December 7 - Icon image of the Mother of God " Softener of Evil Hearts" visits our Parish

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
We want to share with you good news that on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 am- 5 pm will visit our Cathedral wonderworking Icon image of the Mother of God " Softener of Evil Hearts". Icon is myrrh-streaming and everyone can venerate most holy image and be anointed.

December 22 - Christmas Tree Holiday at Parish Hall

We invite everyone to the Christmas Tree Holiday, which will be held on December 22 in our Parish Hall . Starts at 13: 00. Tickets can be purchased here on the link

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Schedule of visitation of relic of St.Luke the Surgeon

Dear brothers and sisters, this weekend the relics of St.Luke arriving to our Cathedral for veneration. Here we present a schedule of the visitation of this holy relic at other Parishes in the Southland.
10 SUN 10 AM-6:00 PM 
16 SAT 10 AM-9:00 PM                     HOLY VIRGIN MARY CATHEDRAL  
17 SUN 10 AM-6:00 PM                    (650 Micheltorena, Los Angeles,CA) Phone: (323) 661-7000 

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11.05.2019 Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits the center of the Orthodox Church in America

SYOSSET, NY – Archbishop Elpidophoros visited Metropolitan Tikhon, on Monday Nov. 4, 2019, at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). The two hierarchs exchanged formal greetings in the St. Sergius Chapel. They restated the importance of developing brotherly relationship between the Archdiocese and the OCA through concrete practical projects and collaboration. A lunch followed, during which Metropolitan Tikhon and Archbishop Elpidophoros discussed possible actions to realize their desire to strengthen their relationship. Archbishop Elpidophoros insisted on the importance of Eucharistic concelebration as the cornerstone of Orthodox unity in the country.

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Notes from the Holy Mountain: Day five

Day Five:
With the blessing of Geronta Nikodim, Father Nazari was able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the main church of the monastery.

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Notes from the Holy Mountain: Day four

Day Four:

 Following Matins and the Divine Liturgy in Dokhiari we hiked along the coast of the Holy Mountain to the monastery of Ksenafon where we venerated many beautiful icons.

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Notes from the Holy Mountain: Day three

Through the grace of God the weather began to clear and, after a good night’s rest and warm shower, we returned to Dokhiari to regroup.

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Notes from the Holy Mountain : Day two

On the second day of the pilgrimage we began with the beautiful services of Matins and the Divine Liturgy at the Dokhiari monastery.

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10.31.2019 Pilgrimage notes from Holy Mount Athos: Day one


Day One

On the morning of October 30th, our retinue, Father Nazari, subdeacons Andrey and Peter, Sean, and Zoe woke in the town of Ouranopoli, boarder town to Mt. Athos, and began our morning prayers under the rosy light of the sun rising above the Holy Mountain. This humble prayer strengthened us as we began their pilgrimage. Following a light repast, we said farewell to Zoe and set out to the Holy Mountain after meeting our guide Sergei and obtaining our entrance visas. As we boarded the ship and pulled from the shores of the world we prepared ourselves to enter into the garden of the Theotokos for 6 days of prayer, fasting, and the beauty of the monastic life that has continued uninterrupted for centuries. 

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10.17.2019 October 15-17 Diocesan Assembly and Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at Colorado Springs

The 2019 Assembly of the Diocese of the West  took place October 15th-17th at the Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO.  

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10.13.2019 Sunday Divine Liturgy and exhibit open at Parish Hall


On Sunday the 17th week after Pentecost, commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, the Rector of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Archpriest Nazari Polataiko, served the Divine Liturgy. 

After Divine Liturgy, the photo exhibtion "Churches and Monasteries from a Bird's Eye View," photos taken on drone cameras around the USA, Russia, Georgia, and Ethiopia, was shown in the parish hall. The authors came from Moscow to open the exhibit and highlight the beauty of ancient architecture through their vision of Orthodoxy, which sent them traveling thousands of miles to catch the picturesque views.

The pictures will stay at our Church through the Slavic Festival - November 10 - and are available to purchase as prints, or to order online or through our bookstore. Part of proceeds will go to support our Cathedral.

All prints are in high resolution on quality photographic paper, and reproduce the original colors.



10.09.2019. The Holy relics of St.Luke the Surgeon arriving to Los Angeles and Orange County

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

We are very glad to inform you, that with the blessing of his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and All Ukraine and His Eminence Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West, the part of the Holy relics of St. Luke of Simferopol and Crimea will reside for veneration in Los Angeles from 10 to 20 November 2019.


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09.01.2019 Sunday Hierarchal Divine Liturgy

09.01.2019. Sunday Divine Liturgy at Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Los Angeles was presided by His Eminence Benjamin Archbishop of San-Francisco and the West. After dismissal Vladika read the Encyclical Archpastoral message of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon on the beginning of the Ecceliastical Year & The Day of Prayer for the Creation.

To the Venerable Hierarchs, Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,

O timeless Word and Son without beginning, united with the Holy Spirit, Co-maker of all and Co-creator of all things visible and invisible: bless the beginning of this year; bring peace to Thine Orthodox people, through the prayers of the Theotokos and all the saints.
Doxastichon for the Indiction at Lord I Call.

