Parish Activities

Palm Sunday 04/09/17

A festal liturgy was served, headed by Bishop Theodosy.

On the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, also known as Palm Sunday, the Church celebrates the feast of Christ the King, welcomed by children at His entry into Jerusalem and to be welcomed likewise by each one of us into our own heart.  Many times during the Palm Sunday vigil we hear the words - ‘today the grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together.'  Just as in the 5th & 6th centuries, monks would return from the desert to their monasteries to celebrate the raising of Lazarus and Palm Sunday, 15 centuries later the same occurs as scattered members of the parish start to appear in church, and more and more will come as we get further into Holy Week.
With the ending of the 40-day fast, we now  accompany Christ day by day.  We are with Him as He draws near to Jerusalem, as He reaches Bethany to raise Lazarus, as he enters the Holy City on Palm Sunday, as He approaches His Passion and through his suffering, death and burial.  And we set our faces towards the objective of our journeying - to see His holy resurrection. *

*Extracts from The Meaning of the Great Fast by Metr. Kallistos Ware, the forward to the English translation of The Lenten Trioden. 

The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Friday moleben services with Akathist to the Mother of God.

Outside of major fasting periods (e.g. Great Lent, Nativity Lent), on Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. our parish serves a moleben and Akathist to the Mother of God and St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. This is a chance each Friday to thank God, by the prayers of His mother, for the week that is past and ask for blessings and guidance for the holy days to come. The Akathist is served with all the people singing, and prayers offered during the moleben for all the living. The service concludes with a short prayer and blessing in the cell of St. John.

Please note that as a general rule these Friday moleben services with Akathist do not take place during sustained lenten periods (e.g. Great Lent, Apostles' Fast, Dormition Fast, Nativity Fast), or during Paschaltide. To determine for certain whether there is an Akathist on a given Friday, see our Schedule of Services, where all planned Akathists are indicated. If you do not see an Akathist explicitly listed on a given Friday, it is not taking place that day.
St Tikhon's Parish Local San Francisco,
Apr 15, 2010, 8:29 AM