15-4:30pm immediately following Saturday School.

Registration information can be submitted at any time via email to Zoe Turton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and hard copies of registration forms can be submitted to Zoe Turton or Ganna Semenova on Saturdays.

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