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  • A Brief History of our Cathedral

    Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish traces its history to December 2, 1857, when the first Orthodox Society was founded in San Francisco. In those early years, the Orthodox population of the Bay Area was spiritually and sacramentally served by chaplains from Russian Navy ships that frequented San Francisco Bay. During the Holy Week of 1868, an Orthodox Priest was sent to the City from Alaska to conduct the Paschal services here... Read More

  • Walk for Life

    We are invited to participate in the Walk for Life and accompanying events on January 27.  His Eminence, our Archbishop Benjamin is planning in attending Liturgy on Saturday, Jan 27 at 8:30 AM (Holy Trinity Church, 999 Brotherhood Way) and a prayer service at the Civic Center Plaza (11:30 AM).  Posters and handouts for the Walk itself are posted at the church and available at the candle counter.

  • Honoring Fr John

    On Sunday, January 21, after a solemn celebration of the Divine Liturgy with our archbishop, we will continue our gathering in love to celebrate Fr. John’s ministry and retirement with a festive luncheon.  Let’s outdo one another in showing honor (Rom. 12:10) to Fr. John and Matushka Robin this Sunday!

    Our Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for January 28.

  • Upcoming

    Wed, Jan 17:  6:00 PM Vespers followed by seminar.

    Sat, Jan 20:  6:00 PM Vigil.

    Sun, Jan 21: 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy followed by luncheon in honor of Fr. John. Parking available for morning service.

    Visit our full calendar of services.

Forgiveness and the Gift of Lent

by Fr. Alexander Schmemann

A Homily delivered to the community at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary

Forgiveness Sunday of 1983

As once more we are about to enter the Great Lent, I would like to remind us – myself first of all, and all of you my fathers, brothers, and sisters – of the verse that we just sang, one of the stichera, and that verse says:"Let us begin Lent, the Fast, with joy." 

Only yesterday we were commemorating Adam crying, lamenting at the gates of Paradise, and now every second line of the Triodion and the liturgical books of Great Lent will speak of repentance, acknowledging what dark and helpless lives we live, in which we sometimes are immersed. And yet, no one will prove to me that the general tonality of Great Lent is not that of a tremendous joy! Not what we call "joy" in this world – not just something entertaining, interesting, or amusing – but the deepest definition of joy, that joy of which Christ says: "no one will take away from you" (Jn. 16:22). Why joy? What is that joy?

So many people under various influences have come to think of Lent as a kind of self–inflicted inconvenience. Very often in Lent we hear these conversations: "What do you give up for Lent?" – it goes from candy to, I don’t know what. There is the idea that if we suffer enough, if we feel the hunger enough, if we try by all kinds of strong or light ascetical tools, mainly to "suffer" and be "tortured," so to speak, it would help us to "pay" for our absolution. But this is not our Orthodox faith. Lent is not a punishment. Lent is not a kind of painful medicine that helps only inasmuch as it is painful...

  • Feb 25 2017

Lenten Message of Archbishop Benjamin

Dearly beloved,

After the preparatory weeks getting us ready for Great Lent, we come to the First Sunday of the Fast. There are two themes to this Sunday. The first theme, of course, is historical: the restoration of icons for use in worship and devotion in the Church after many years of iconoclasm. The second is the theme echoed by Philip: Come and See.

These themes are related to each other...

  • Feb 24 2017

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