Church of All Russian Saints
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR)
Burlingame, California, U.S.A.

Great Lent: March 2 through April 18, 2020      Pascha/Easter April 19

Upcoming Services on Livestream: 
Wednesday, April 1,  6:00pm Matins Great Canon of Saint Andrew
Friday, April 3,  6:00pm Matins Akathist Theotokos 
Saturday, April 4,  8:00am Laudation of the Holy Virgin
Saturday, April 4,  4:00pm Vigil Service
Sunday, April 5,  8:00am Liturgy
Father Dimitri Jakimowicz sends out weekly church service texts in both Russian and English.  Contact him at to request being added to his distribution list.  To read this week's Vesper and Liturgy texts, click here for Russian version, or click here for English version.


March 30, 2020 Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector:

Wednesday evening, April 1 at 6:00pm when the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete is read at the Matins service, Saint Mary of Egypt and her spiritual transformation from a great sinner to the heights of spiritual purity and sanctity is brought to our attention.  May the Holy Theotokos who called Saint Mary to repentance and Holy Saint Mary help us to turn from our sinful lives and proceed with fasting and prayer to the spiritual Heights we could attain with God’s help.


March 28, 2020 Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector: 

Saturday Vigil at 4:00 pm. Those wishing to have Confession and Communion should watch the services on our Livestream.  Sunday morning Divine Liturgy at 8:00 am. Services will take place behind locked doors. 


At the end of the Liturgy the Confession prayers and the Communion prayers will be read for all who plan to receive Holy Eucharist.  If you are planning to be a communicant, you must listen to these prayers.   


At the end of the Liturgy and Confession and Communion Prayers, be parked on the street around the church and check in with Andrei Roudenko and/or Alexei Kovalenko.  You will then be contacted when to enter the Church in groups of 4 to 6.  The prayer usually read immediately before Communion will then be read.  Each person will receive a Holy Particle of the Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord.  The Particle must be consumed immediately.  You then go downstairs, wash your hand and take the wine and bread (zapivka) and leave the church for the next party to enter.


Only less than 10 people, including clergy and assistants, can be in the church at any time.  Everyone is to comply with Social Distancing rules. Wipes or sprays will be given to anyone touching anything or kissing icons to protect themselves before and to protect others after contact was made. 


We must do everything possible to stem the spread of Coronavirus; please care for your fellow parishioners.



Lenten Spiritual Talks on Facebook Livestream by Bishop Ireney of the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe (ROCOR).  The talks will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7pm to 8pm British Time (noon time PST).

Monday March 23, 2020 1st talk, click here Subject:  "Insights from the Desert Fathers for the Interior Struggle of Great Lent". 

Wednesday March 25, 2020 2nd talk, click here.  Subject;  "The Foundations of Prayer: Prayer of the Lips and Prayer of the Heart"

Friday, March 27, 2020 3rd talk, click here.  Subject:  "Overcoming Judgement: How to Love One's Neighbour"

Monday, March 30, 2020 4th talk, click here.  Subject:  "How to Quiet the Mind: Practicing the Discernment of Thoughts."


March 23, 2020: The Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco is OPEN from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday; from noon to 5pm on Sundays.  Come in to pray, light a candle and venerate the Cross.                   


The Cathedral Clergy continues to serve the daily Liturgical Cycle, but these worship services are NOT open to the faithful due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

For questions, or to subscribe to the Holy Virgin Cathedral Parish Newsletter, email    Candle desk phone: (415)-221-3255


March 20, 2020  Mesage from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector:

May God bless, protect, guide and save all the members of our Parish Family, all their families, friends and acquaintances, all Orthodox Christians and all people throughout the whole world; May Our Lord, by the intercession and under the Protective Vail (Pokrov) of the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, the Power of the Life Giving Cross, the Angelic Hosts, Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco, All the Saints of Russia, and All the Saints help us go through this period of self sheltering because of the pandemic, in a way that is safe for us and helpful and considerate of our fellow man. God bless everyone!


Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem of Syria/Mолитва Cв. Ефрема Сирийского

"Господи и владыко живота моегω, духъ праздности, оунынїѧ, любоначалїѧ и празднословїѧ не даждь ми.


Духъ же цѣломѹдрїѧ, смиренномѹдрїѧ, терпѣнїѧ и любве, дарѹй ми рабѹ твоемѹ.


Ей Господи Царю, даруй ми зрѣти моѧ прегрѣшенїѧ, и не ωсуждати брата моегω, якω благословенъ еси во вѣки вѣковъ. Аминь."


"O Lord and Master of my life, grant me not a spirit of sloth, despondency, love of power, and idle talk.

But give to me, your servant, a spirit of sober-mindedness, humility, patience, and love.

Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to judge my brother, since you are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen."


Resource Available:  The “Lenten Triodion” is the Church Services Book, that compiles all the Great Lent Prayers, Hymns and Cannons of the Orthodox Church.  It includes the additional Lenten parts of the services from the first preparatory Sunday of the “Publican and Pharisee” (this year vigil Sat. Feb 8th and Sun. Feb. 9th) through all the Lenten services to Great and Holy Sabbath Saturday (this year April 18th). The LENTEN TRIODION is available here and will enhance your Lenten experience if you don’t have a print copy of the actual book.


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Church of All Russian Saints, Burlingame, California, U.S.A.
Православная Церковь Всех Святых в Земле Российской Просиявших в Burlingame, California
744 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010. Tel: (650) 430-9805

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