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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.

The Blessing of Water

Icon of TheophanyIn the Book of Genesis, we read that creation began when the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:2) Throughout the Bible, water plays an important and a 'mystical role' in human existence and in man's relationship with God the Creator.

Water has the capacity to produce death, as recounted in the story of Noah and the ark (Gen. 6); or to produce life, as noted in the story of Moses' striking the rock in the desert to produce water for the parched wanderers (Numbers 20). While the waters of the Red Sea parted to allow the Hebrews to pass over in safety (and thus preserve life), the same waters came rushing upon the Pharoah and his army drowning them...

  • Feb 6 2017

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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