Holy Trinity Cathedral

We gather in San Francisco, California, to praise God in a warm community. A parish of the Orthodox Church in America; celebrating more than 150 years! 1520 Green St @ Van Ness Ave.

Services in English. More at holy-trinity.org. Welcome! We are OPEN and grateful for the opportunity to serve and stream the divine services frequently including Sundays at 10:00! See holy-trinity.org for our full schedule and information on registering (a health pre-screen is required by our City). The church is also open for private prayer this week Tuesday-Saturday 5 PM - 7 PM and by appointment.

Operating as usual

[10/23/20]   On this day, the Lord's Day, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 10 AM. The Gospel reading is Luke 16:19-31. We are open, and you are welcome!

You can find out more about our procedures and fill out a health pre-screen (required by the City of San Francisco) here:
https://holy-trinity.org/about/schedule.html

The Divine Liturgy is the common work of Orthodox Christians officially gathered to constitute the Church. It is the action of the Church assembled by God in order to be together in one community to worship, to pray, to sing, to hear God’s Word, to be instructed in God’s commandments, to offer itself with thanksgiving in Christ to God the Father, and to have the living experience of God’s eternal kingdom through communion with the same Christ Who is present in his people by the Holy Spirit.

The services of Holy Trinity Cathedral, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, are prayed in English. All are welcome!

Panikhida for Metropolitan Theodosius

With faith in Christ and hope in the Resurrection, we share news of the repose today of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius. Metropolitan Theodosius was the head of the Orthodox Church in America from 1977 until his retirement in 2002. He led many celebrations at Holy Trinity Cathedral including the visit of His Holiness, Patriarch ALEKSY II in 1993. In June of 2002, on the eve of his retirement, His Beatitude led our Cathedral in the celebration of Holy Pentecost. Supervisor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors designated that Pentecost Day “Metropolitan Theodosius Day in San Francisco.” You can see photographs from that festal weekend here: https://www.holy-trinity.org/history/2002/2002.06.23.pentecost/index.html

We will celebrate a panikhida at 1:00 this afternoon at the Cathedral and another on Wednesday after Vespers.

Memory Eternal!

We're OPEN and you're WELCOME! There are lots of opportunities to be with us at Holy Trinity in prayer and thanksgiving over the coming days:

Tuesday: Open for prayer 5-7 PM
Wednesday: Open for prayer at 5 PM; Vespers at 6 PM
Tuesday: Open for prayer 5-7 PM
Friday: Open for prayer 5-7 PM
Saturday: 9 AM Divine Liturgy; Open for prayer at 5 PM; Great Vespers at 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM Divine Liturgy

To attend services (with physical distancing and masks), please fill out the city-required health pre-screen here: https://forms.gle/VFmMmpPzuTuukrG5A

Wonderful Sunday as we reopen “safely together” in San Francisco! Blessed Lord’s Day to you all! This week we are open for private prayer Tuesday-Saturday, 5PM - 7PM, in addition to our scheduled divine services. See you soon!

A blessed feast of the Protection of the Mother of God! We had a beautiful public divine liturgy this morning. We are grateful to God for all His blessings to us and are keeping in prayer all those who are suffering (especially our friends in the North Bay!). Tonight and Friday our church will be open for private prayer from 5-7 PM.

We are OPEN and have a lot to pray about and to thank God for! Tonight our cathedral church is again open for private prayer (5-7 PM, Tue-Sat) and Wednesday evening we celebrate Great Vespers for the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God at 6 PM. Details on how to pre-register are at holy-trinity.org or send us a message! All are welcome!

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Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral – A warm community praising God in San Francisco for more than 150 years

We continue to open our Cathedral doors for private prayer this week: Tuesday-Saturday, 5 PM-7 PM, and by appointment during the day. We are at the corner of Van Ness & Green. Welcome! #TakeCareSF #Marina #CowHollow #RussianHill #SanFrancisco #Reopen #reopencalifornia #ReopenSF

holy-trinity.org Welcome! We are a faithful and warm community dedicated to serving God and neighbor here in beautiful San Francisco. Our Orthodox Christian services are celebrated in English. Our liturgies are streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. During this time, we are increasing our efforts to remain prayerful...

