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sf slava 2017 007У недељу 1. октобра 2017 године Његово Преосвештенство Епископ западномаерички Господин Максим служио је свету архијерејску литургију у саборном храму Светог Јована Крститеља у Сан Франциску поводом парохијске крсне славе.

Преосвећеном Владици Максиму су саслуживали о. Слободан Јовић парох из Саратоге и архијерејски намесник, о. Василије Цвијановић парох из Мораге, о. Зоран Савић парох из Окланда и о. Ђурица Гордић, месни парох.

После свете Литургије и резања славског колача следио је славски ручак на коме су заслужни парохијани, Божидар Боб Лазић и Стеван Давидовић за своје заслуге примили Архијерејске грамате признања од Преосвећеног Епископа Максима. Славу саборног храма у Сан Франциску увеличао је велики број парохијана из Сан Франциско залива.




APRIL 8, 2017 
LAZARUS SATURDAY - Лазарева субота
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM

VRBICA - Вечерње
Vespers 5:00 PM
with Sunday-School Children

April 9, 2017
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM

April 13, 2017
GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY - Велики четвртак 

St. Basil’s Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM
The Great Vigil: reading of 12 Passion Gospels at 7:00 PM

 April 14, 2017
Vespers with Laying of Holy Shroud and 
Burial Service with Procession at 6:00 PM

April 15, 2017
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM - Resurrection Matins at 11:00 PM

April 16, 2017
Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM
Easter Banquet at 1:00 PM

April 17, 2017
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM

April 18, 2017
Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM 


The Feast of St. Sava, the Great Archbishop, Enlightener, and Teacher, was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Cathedral on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The day's festivities began with the Divine Liturgy followed by the Blessing of the Festal Bread, a Slava Banquet, and a program of poem recitations and musical presentations by the children of the Cathedral.

2016 11 13 san francisco 002An Orthodox community had formed in San Francisco in 1858, called the “Greek-Russian Slavonian Eastern Church and Benevolent Society.” The community consisted of Russians, Serbs, Greeks, and Syrians who had come to California in the first years of the Gold Rush. Today, the city of San Francisco, the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, has many Orthodox Parishes. The dawn of the history of the Serbian Parish of Saint John the Baptist begins with the arrival of the late Right Reverend Father Archimandrite George Kodzic in San Francisco in February of 1919.

On November 13, 2016, His Grace Bishop Maxim served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in our Cathedral. After the Matins, and prior to the Divine Liturgy, Luka Erceg, dedicated parishioner and church council member was honored to receive the first degree order, by being tonsured a reader (čtec) by His Grace. The tonsuring occurred following the Great Doxology. Luka was led by Father Djurica and Deacon Vladan to the center of the solea in front of the Bishop. Following three prostrations toward the Holy Altar and one prostration before His Grace Bishop Maxim.  His Grace then laid his hand on Luka’s head and both the Deacon and His Grace led the prayers of the tonsuring. Luka has been assisting Fr. Djurica in the Altar since he moved to San Francisco few years ago. Many parishioners were present along with Luka’s family. The ordination or tonsuring of a reader (čtec) is a first degree order.  It is a commitment by the new reader to continue learning and reading of our Lord Jesus Christ with the goal of serving our Lord, His Church, and the community.  It is not an accolade, rather a commitment to even more service to our Lord.  The ordination may continue to further ministry, or not.  As always, we seek to follow to the lessons of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this is another path.

His Grace Bishop Maxim delivered a sermon, explaining our Lord’s story of the sower and the seed, from Sunday's Gospel reading according to St. Luke. It was a pleasurable day for all, and was completely unexpected as His Grace was not scheduled to be in San Francisco that day. He said that as Orthodox we live the mystery of the new creation in a totally different way: we are in another world, a different atmosphere, and way of thinking.

Following the Divine Liturgy His Grace Bishop Maxim, along with clergy and all faithful gathered in church hall for lunch prepared by parish board president Stan Grgich. Bishop Maxim, also, thrilled and delighted the children with his famous “candy rain”!


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