On this day, the Ecclesiastical New Year, the church calls us to contemplate and meditate upon our Creator and His Creation. This first day of the New Year not only marks a renewal of the liturgical cycle, but, as thebeginning of the year, it draws our attention to the beginning of all and to God who has no beginning. As such, we are given the opportunity to offer prayers for the preservation of the earth, for the welfare of us who inhabit it, who are part of it, and who crown it, and for God to grant us the wisdom and grace to be good and faithful stewards of this earth, the Lord’s creation, given to us freely and always imparting more gifts for ournourishment, benefit, and life.

It is easy to take creation for granted, to see the world around us as comprising inanimate objects and dumb beasts, servants to our purpose and delight, or obstacles in our way. Indeed, in the beginning God placedhuman beings at the head of creation, creating us in His image and likeness to have “dominion over the fishof the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creepingthing that creeps upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26) Yet, as with our Lord and his Kingship over us, we are not todominate nature, but humbly commune with it in a relationship of love, of care, and of stewardship.

While Genesis shows that the world was created for the service of humanity, the Psalmist so eloquently puts into divinely-inspired words the ultimate, higher purpose of God’s creation:

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest... Praise the Lord from the earth,you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy winds fulfilling his command. Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, beasts of the earth and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds. Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth, young men and maidens, old men and children! (Ps. 148:1, 7-12)

“Let them praise the name of the Lord!” the Psalmist exclaims. We are of creation, and ultimately ought tobe of one mind and purpose with all created things, praising the Lord. While creation praises the Lord by its very existence, we offer our praise to the Lord through our stewardship of creation and created things themselves, a reality revealed so fully in the Eucharist.

Thus, as we celebrate the beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year, I exhort you to bear in mind the beginning of the world, and the world itself. Let us give thanks for creation, with the words of the beautiful Akathist“Glory to God for all Things” on our lips. Let us contemplate the great mystery of creation, which offers itself for our nourishment and earthly life. Likewise, let us further meditate upon the culmination of creation: Jesus Christ, our Lord, offering his very body and blood, his substance and life, upon the Cross for our life. Let us join the earth, wood and water, sky and stone, praising and worshipping the Lord, the Giver and Creator of Life. May our Lord and Creator inspire us, that we may heal our state of enmity with nature wrought by sin (Gen. 3:15-19), that we may strive for the preservation and renewal of the world, and that we might sing His praises with the earth and all that is in it as good stewards of His creation.

With paternal love and blessings,

Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada


08.01.2019 To the beloved parish priests of the Orthodox Church in America

August 1, 2019                                                                                                                                                

To the beloved parish priests of the Orthodox Church in America:

Christ is in our midst!

On the closing day of the 19thAll-American Council in July 2018, two college students, Miriam Sheehan and Dimitrios Rentel, gave a brief yet impassioned presentation asking the Orthodox Church in America to reinvigorate its efforts in youth ministry. Within ten minutes, various attendees and online viewers spontaneously pledged over $80,000 toward the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, with the goal in mind of hiring a director for this department. Such generosity sent a clear message – that our people see the need for better youth ministry in the Orthodox Church in America.

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06.25.2019 On the feast day of St. Onuphrius the Great the anniversary of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was celebrated in Kyiv

06.25.2019 With the blessing and on behalf of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Rector of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral Archpriest Nazari Polataiko delivered greetings to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine on the occasion of the jubilee celebration of His Beatitude's 5th anniversary as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and 75th birthday, both of which were marked today in Kyiv on the feast of His Beatitude's heavenly patron, Venerable Onufry the Great. May God grant His Beatitude many years!

05.21.2019 Diocese of the West clergy retreat May 21-23

May 21-23 Spring session at Pasadena , Diocese of the West clergy retreat presided by His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin together with His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa.



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04.21.2019 The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem -Palm Sunday

On Sunday the April 21st His Eminence Benjamin Archbishop of San-Francisco and the West headed the Divine Liturgy and All-Night Vigil office with Lity on the eve of the Feast at Holy Virgin Mary Orthodox Cathedral of Los Angeles. He was joined by the dean of the Parish - Archpriest Nazar Polataiko, Hieromonk Nikon (Kashkovalov), Protodeacon Arkadiy Voloshchuk, Deacon Kirill Dotsenko. 

After the reading of the Holy Gospel His Eminence preached a sermon:

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03/17/2019 Sunday of Orthodoxy at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral

03/17/2019 The clergy of Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Los Angeles served the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy and St.Patrick's Feast Day the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland.

The divine service was sung by the HVM choir under the direction of Serge Liberovsky.


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03/15/2019 Liturgy of the Presactified Gifts at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is an evening service. It is the solemn lenten Vespers with the administration of Holy Communion added to it. There is no consecration of the eucharistic gifts at the presanctified liturgy. Holy Communion is given from the eucharistic gifts sanctified on the previous Sunday at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, unless, of course, the feast of the Annunciation should intervene; hence its name of “presanctified.”

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is served on Wednesday and Friday evenings, although some churches may celebrate it only on one of these days. It comes in the evening after a day of spiritual preparation and total abstinence. The faithful who are unable to make the effort of total fasting because of weakness or work, however, normally eat a light lenten meal in the early morning.


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