One of the Diocese's Senior Presbyteras Passes Away

[December 23, 2009] Tamara Kotar, one of the senior presbyteras of the Western American Diocese (wife of the evermemorable Archpriest Nicholas Kotar), passed away today in a San Francisco hospital. Her eldest son, Archpriest Sergei Kotar, is a clergyman of the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco and diocesan treasurer. Her second son, Archpriest Alexis Kotar, is the priest at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle and dean of the Pacific Northwest Deanery. T. Kotar is also survived by two daughters, Elena Galskoy and Nina Filipoff. The panikhida at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco is scheduled for Monday, December 28 at 7:30 pm and the funeral on Tuesday, December 29 at 10:00 am.

The Faithful of the Bay Area Await the Arrival of the Miraculous Icon of St. Anna

[December 15, 2009] This week the the Righteous St. Anna miraculous icon from Philadelphia will visit San Francisco. The icon's schedule at the Holy Virgin "Joy of All Who Sorrow" Cathedral (6210 Geary Boulevard) is as follows: the GREETING of the holy icon on Saturday, December 19 at 6:00 pm. The icon will be present throughout the Vigil service. On Sunday, December 20 the icon will be at the cathedral for both Liturgies early (7:30 am) and late (9:45 am).

Bishop's Services in the Pacific Northwest

[December 13, 2009] Two bishops, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America and Bishop Theodosy of Seattle, wil head the celebration of the St. Nicholas Cathedral feastday in Seattle: the All-Night Vigil on Friday, December 18 and the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, December 19. On Sunday, December 20 the bishops plan to serve the Divine Liturgy at the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island. The ordination of Hieromonk Paul to the priesthood is scheduled that day.

Diocesan Council Meets for Winter Session

[December 10, 2009] On December 1, 2009 the Diocesan Council (clergy and laity) met at the Diocesan Administration for its winter session. Following the opening prayer Bishop Theodosy of Seattle greeted Archbishop Kyrill on the occasion of his 55th birthday and being awarded the Second Order of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomensk by His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia. Archbishop Kyrill thanked Bishop Theodosy and emphasized that he accepts this award not as something he personally deserves, but on behalf of the clergy and flock of the Western American Diocese, who have helped and supported him throughout the years. ...more

The Western American Diocese Prepares to Bid Farewell to the Kursk Root Icon

[December 3, 2009] The visit of the Kursk Root Icon of the Theotokos to the Western American Diocese is coming to an end. On the feast of the Entry of the Mother of God Into the Temple the wonderworking Kursk Icon will be at the St. Peter and Paul church in Santa Rosa and on Sunday, December 6 at the church of All Saints of Russia in Burlingame. The farewell Moleben and Akathist before the holy Icon is scheduled for Monday, December 7 at 7:00 pm at the Holy Virgin Cathedral "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco.

First Anniversary of Patriarch Alexy's Repose and 30th Anniversary of Archpriest Nicholas Dombrovsky's Repose

[November 30, 2009] The first anniversary of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy's repose will fall on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The 30th anniversary of the repose of Archpriest Nicholas Dombrovsky falls on the same day. Father Nicholas was a key figure in the construction of the new cathedral in San Francisco and a longtime member of the Diocesan Council. At the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco the Panikhida (memorial service) for Patriarch Alexy and Archpriest Nicholas will be served immediately following the Divine Liturgy (Liturgy begins at 8:00 am) on Saturday, December 5. For Panikhida times in other parishes of the diocese please contact the parish rectors.

Miraculous Saint Anna Icon to Visit the Western American Diocese

image[November 28, 2009] On Thursday, December 17, 2009 the Miraculous icon of Saint Anna from Philadelphia will arrive in the Western American Diocese. The meeting of the holy icon will take place at the Holy Ascension Church in Sacramento. The miraculous icon will visit a number of parishes in the diocese (see the tentative schedule) and will be present at the Third Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference in Sacramento, California.

Third Annual St. Herman's West Youth Conference to be Held in Sacramento

[November 26, 2009] With the blessing of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western-America, the Third Annual St. Herman's West Youth Conference will be hosted by the parish of the The Holy Ascension in Sacramento California. The conference will include lectures and discussions on topics that concern today's orthodox youth. It will also provide the youth with chances to make new friends through variety of social activities. The conference will be for youth 15-25 which will accommodate youth of the high school level and also address the specific needs of the college age group. For additional information and to register, please visit the conference site. The miraculous icon of St. Anna from Philadelphia will be present at the conference.

The Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Congratulates Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America on his 55th birthday

[November 24, 2009] His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America on his 55th birthday: "Your contributions towards the good efforts towards establishing church unity is a worthy example of the work of an archpastor who cares for the benefit of the people of God," says the congratulatory message from the Patriarch. In view of his earnest labors and his 55th birthday, Archbishop Kyrill is being awarded the Second Order of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomensk.

New Service of Intercession for Those Suffering From Alcohol and Drug Dependance Presented in Burlingame

[November 20, 2009] On Tuesday, November 3, 2009 a new liturgical publication (in Church Slavonic), "Service of Intercession For Those Suffering From Alcohol of Drug Dependance," was presented at the Western American Diocese Fall Clergy Retreat.

Alcohol and drug dependence is among the most serious threats to Orthodox Christians, especially young people. It is extremely widespread throughout the world. In Russia it has reached epidemic proportions and thus His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia has given his blessing for a special council, "Our Common Cause," to be formed in order to to wage a battle with this threat.

In Russia it has been most common for those struggling with alcohol dependence to read the Akathist to the Theotokos before Her Icon "Inexhaustible Cup" or the Canon to the Martyr Boniface. ...more


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