The Parish School had its Final Day for the Academic Year - 05/27/2023
Teachers, students, parents, and relatives of the Cossack Cadet School in honor of the "Don" Icon of the Mother of God heard the last "call" for the 2022-2023 academic year on May 27 this year.
The program began with a Thanksgiving Moleben in the church. And after that, everyone gathered in the church hall where the teachers congratulated the children on the occasion of the end of the school year. And the pupils showed their knowledge by reading poems in Russian and prayers in Church Slavonic.
The Baptism of Xenia Adamenko - 04/22/2023
On Bright Saturday, April 22, 2023, infant Xenia (Darina) Adamenko was Baptised at Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento. Congratulations to Xenia's sponsors, parents, brothers, sister, grandparents and all of her family.
Procession and Easter Egg Hunt on Bright Monday - 04/17/2023
On Bright Monday, April 17, 2023, the clergy and faithful, and of course, the children of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento, partook of the joy of the Resurrection of Christ by participating in the Divine Liturgy, procession, and an Easter Egg Hunt, which followed a meal in the church hall.
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Paschal Greeting from the Father Rector - 04/16/2023
Christ is Risen!
In the canon of Paschal Matins, it is exclaimed that our Lord Jesus appeared to the Holy Myrrh-bearing women and to His disciples. “The godly-wise women followed after Thee in haste; but Him Whom they sought with tears as dead, they worshipped joyfully as the living God, and they brought unto Thy disciples, O Christ, the good tidings of the mystical Pascha” (Ode VII).
Our Resurrected Lord manifested Himself many times during the forty days before His Divine Ascension and Session at the right hand of the Father, in this way preparing them for the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. And, indeed He continues to reveal Himself in glory to new disciples from generation to generation, even as He appeared to the Holy Apostle Paul well after Pentecost. “Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time” (I Cor. 15: 8).
But if God desires that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Tim 2:4) and loves even His enemies, why did He limit the vision of His radiant Resurrection to those who were close to Him and not all people? Would not the power and glory of His Resurrected presence be of assistance to those who mocked Him and crucified Him, so that they too could see and believe, and therefore be saved?
Paschal Epistle of the Ruling Hierarch of the Western American Diocese - 04/16/2023
Reverend Fathers, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Western American Diocese:
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
The days that our Savior Jesus Christ brings to us in this life are often filled with joy, but they are sometimes filled with sorrows. We are experiencing such sorrowful days today, of the sort which many of us thought, and hoped, we would not experience again in this lifetime. Memories of the revolution and the grave injustices that for so many decades followed it are renewed in our minds with unwelcome freshness. We recall anew the sufferings of our ancestors. We are drawn again to the testimony of the New Martyrs and all that they suffered in the previous generation for the sake of Christ. And driven by such memories, and by the Lord’s commandment, we pray for those who are suffering, everywhere, especially our closest brethren in the Holy Orthodox Faith, and for their salvation.