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  • Pages from History

    Trinity Cathedral Parish traces its history to December 2, 1857, when the first Orthodox Society was founded in San Francisco. Ten years latter, on September 2, 1867, it was incorporated as the Greek Russian Slavonian Orthodox Eastern Church and Benevolent Society. During these years, the Orthodox population of the Bay Area was spiritually and sacramentally served by chaplains from Russian Navy ships that frequented San Francisco Bay... More

  • Exaltation of the Cross

    The Cross of Christ is the very center of the Christian Faith, and indeed of the whole of human life and history. It reveals to us the very meaning of existence. It shows us the Truth and the Love and the Life of God Himself. When the world lay in evil, sold under sin to death, the Son of God became a man. And not only a man, but a slave of men. And not only a slave, but dead. And not only dead, but dead on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)  More

  • Sacrament of Holy Orders

    The recent ordination of Fr. Andrew Smith to the Holy Diaconate here at Holy Trinity provided our faithful an opportuntiy to witness a sacrament not often seen at the parish level:  the sacrament or Holy Orders. Bishops, priests and deacons give order to the Church. They guarantee the continuity and unity of the Church from age to age and from place to place from the time of Christ and the Apostles until the establishment of God’s Kingdom in eternity. More 

  • This Week

    Wed, Sep 23: 6:00 pm Vespers
    Sat, Sep 26: 6:00 pm Vigil
    Sun, Sep 27: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy followed by parish picnic
    Wed, Sep 30: 6:00 pm Vespers
    Thurs, Oct 1: 9:00 am Divine Liturgy
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Welcome to Holy Trinity

We gather for worship on Saturday evening and on Sunday Morning. We are old. We are young. We are middle aged. Some are married, some are single. Many of us have come to the Orthodox Church after years of searching. The Orthodox Church is the historical Church, which was founded on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem and spread throughout Judea and finally the world. In our services we celebrate the great truths of the Christian Faith.

Holy Trinity Cathedral is named after the Godhead; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This is particularly significant in that the Trinitarian understanding of the Godhead based upon the revelation of God, is uniquely Christian. The Orthodox Church has often been referred to as "the Church of the Holy Trinity" because of her commitment to the critical necessity of maintaining the Trinitarian faith. If God is One yet Three Persons as He has revealed Himself to be, and if we are created in the image and likeness of God, then understanding and living out this Trinitarian nature is critical to our life and faith...

  • May 15 2012

Exaltation of the Cross

The Exaltation of the Cross is celebrated twice during the ecclesiastical year.  The first time, and one of the twelve great feasts, is September 14.  The second celebration occurs in the spring, at the vigil service of the third Sunday of Great Lent. Immediately after the singing of the Great Doxology of Matins, the Cross of Christ is brought in solemn procession to the center of the church building. It remains enthroned there for the entire middle week of Lent for the veneration and contemplation of the faithful.

The cross was the instrument of capital punishment in the Roman Empire in the time of Jesus. Criminals were executed by being tied or nailed to the cross. According to the Law of the Old Testament, anyone who was crucified was considered as a sinner cursed by God: Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree. (Deuteronomy 21 :23) . . .