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


Newest Posts to the Website: 

May 26, 2020:  Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector.  See below.

May 25, 2020:  Governor Newsom releases rules for churches to resume in-person worship.  See box and link below.

May 24, 2020:  Archpriest Serge Kotar's weekly spiritual email.  See the "Sunday Gospels" link at the bottom of the Home Page.

May 24, 2020:  Choir Director Andrei Roudenko's weekly email.  See the "Services and Saints" link at the bottom of the Home Page.

May 22, 2020:  Bishop Irenei's 3rd recorded talk.  See link below.




May 26, 2020 Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector: 

Christ is Risen!  By God’s gift and mercy, we have arrived at the giving up of the Holy Feast of Pascha/Easter.  We thank God and we pray we can treasure Paschal Joy in our hearts, day to day, and especially Sunday to Sunday (each one a micro-Pascha) through out the whole year. 
I know that many hearing of certain changes in the rulings concerning in-person worship attendance by the California State authorities are eager to know when they can again begin to attend our parish church services.  As mentioned before, we have our Ruling Archbishop’s new Decree allowing the gradual return to attendance in church contingent on regulations of both Calofornia State and County and Local  Heath Authorities.  So far, San Mateo County has not changed their rulings and therefore we are obliged to stay as we have been these past few weeks.  One of the important conditions for reopening is to have a properly working Air Exchange System in full working capacity and the Church Council is working to accommodate this essential requirement.  Other rules and procedures will be worked out and presented to all parishioners and faithful to make the safest conditions under which attendance will be made possible.  Please expect that there will be delays and inconveniences, we are all working to present the best alternatives in the parameters demanded of us by the State.
May God bless, protect, and save you.  INDEED HE IS RISEN!


May 25, 2020 Governor Newsom releases rules for churches to resume in-person worship

Places of worship can reopen effective immediately (given they are permitted to do so by local county guidelines, in our case that would San Mateo County) as long as they "limit attendance to 25% of a building's capacity - or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower" and follow social distancing rules.

Some of the new guidelines include:

  • Staff, volunteers and congregants are strongly recommended to wear face masks when in the vicinity of others
  • Congregants should be screened for temperature and other symptoms
  • Offering plates should not be passed around between worshippers
  • High traffic areas should be frequently disinfected
  • Areas must be rearranged to allow for 6 feet of space between people
  • Open doors and windows to encourage fresh air to flow inside

Full details can be found by clicking here.


Our Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame cannot reopen until San Mateo County issues new directives.




Upcoming Services on Livestream:
Tuesday, May 26, 2020:  4:00pm Vespers and Matins Service (last Paschal services of the year).
Wednesday, May 27, 2020:  8:00am Divine Liturgy - Apodosis of Pascha (Celebrated as on Pascha Day).
Wednesday, May 27, 2020:  4:00pm Vigil Service
Thursday, May 28, 2020:  8:00am Divine Liturgy - HOLY ASCENSION FEAST.
Saturday, May 30, 2020:  4:00pm Vigil Service
Sunday, May 31, 2020:  8:00am Divine Liturgy - Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
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. 


Spiritual talks with His Grace, Bishop Irenei (formerly Bishop of Sacramento, and now Bishop of Great Britain and Western Europe - ROCOR).


"As COVID-19 related restrictions on movement and public gatherings are taking place, Vladyka Irenei has agreed to continue with an expanded programme of on-line live talks, so that ongoing social isolation need not be a cause for an absence of spiritual instruction, conversation and nourishment".


On Facebook live-streaming: (7pm in Great Britain is 11am in California)

  • Friday, 15th May, 7.00 p.m. BST. Theme: “The spirit of Pascha and the transformation of our day-to-day spiritual lives.”
  • Monday, 18th May, 7.00 p.m. BST. Theme: “How to maintain faith in a world of doubt.”
  • Friday, 22nd May, 7.00 p.m. BST. (Summer feastday of St Nicholas the Wonderworker.) Theme: “Learning from St Nicholas: Returning to the fundamentals of true Christian life.”
  • Friday, 29th May, 7.00 p.m. BST. (Afterfeast of the Ascension.) Theme: “How do I acquire a peaceful heart?”

All of the above talks will be live-streamed via the Facebook Livestream feature, accessible on the dates and times indicated at the Diocese’s official Facebook page (click on the underlined words).


Shortly after each talk, I will post here the URL for the recorded version.


To see the recorded version of the May 15 talk, click here

To see the recorded version of the May 18 talk, click here

To see the recorded version of the May 22 talk, click here




April 19, 2020 Paschal Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector: 

We greet his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia KIRILL, Our Chief Hierarch His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, and our Ruling Archbishop, His Eminence KYRILL of San Francisco and Western America with the great feast of the Lord’s Pascha.  We also greet all our Parishioners, faithful Church Attendees, Stewardship supporters, Church Council members, Choir, Sisterhood, School Teachers, students, and all our Orthodox Church family; and all Orthodox Christians, may God bless you Abundantly with all heavenly and earthly good gifts.  May you be protected, guided and saved by Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ and may you stay healthy and safe through this difficult time of quarantine and this world pandemic.  Remember dear friends no one, no circumstance no thing whatever, can take away the Paschal Joy of the Feast of the Lord’s Resurrection, let us not let any circumstance diminish our Paschal Joy; let us forgive all for the sake of this feast and let us all IN OUR HEARTS, embrace each other and sincerely shout out CHRIST IS RISEN! Indeed, Verily, Truly HE IS RISEN!  ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ!  ВОИСТИНУ ВОСКРЕСЕ!  


Paschal Message of Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia

Russian Text 

English Text

Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad

Russian Text

English Text





Paschal Epistle from His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

Russian Text

English Text



April 3, 2020 Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector: 

We are having General Confession during this difficult time.  If anyone wishes to have a more complete and private confession, this can be arranged to take place over the phone, by calling Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko at 1-650-430-9805.  Call, and if I don’t answer, leave your name and number and Archpriest Stefan will call you back to speak directly.  Of course you should NOT leave a recording of your confession, 
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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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