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  • Dormition Aug 15

    Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. This Elizabethan prophecy, that we repeat so often in one of our most favorite prayers Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, was followed by Mary's hymn, Mary's prayerful prophesy, which is especially important for our attention on the day of her glorious Dormition. Read more...

  • Parish Picnic

    On Sunday, September 10, we will have our annual church picnic after the Divine Liturgy. The picnic will be held at the Great Meadow in Fort Mason. Please bring whatever you would like to share for the potluck.

  • Recent Photo Albums

    Some photographs of recent events in the life of the Cathedral:

    Dean-Warren Wedding
    Fourth of July at Fort Ross

  • Upcoming

    Mon, Aug 14: 6:00 pm Festal Vigil.

    Tue, Aug 15: Dormition of the Theotokos 9:00 am Festal Divine Liturgy.

    Wed, Aug 16: 6:00 pm Vespers followed by parish council meeting.

    Sat, Aug 19: 6:00 pm Vigil.

    Sun, Aug 20: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship meal and guitar concert.

    Visit our full calendar of services

The Manger and the Cross

"The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth." These words from the first chapter of St. John's Gospel describe the Nativity of Christ in its eternal and mystical meaning. The Word that was with God and was God and "all things were made through Him and without Him was not anything made that was made." The Logos, which is the Greek original for the Word, represents the essence, the reason, the wisdom, the creative power and strength, the Word through which God created the world out of nothing. When God says, "Let there be," another book, the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, speaks about it. This Word, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Son of God, today lies as a small defenseless child in the manger from which the animals eat, in the cave where the animals stay during stormy weather. The Word became Flesh, and this was possible only because humanity prepared for Him one of our kind, the Virgin Mary, Mother of God....

Suggestions for the Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast is a gift that reminds us to slow down and be purposeful about how we are living these days leading up to the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord.

  • Pray for people: prepare a list of names, and once a week or more frequently pray the Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos, or a portion of it. Ask the Theotokos to help those people.
  • Each week as you set aside the proportion of your funds to give to the Church in thanksgiving to God and for the operation of the parish, also set aside a portion to give to the poor. Then give it.
  • Celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas (San Anselmo, Dec. 6) which spiritually ushers us—with joyful exuberance—into the Nativity season. 
  • Celebrate the Feast of St. Herman of Alaska, December 13 (here at the Cathedral).
  • Fast from meat, eggs, cheese, and all dairy. Abstaining from particular foods is really the easiest part of the fast. Much more effort is required when fasting from anger, criticism, resentments, and wandering thoughts, especially those of lust and envy and wasting time in idleness and pointless entertainments. Even more effort is required when we engage in works of mercy to the needy.
  • Attend Vigil on Saturday evening, and by doing so, prepare yourself for Communion on Sunday. Confess at least twice during the Forty Day Fast, one of those times in the week prior to Christmas.
  • Volunteer at one of the many charitable institutions in our city.
  • In the week before Christmas read the Nativity accounts from St. Matthew and St. Luke to your children.

(adapted from bulletin of St. Seraphim Church)

  • Dec 4 2016

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