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church - Ashland/Phoenix, OR

Thanks to your generous donations we have not only been able to take care of our own parishioners who have lost their homes or have been evacuated - but we are also feeding hundreds of homeless children, getting diapers and fresh water to families, and handing out grocery store gift cards... The work continues! We are working on helping our low income neighbors out of the toxic air and into temporary housing and hotel rooms.

In light of the expanded reopening of San Francisco this week, we're opening our beautiful cathedral for private prayer: Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-7pm and by appointment. Welcome neighbors and friends!

Rejoice, O Precious Cross of the Lord! O marvelous Wonder, the Most Holy Cross, the Life-giving Tree, is lifted up on high today and shown to the world! Blessed feast of the Cross to you today!

Holy Trinity #Orthodox Cathedral on an orange #sanfrancisco morning (2 hours after sunrise). Our prayers go out to those fighting the fires and to those affected. Lord, have mercy. #nofilter

The tomb and death could not contain the Theotokos, who is ceaseless in her prayers and a hope unfailing in her intercessions; for as the Mother of Life she was translated to life by Him who came to dwell in her ever Virgin womb. + Blessed Feast of the Mother of God to all! ☦️ @ Holy Trinity Cathedral

From this day forth, from this hour, from this minute, let us learn to love God above all and fulfill his holy will.

Our venerable father Herman pray unto God for us!

On this day we celebrate the "Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord.” It is also known as the First of the three "Feasts of the Savior” in August.

This feast is handed down to us with an understanding that because of the illnesses which would occur during the month of August, it was customary at Constantinople to carry the Precious Wood of the Cross in procession throughout the city for its sanctification, and to deliver it from sickness. On the eve (July 31), the Cross was removed from the imperial treasury and placed it upon the Holy Table of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia (which is dedicated to Christ, the Wisdom of God). From August 1 until the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, there was a procession throughout the entire the city, and then the Cross was placed where all the people could venerate it.

As we begin this August, while we are dealing with a pandemic in our own time, we are grateful to God for the opportunity to refocus our sight on the Precious Cross and to ask the Merciful Savior for deliverance from every affliction: both visible and invisible. ☦️

[07/15/20]   A blessed feast of St. Vladimir to all! We pray you are staying safe. We have a full week ahead, including our weekly zoom Thursday evening of prayer, scripture, and conversation. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Fr. Kirill. Thank you and God bless you!

On the Third Day of the Holy Trinity and the commemoration of St. Cyril of Alexandria, we celebrated the baptism of the newly-illumined servant of God, Joseph.

Pentecost - Feast of the Holy Trinity - 2020

"On the last day, that great day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink..." (John 7:37-52; 8:12).

On this, our parish feast day, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence, Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West. Concelebrating with His Eminence were Archpriest Kirill Sokolov, Dean, and Protodeacon Brendan Doss. Due to the shelter-in-place, we missed our parishioners and friends but were blessed to livestream the Divine Liturgy.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence presented high awards on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops. To our long-time choir director, Reader Stephen (Bob) Parent, the Holy Synod conferred the Order of St. Romanos the Melodist. In addition, the Holy Synod bestowed the honor of wearing a jeweled cross to our cathedral dean, Archpriest Kirill Sokolov.

We also honored and celebrated our school-year graduates. May God grant you all many years!

"On the last day, that great day of the Feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink..." (John 7:37-52; 8:12).

On this, our parish feast day, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence, Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West. Concelebrating with His Eminence were Archpriest Kirill Sokolov, Dean, and Protodeacon Brendan Doss. Due to the shelter-in-place, we missed our parishioners and friends but were blessed to livestream the Divine Liturgy.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence presented high awards on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops. To our long-time choir director, Reader Stephen (Bob) Parent, the Holy Synod conferred the Order of St. Romanos the Melodist. In addition, the Holy Synod bestowed the honor of wearing a jeweled cross to our cathedral dean, Archpriest Kirill Sokolov.

We also honored and celebrated our school-year graduates. May God grant you all many years!

Pentecost - Divine Liturgy - Feast of the Holy Trinity

"On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink." (The beginning of the Gospel Reading: John 7:37-52, 8:12).

On this, our parish feast day, the feast of the Holy Trinity, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. His Eminence, our Archbishop Benjamin is presiding. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, we are honoring our graduates and His Eminence is making other presentations.

In this time of shelter-at-home, we are blessed to livestream the service to all of our faithful and friends. We miss you!

