Archive of Past Activities

This page serves as a record of some of the past activities and events in our parish life. The newer archived events are listed first.

Lenten Talks in Russian for 2011

posted Apr 18, 2011, 11:12 AM by Irenaeus M.C. Steenberg


Lenten Thursday evening discussions for 2011 (in Russian): 'Confession and Repentance in Great Lent'

On Thursday evenings from 6.00 p.m. during Great Lent 2011, our parish is hosting a series of Russian-language talks and discussions on the place of repentance and confession in Great Lent. These gatherings will take place from 6.00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: 17th March, 24th March, 31st March and 14th April 2011.

The language for these Thursday Lenten gatherings is Russian. We begin with the small Compline service in Church Slavonic, followed by light lenten refreshments and our discussion.

These evenings, like our English-language talks on Wednesdays, are open to everyone, of all ages, from any parish or from none, who would like to explore the life of repentance.

Wednesday Lenten Talks in English

posted Apr 14, 2011, 8:59 AM by Irenaeus M.C. Steenberg

Lenten Wednesday evening discussions for 2011 (in English): 'The Way of the Spirit - Reflections on the Life in God'

On Wednesday evenings from 6.00 p.m. during Great Lent 2011, our parish is hosting a series of talks and discussions on the spiritual life, as drawn from the writings of Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra. These gatherings will take place from 6.00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: 16th March, 23rd March, 30th March and 13th April 2011.

The language for these Wednesday Lenten gatherings is English. We begin with the small Compline service, followed by a light Lenten fasting meal. During the meal the lives of the saints of the day are read from the Synaxaria; and following the readings we begin our talk and discussion. Our theme for this Lent is 'The Way of the Spirit - Reflections on the Life in God', drawn from the title of the recently published English-language collection of several talks by Elder Aimilianos, founding Abbot of the community of the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Mount Athos. These talks will explore the nature of the Christian life, monastic spirituality, and Orthodox ascesis.

These evenings are open to everyone, of all ages, from any parish or from none, who would like to explore the life in Christ through the wisdom of a great teacher and spiritual father of our own day.

Download a poster to share with your parish: If you would like to advertise these Lenten Wednesday evening talks to your parish, school or other body, please click the link at the bottom of these page to download a printable poster in PDF format. We welcome visitors and participants from the whole Bay Area to join us!

Photographs of our Patronal Feast, 2010

posted Apr 14, 2011, 8:56 AM by Irenaeus M.C. Steenberg

Our parish's patronal feast of St Tikhon, Bishop of Veronezh and Wonderworker of Zadonsk, was kept this year on 13th / 26th August 2010. Celebrating the Divine Liturgy for the feast were Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, and Bishop Theodosy of Seattle, together with parish and visiting clergy. You are welcome to read a letter from the parish clergy on the occasion of the feast.

We are grateful to the many clergy, pilgrims and guests who travelled to join our parishioners for the keeping of our patron's feast day.

Parish Feast of St Tikhon, 2010

Parish Patronal Feast, 2010

posted Apr 14, 2011, 8:55 AM by Irenaeus M.C. Steenberg

The feast of our patron, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, falls on 13th / 26th August, and as is customary we will be keeping our patronal feast with the Divine Services and a festal parish meal in 2010. As per our service schedule, services for the feast will take place this year as follows:
  • Wednesday, 25th August - 5:30 p.m. : All-Night Vigil
  • Thursday, 26th August - 9.00 a.m. : Divine Liturgy, followed by trapeza
We invite all the friends of St. Tikhon's parish, as well as visitors and pilgrims, to join our parishioners for this celebration of our heavenly patron.

 A MESSAGE FROM HIS GRACE THEODOSY, BISHOP OF SEATTLE A MESSAGE FROM HIEROMONK IRENEI

Мир Вам и Божие благословение!

Подходит к концу церковный год. Приближается праздник Успения Божией Матери. В эти последнии дни Богородичного поста православная Церковь чтит памать великого подвижника благочестия - Святителя Тихона Задонского, который является нашим небесным покровителем. Большую любовь имел к сему угоднику Божию, всеми нами почитаемый св. Иоанн Шанхайский и Сан-Францисский. Не зря оба приюта им основанные, как Шанхайский, так и Сан-Францисский, вверялись в небесное заступничество именно святителю Тихону. Ибо знал наш архипастырь, что этот святой, как при жизни своей заботился о подростающем поколении, так и после перехода своего в Небесные Обители не оставляет тех, кто с верою к нему притекает. Особое внимание его было направлено к детям: 

« ибо таковых есть Царствие Небесное.» Н.З.

