Parish Feast Day

   According to custom, our ruling Archpastor, His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin, blessed us with his visit to celebrate the feast day of our cathedral Holy Virgin Mary "Rescuer of the Perishing," which takes place every year on the Sunday closest to this holiday. Vladyka arrived in our temple on Saturday before the beginning of the all-night vigil. Many parishioners were already waiting for the arrival of our spiritual father, praying in the temple.

   Other priests also came to celebrate our parish feast day: a friend of our parish - the rector of St. Clement’s Church in Moscow, Archpriest Leonid Kalinin and the former rector of our cathedral, Archpriest Nicolas Boldireff.

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Visit of the Myrrh-streaming Icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts"

  On February 1st, on the eve of the Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple (Gregorian calendar), during the All-Night Vigil, a myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts" arrived in our God-saved temple. The church was filled with divine grace, which came from the myrrh-streaming icon in response to the numerous prayers of our parishioners, although this visit was spontaneous and organized just a few days before the arrival of the shrine to Los Angeles. About 100 parishioners came on Thursday evening to venerate the icon of the Mother of God and receive anointing with oil miraculously poured out by the icon of the Holy Theotokos.

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Nativity 2017

On December 24th- 25th Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral celebrated Nativity according to the Gregorian calendar, the Eve of which this year fell on Sunday. Several days before, our flower ladies started spending countless hours in preparation for festivities. After Divine Liturgy on Sunday December 24th the Temple was decorated with flowers and Christmas trees. The Sisterhood prepared kutiya and kompot, baked goods and sweets for after the Divine services celebration. At the end of the Nativity Vigil service the cathedral choir under the direction of Reader Serge Liberovsky glorified the newly born Christ with traditional Nativity Carols which continued to be sung in the Parish Hall, both after Vigil and Divine Liturgy the next morning.  During Divine Liturgy cathedral Rector Archpriest Nazari Polataiko read the English version of the Nativity message of His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada.

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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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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 5

On the fifth day, the pilgrims awoke at the St. Panteleimon Monastery and attended Matins at one of the Churches dedicated to the Great Unmercenary Healer. Reading from the kliros was His Beatitude Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine. The Primate of the Ukrainian Church was on the Holy Mountain on the occasion of his birthday, and the Theotokos blessed the six pilgrims to attend the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Protection Church of the Starorussikon. Concelebrating with His Beatitude, were Metropolitan Anthony, Metropolitan Meletiy, and Bishop Yevseviy. Father Nazari was blessed to be among the celebrating clergy, and our Reader Serge sang with the monastic choir.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 4

The All-Holy Theotokos blessed the pilgrims to open their fourth day on the Holy Mountain by serving Liturgy at the Skete of St. John the Russian. With His Grace Diodore Auxiliary Bishop of Odessa diocese presiding from the Throne, Father Nazari concelebrated with another priest from Odessa diocese of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Reader Serge read the Third Hour in Slavonic, but the majority of the rest of the service was read and sung in English. Jonathan and Kevin joined Sergey singing beautifully to the Glory of God. The six pilgrims then set out to the Dokhiari Monastery where they once again met with Metropolitan Agapit and their Ukrainian friends.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 3

On the third day of their trip the pilgrims were blessed to rise early for 2:30am Matins and venerate the relics of St. George the Great Martyr on the feast of the Cathedral in Lydda, in which his body reposes. Shortly thereafter, the monks of the Great Lavra began the service of the Hours and then celebrated the Liturgy. The pilgrims then left on a short bus ride to the cell of St. Athanasius of Mt. Athos, the founder of monasticism on the Holy Mountain, and there, on a sheer cliff stretching high above the shimmering aquamarine sea, prayed a moleben beseeching the intercession of holy father Athanasius and the All-Holy Theotokos for the faithful to the Lord our God, commemorating the many prayer lists submitted by the faithful of Los Angeles. Completing their prayers and returning up from the cliffside, they were welcomed into the Romanian Skete of St. John the Baptist.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 2

Hours for Hierarchal Liturgy began at 6 AM in the Church dedicated to the Presentation of the Theotokos at the St. Pavlos Monastery, and the pilgrims woke eagerly to attend the services. Following the Liturgy they quickly departed in order to meet with Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and All Ukraine at the Iveron Monastery. They joyfully met with His Beatitude and joined him in venerating a treasury of relics. Having departed from Vladyka's company they continued on to a small chapel at the monastery where the wonderworking Iveron Icon of the Mother of God resides.

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A pilgrimage trip to Mount Athos_day 1

As morning light began to shine from the east, the six pilgrims, Father Nazari, Subdeacon Peter, Reader Serge, Jonathan, Kevin, and Brandon, stood on the beach at Ouranopouli and intoned the Morning Prayers in preparation for their departure to the Holy Mountain. Having completed their prayers, they made their way toward the pier, stopping to obtain their permits from the Athonite travel office with their guide, Dmitri. As they set out on a water taxi for Athos, the views of the western side of the peninsula roused the spirit of the travelers.