In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also the celebration of the beginning: it is the “birthday” of the Church as the presence among us of the Holy Spirit, of the new life in Christ, of grace, knowledge, adoption to God and holiness.

This double meaning and double joy is revealed to us, first of all, in the very name of the feast. Pentecost in Greek means fifty, and in the sacred biblical symbolism of numbers, the number fifty symbolizes both the fulness of time and that which is beyond time: the Kingdom of God itself. It symbolizes the fulness of time by its first component: 49, which is the fulness of seven (7 x 7): the number of time. And, it symbolizes that which is beyond time by its second component: 49 + 1, this one being the new day, the “day without evening” of God’s eternal Kingdom. With the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples, the time of salvation, the Divine work of redemption has been completed, the fulness revealed, all gifts bestowed: it belongs to us now to “appropriate” these gifts, to be that which we have become in Christ: participants and citizens of His Kingdom.

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[06/07/20]   "On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink." (The beginning of the Gospel Reading: John 7:37-52, 8:12).

On this, our parish feast day, the feast of the Holy Trinity, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM. His Eminence, our Archbishop Benjamin is presiding. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, we are honoring our graduates and His Eminence is making other presentations.

In this time of shelter-at-home, we are blessed to livestream the service to all of our faithful and friends. We miss you!

In the Church’s annual liturgical cycle, Pentecost is “the last and great day.” It is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. For the same reason, however, it is also the celebration of the beginning: it is the “birthday” of the Church as the presence among us of the Holy Spirit, of the new life in Christ, of grace, knowledge, adoption to God and holiness.

This double meaning and double joy is revealed to us, first of all, in the very name of the feast. Pentecost in Greek means fifty, and in the sacred biblical symbolism of numbers, the number fifty symbolizes both the fulness of time and that which is beyond time: the Kingdom of God itself. It symbolizes the fulness of time by its first component: 49, which is the fulness of seven (7 x 7): the number of time. And, it symbolizes that which is beyond time by its second component: 49 + 1, this one being the new day, the “day without evening” of God’s eternal Kingdom. With the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples, the time of salvation, the Divine work of redemption has been completed, the fulness revealed, all gifts bestowed: it belongs to us now to “appropriate” these gifts, to be that which we have become in Christ: participants and citizens of His Kingdom.

Vigil on the Eve of the Great Feast of Pentecost

On this, the eve of the Great Feast of Pentecost -- the feast of the Holy Trinity -- we are blessed to livestream the vigil service at 6:00 PM.

Due to the shelter-in-place order, we regret that we cannot have our faithful with us on our parish feast day. May the Holy Spirit come and abide in us!

[06/06/20]   On this, the eve of the Great Feast of Pentecost -- the feast of the Holy Trinity -- we are blessed to livestream the vigil service at 6:00 PM.

Due to the shelter-in-place order, we regret that we cannot have our faithful with us on our parish feast day. May the Holy Spirit come and abide in us!

Vespers on Wednesday of the 7th Week of Pascha

On this Wednesday, the eve of Thursday, June 4, we continue to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and commemorate St. Metrophanes, first Patriarch of Constantinople (325-326). As we remain in this time of shelter-in-place, we are blessed to livestream Vespers at 6:00 PM.

[06/03/20]   On this Wednesday, the eve of Thursday, June 4, we continue to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and commemorate St. Metrophanes, first Patriarch of Constantinople (325-326). As we remain in this time of shelter-in-place, we are blessed to livestream Vespers at 6:00 PM.

Divine Liturgy on the 7th Sunday of Pascha - Holy Fathers

On the Seventh Sunday of Pascha, we are blessed to livestream the Divine Liturgy from Holy Trinity Cathedral at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. During this difficult time, we invite everyone to unite in praise and thanksgiving to God even though we cannot physically gather.

Persecution of Christians ceased (for a time...) during the fourth century, but heresies arose within the Church itself. One of the most pernicious of these heresies was Arianism. Arius, a priest of Alexandria, was a man of immense pride and ambition. Arius falsely taught that the Savior is not consubstantial with God the Father, but is only a created being.

Investigating these dissensions, the holy emperor Constantine (May 21) consulted Bishop Hosius of Cordova (Aug. 27), who assured him that the heresy of Arius was directed against the most fundamental dogma of Christ’s Church, and so he decided to convene an Ecumenical Council. In the year 325, 318 bishops representing Christian Churches from various lands gathered together at Nicea. After much deliberation, guided by the Holy Spirit, the holy fathers promulgated the Apostolic teaching about Christ's divine nature in the Nicene Creed.

