Friday, March 27 / March 14 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day The interior of our monastery’s temple. Saints of the Day March 14 / 27. St. Benedict of Nursia, abbot. St. Euschemon, Bishop of Lampsacus. St. Theognostus, Metropolitan of Kiev and Moscow. St. Rostislav-Michael, prince of Kiev. Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of St.…

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

Thursday, March 26 / March 13 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day The monastery’s icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarav. Saints of the Day March 13 / 26. Translation of the Relics of St. Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople. Martyr Alexander of Macedonia. Martyr Sabinus (Abibus) of Egypt. Martyrs Africanus, Publius and Terence of Carthage. Martyr Christina…

New Icons for Iconostasis

Wednesday, March 25 / March 12 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Painted by Matushka Ann Margitich of Santa Rosa, California, these two new icons now grace the iconostasis of our temple. Saints of the Day March 12 / 25. St. Theophanes the Confessor of Sigriane. Righteous Aaron, brother of Moses the God-seer. Righteous Phineas, grandson…

New Icons Installed on Iconostasis

Tuesday, March 24 / March 11 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Painted by Matushka Ann Margitich of Santa Rosa, California, this is the icon of the Holy Virgin, which now graces the iconostasis of our temple. Saints of the Day March 11 / 24. St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem. St. Euthymius, Bishop of Novgorod. Hieromartyr…

New Icons Installed on Iconostasis

Monday, March 23 / March 10 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Painted by Matushka Ann Margitich of Santa Rosa, California, this is the icon of Christ, which now graces the iconostasis of our temple. Saints of the Day March 10 / 23. Martyrs Codratus (Quadratus) and with him Cyprian, Dionysius, Anectus, Paul, Crescens, Dionysius (another),…

New Icons Installed on Iconostasis

Sunday, March 22 / March 9 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Veneration of the Holy Cross Photo of the Day: Our newly acquired icons have now been installed in the iconostasis of our monastery’s temple. They were painted by Matushka Ann Margitich, wife of Archpriest Lawrence, rector of Saint Seraphim of Sarav Church in Santa Rosa, California. Matushka Ann…

The Grave of Archimandrite Dimitry

Saturday, March 21 / March 8 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day The grave of the Ever Memorable Archimandrite Dimitry of Santa Rosa, my late spiritual father. I always visit his grave in  Healdsburg, California, located just north of Santa Rosa, when traveling up Highway 101, on my return trip to the monastery. Saints of the…

Matushka Ann Margitich, iconographer

Friday, March 20 / March 7 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Matushka Ann Margitich (Saint Seraphim Church, Santa Rosa, CA)  together with the icons she has written for our Monastery’s iconostasis. Saints of the Day March 7 / 20. Hieromartyr of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius, and Agathadorus. St. Paul the Confessor, Bishop…

Thursday, March 19 / March 6 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Temple in black and white. Saints of the Day March 6 / 19. The 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia, including Constantine, Aetius, Theophilus, Theodore, Melissenus, Callistus, Basoes and others. St. Arcadius, monk of Cyprus. Monk-martyrs Conon and his son Conon of Iconium. The…

Holy Virgin Cathedral

Wednesday, March 18 / March 5 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Holy Virgin, Joy of All Who Sorrow, Russian Orthodox Cathedral, San Francisco, CA., site of the Lenten Pastoral Conference. Saints of the Day March 5 / 18. Martyr Conon of Isauria. Martyr Conon the Gardener of Pamphylia. Virgin Martyr Irais (Rhais) of Antinoe in…

Holy Protection Temple

Tuesday, March 17 / March 4 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Photo of the Day Protection of the Holy Virgin Monastery Church, with the yet to be completed “Way of a Pilgrim” bookstore on the left. Saints of the Day March 4 / 17. St. Gerasimus of the Jordan. Martyrs Paul, his sister Juliana, and Quadratus, Acacius, and Stratonicus,…

Holy Virgin Cathedral

Monday, March 16 / March 3 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day March 3 / 16. Martyr Eutropius of Amasea, and with him Martyrs Cleonicus and Basiliscus. RR. Zeno and Zoilus. St. Piama, virgin, and St. Alexandra, of Alexandria. St. Caluppan of Auvergne (Gaul). (Greek Calendar: Hieromartyr Theodoretus of Antioch. Thought for the Day I arrived…