From Father Theodore Pashkovsky’s Journal, 1909

June 28 The new church has been completed, and all is prepared for its consecration. The new temple has one dome and a belfry. There are three crosses over the altar, one over the middle and two over the side-altars, so that the building is adorned with five crosses. The temple will accommodate approximately 300 people. The iconostasis was crafted locally, and I. Kanasawa, a Japanese, drew the icons. Under the church there is a hall that stretches the length of the building for meetings and various parish activities. Seven bells keep watch over the sanctity of the church and ring out the purity and truth of Orthodoxy. On Saturday evening Vigil was celebrated with Litiya and Polieleon to the Holy Trinity. In the morning at 10 a.m. the call to worship was rung on the large bell, but there were already many in the church. The Greek Archimandrite Arsenias arrived to take part in the rite of church consecration, also Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich and Priest Nicholas Mitropolsky. The consecration took place followed by Divine Liturgy and afterwards a prayer service of thanksgiving, celebrated by the designated clergy and the rector of the new cathedral, the priest Theodore Pashkovsky. The church could not hold all who desired to be present at the service and many stood outside. The services were quite solemn and both Archimandrite Sebastian and Father Pashkovsky gave sermons. The choir sang well under the direction of the Reader V[ladimir] F[eodorovich] Grivsky. After the service many parishioners gathered in the hall beneath the church to share in the joy of the temple’s consecration. Here the rector expressed his thanks to all who made the construction of the new temple possible beginning with their Eminencies Archbishops Platon and Tikhon. Incidentally a costume donated by Michael Baida [Chairman of the Parish Council, an Orthodox Arab] was raffled off bringing in a collection of $150. And so the holy desire of the Orthodox people of San Francisco to have their temple was fulfilled, and now we must see to its maintenance.

Translated from Russian by Robert Parent and published in the Holy Trinity Cathedral weekly bulletin on June 27, 1993.