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Vespers on the Eve of the 7th Sunday of Pascha

[I was moved to speak and pray about these events after tonight’s Vespers (https://youtu.be/buwfpYrhmnY?t=2809) in an unpolished way; I’m grateful to God that our Holy Synod has issued a statement this evening -Fr Kirill]:

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America today issued the following statement on the recent tragic events in Minneapolis, MN.

“We, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, mourn the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd on May 25, 2020. We too have looked with horror at the footage of this episode, and condemn the brutal actions that caused his violent death. We look to the civil authorities to bring to justice those who participated in this senseless tragedy.

“We categorically reject racism in any form. Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), and was created to exist (Wisdom of Solomon 1:14). We are all, each of us, “one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).” As such, there should be no hatred, no enmity, no hostility between us, but reconciliation.

“In the face of civil unrest, we call upon the members of the Orthodox Church in America, and to all the communities they live in, to engage in the service of righteousness and peace in the Holy Spirit. We exhort everyone to “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding (Romans 14:17, 19).

Finally, we offer our prayers to God for Mr. Floyd, his family, and to those communities that are experiencing anxiety, sadness, and despair, because they have seen destruction of life and property.”

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Schedule

During this extraordinary time, please see our web site, holy-trinity.org, for our schedule as we strive to keep us all connected to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, His Church, and each other.

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Vespers on the Eve of the 7th Sunday of Pascha
Ascension Divine Liturgy
Ascension Festal Vigil
Leavetaking of Pascha Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgy on the 6th Sunday of Pascha - The Blind Man
Great Vespers on the Eve of the 6th Sunday of Pascha
Great Vespers - Feast of Ss. Constantine and Helen
Divine Liturgy on the 5th Sunday of Pascha - Samaritan Woman

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1520 Green St
San Francisco, CA
94123

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Welcome to Holy Trinity Cathedral! Our clergy: His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West Very Reverend Dr. Kirill Sokolov, Dean (pastor) Reverend Protodeacon Brendan Doss Directions and Parking From the North: After taking US 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge, get off at Lombard. Turn right on Van Ness. The Cathedral is on your right on Green St., which is one block after Union St. Approximately 5 minutes from the bridge. From the South: Take Freeway 101 North to the "S. Van Ness/Golden Gate Bridge" exit. Turn left onto Van Ness Avenue (Hwy. 101). Green Street is 20 blocks from there, past Broadway and Vallejo. The Cathedral is located on your left at the corner of Green and Van Ness. From the East: After crossing the Bay Bridge, follow the signs for "US 101/Golden Gate Bridge." Exit at South Van Ness Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge. Turn left onto Van Ness Avenue (Hwy.101). Green Street is 20 blocks from there, past Broadway and Vallejo. The Cathedral located on your left at the corner of Green and Van Ness. By BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit): Get off at the Civic Center station. Walk several blocks to Van Ness Avenue and take MUNI as described below. By MUNI (public bus system): On Van Ness -- take the 47 or 49 to Union Street. Walk back one block to Green Street. The Cathedral is located at the corner of Green and Van Ness. Parking The cathedral lies at the corner of Green Street and Van Ness Avenue (Highway 101). When approaching from the south, it is usually faster to take Franklin Street (one block west of Van Ness) after exiting the freeway. Parking is always a problem, since HTC does not have a parking lot. Street parking is usually hard to find, especially for evening services. For special services and events, parking information will be noted on the schedule of services whenever possible. Parking is usually available at St Brigid's School for all of our Passion and Resurrection services at Holy Trinity Cathedral. The parking will open 1 hour before each service and close 1 hour after the end of the service. St Brigid's is on Broadway between Van Ness and Franklin, about two blocks from Holy Trinity. A bit farther away, you can usually find free street parking at the north end of Van Ness Ave, at Aquatic Park or nearby at Fort Mason. It's a 15-minute walk from there to the cathedral, and city buses operate on this route every few minutes.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 17:00 - 19:00
Thursday 17:00 - 19:00
Friday 17:00 - 19:00
Saturday 17:00 - 19:00
Saturday 08:30 - 10:00
Sunday 10:00 - 11:30
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