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The Task Fears the Maestro; Reflections on a Choral Master Class with Vladimir Gorbik


Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Los Angeles. The Master Class took place August 22-24, 2017


There is a Russian adage which translates as “the task fears the master craftsman,”[*] meaning work goes well when one knows one’s business. In the case of the recent master class in choral singing and conducting, entitled The Performance and Interpretation of Russian Sacred Choral Music,one could easily change this adage to “the task fears the Maestro,” for indeed, our appointed craftsman knew his business.

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As we know, everything ancient needs careful protection and restoration. Father Nazari started this process, and we receive some donations for the restoration and renovation of our unique spiritual shrines. For a long time the problem has been especially acute that we need to arrange more reliable protection for the church, that is why during several Parish Council meetings the installation of a video surveillance system has been considered. It  would help us protect our shrines, in addition, ensure the safety of our parishioners and their belongings, as well as the safety of our clergy, servants and employees of our church.

We are happy to inform you that we collected $15,200.00 and were able to schedule the installation of video surveillance protection system on October 9th. We still need anothr $4,800.00 to collect in order to finish the project. Please be generous and boost it up. We need your help.

Alla Bobrova,


Master Class with V. Gorbik "The Performance and Interpretation of Orthodox Sacred Choral Music”

A master class, "The performance and Interpretation of Orthodox Choral Music," took place on August 22nd-24th at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral and was successfully conducted by Vladimir Gorbik, an eminent conductor and Orthodox church choirmaster from Moscow.

About 40 participants from different parts of the US and even from Canada arrived in our church in order to gain experience and join a spiritual, centuries-old tradition, the bearer of which is Maestro Gorbik.

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Micheltorena Concert Series presents A tribute to GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN "I GOT RHYTHM" by GANNA SORBAT TRIO

Dear Gershwin fans, you're invited to A tribute to GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN "I Got Rhythm" performed by GANNA SORBAT TRIO presented by Micheltorena Concert Series. 

Introducing internationally renowned pianist and singer GANNA SORBAT, PAUL ECKMAN on bass and WILLIE McNEIL on drums
Featuring a special guest - accomplished concert and jazz pianist SERGEY CHIPENKO
Host of the show - GANNA SORBAT

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August 22-24, 2017 -- Vladimir Gorbik, eminent conductor and Orthodox church choirmaster from Moscow will offer 3 days of his inimitable instruction in the performance and interpretation of Orthodox sacred choral music.Please see registration information below in the right column.

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Russian Saturday School Commencement concert 2017

Russian Saturday School Commencement concert with the rewarding of the best students was held on June10th. We would like to thank our students, teachers and parents who participated in this beautiful and deeply touching rendition of the life story of the last Imperial Romanov family.

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Holy Spirit Day – Annual Sisterhood Celebration

On the day of the Holy Spirit, Monday June 5th, the Sisterhood of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral celebrated their Patronal Feast Day. This is an annual celebration which originated in 1934.

On the morning of the Feast Day, many of the Sisterhood members attended Divine Liturgy and partook of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. In the evening the Rector of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Father Nazari Polataiko, celebrated a moleben to the Holy Trinity, before the icon of the Holy Trinity which was written for the Sisterhood many years ago. 

Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerald) attended the moleben and prayed in the Altar.

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Leonid Gregory_funeral service May 13th, 2017

Every time when we have contact with the mystery of the death -especially the departure from this life of our close ones - many questions arise in our minds: "Why now?"  "Why him (or her)?"  "Why, why, why?"

In this way we show the protest of our soul against something unnatural to humanity, something contrary to our nature, which became an unchanging facet of human life, and we protest death.

This is also proof of the fact that our life in its totality is fully known only to God, and we should together with Apostle Paul cry out “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out!”

And really the ways of God's wisdom are beyond our comprehension. Why? Some are rich and others are poor, one is really healthy and another is not, one is given a chance to see his great grandchildren and other is called to eternal life early.

Leo was blessed with many long years. He was a source of blessing and grace, he was an example, a source of encouragement and inspiration.


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Tchaikovsky Concert 2017

On April 30, 2017, we organized one more concert from Micheltorena Concert SeriesThe performance was dedicated to "The Seasons " by P.I. Tchaikovsky, and included, in addition to the performance of piano pieces, classical recitation, acting sketches and dance in avant-garde style, conveying the lyrical mood of the characteristic plays. Our parish choir opened the concert with the Paschal troparion and Tchaikovsky's Holy God, and performed magnificently. Marilya Shcherbakova performed on the piano, Andrey Kalugin presented dance and acting sketches, and Ganna Semenova gave recitation and acting sketches, and all were spectacular. Especially for the concert, our parishioner Gedda Ilves translated and recited Tchaikovsky's poems.

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