В жизни своей о главном заботился сей архипастырь. Царствия Божия и правды его с ранних лет взыскала душа его. Так он пишет для нашего назидания в своих трудах:

« Первейшее и самонужнейшее дело для каждого христианина есть стяжание вечного спасения.

Нужны нам во время земного странствования нашего одежда, пища, питие, жилище и другие подобные потребности; но спасение нужнее всего: оно так нужно, что все временное в сравнении с ним - ничто. Все имеет тот, кто стяжал спасение; и ничего не имеет тот, кто не стяжал спасения, хотя бы и весь мир принадлежал ему.» Св.Тихон.З.

Особенно важны для нас поучения Святителя Тихона Задонского о молитве, которую святые отцы сравнивают с дыханием души. Постараемся их не забывать:

« Да отступим от неправды, греха и беззакония, если хотим приступать к Богу неосужденно и для пользы нашей.

Прежде молитвы требуется во-первых, ни на кого не гневаться, не злобиться, но всякую обиду оставить, чтобы и самим Бог оставил грехи.

Во-вторых, надо примириться с тем, кого обидели или словом, или делом.

Без смирения неполезна бывает молитва. С такою верой и смирением и нам должно приступать к величеству Божию, когда хотим чего-либо просить и получить просимое, - помнить, кто мы и к Кому приступаем с прошением.» Св.Тихон.З.

Вознесем сему Небесному Светильнику свои прошения в день его памяти о том, дабы здесь на земле мы смогли стяжать Царствие Божие, а после смерти нашей удостоились войти в Небесные Обители, которые уготовал Господь любящим Его!

 + Епископ Феодосий 
Сиэтлийский
2010 год.

Beloved Fathers & Mothers, Brothers & Sisters!

Greetings and congratulations with the Feast of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk! As our parish celebrates its patronal feast, we send you our prayers and congratulations, as well as our intercessions to St. Tikhon for his blessing upon your life. At this time of our annual parish Feast, we express our gratitude to God, and to our heavenly patron, for the many blessings bestowed upon our small parish of St. Tikhon in San Francisco. Bearing in countless ways the memorable imprint of the life and prayer of our dear Vladyka St. John, our life as a parish community is called to emulate in some small way the spiritual dedication of both St. John and St. Tikhon. The Divine Services are kept, sung by our parish choir and served by our beloved bishop, clergy and altar servers, and we receive countless pilgrims who come to pray in the cell of St. John, to join in services to the Mother of God and the Saints, to partake of meals and discussion groups in our hall, once the site of St. John’s orphanage.


Through the many blessings we have received from God, we are always mindful of the spiritual strength that comes through the intercessions of our patron, St. Tikhon. In this humble man of prayer and self-denial, many were brought the Word of Truth through his constant labours, preachings, care for the poor and true witness to the Kingdom. St. Tikhon’s love for children, his dedication to prayer and to neighbour—these were the things that opened his heart to the heavenly realm, such that one day he was given a vision of his monastery transformed in light, with a voice proclaiming from above, ‘Behold, what is prepared for those who love God!’ In this way, he saw the glory of God in this life—just as the holy Apostles, in the feast of the Transfiguration we have recently kept, saw Christ’s glory ‘so far as they were able to behold it’ (Ode at Matins).


We pray that, through his intercession and our struggles in the spiritual life, we may discover in our own hearts a portion of that love which still pours forth from St. Tikhon upon who call upon him. We are called, he tells us, to cultivate love above all else. As he once wrote:


“Love does not seek its own; it labours, sweats, watches to build up the brother. Nothing is inconvenient to love, and by the help of God it turns the impossible into the possible. Love believes and hopes. It is ashamed of nothing. Without it, what is the use of prayer? What use are hymns and singing? What is the use of building and adorning churches? What is mortification of the flesh if the neighbour is not loved? Indeed, all are of no consequence. As an animal cannot exist without bodily warmth, so no good deed can be alive without true love.”


May our lives be blessed with such love! And on this feast day of St. Tikhon, may we dedicate our hearts to Christ with all our strength and all our power, so that our good deeds may ‘come alive’ in the love of the Saviour. Through the prayers of those righteous ones who have gone before us and who now pray for us in the mansions of the Lord, among them our beloved Father and Saint, Tikhon of Zadonsk, may we follow them into His heavenly Kingdom!

HIEROMONK IRENEI




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