“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you”(John 14:27).
Having gathered in an expanded session of the Synod of Bishops as we approach the feast day of the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign” in New York City, we, the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, warmly greet the clergymen and God-loving flock with the all-diaspora celebration of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign", the “Protectress” of the Russian diaspora.
We are approaching the centennial of the founding of the Russian Church Abroad, which continues to minister to its flock, scattered like Divine kernels of wheat throughout the world. Over the course of that time, the work of its Councils, the sessions of its Synod of Bishops, important ecclesiastical-social gatherings and various Church celebrations have all taken place under the auspices of the Kursk-Root Icon. This miracle-working image has accompanied Russian refugees fleeing cruel persecutors who dared to desecrate or destroy the holy sites of our Fatherland, murder archpastors, pastors and a multitude of believers, including the Royal Passion-bearers. The hundredth anniversary of the martyrdom of the latter was prayerfully marked in all the dioceses of our Church this year.
On November 24, 2018, members of the church school and parish of Holy Ascension Church undertook an annual pilgrimage to Saint Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California.
Hieromonk Paisius presided of the Divine Liturgy at which many of our parishioners received Holy Communion. Our Sisterhood donated the meal for some 70 monastics and pilgrims. Our pilgrims were fortified in body by the meal and edified spiritually by the reading at the time from the Synaxarion. Abbot Damascene heartily congratulated two brothers of the monastery with their Names Day, stavrophor monk Selathiel and novice Michael.
On November 11, 2018, Anatoly and Nonna Plasichuk participated in the Sacrament of Matrimony. Archpriest Paul Volmensky performed the ceremony. His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Richmond and Western Europe heartily congratulated the newly-weds at the end.
On November 10th, 2018, the miraculous Iveron-Hawaiin Myrrh-streaming Icon visited Holy Ascension Church for All-night Vigil. The holy icon streamed myrrh in abundance. After the Divine Servces, His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Richmond and Western Europe spoke about the holy icon and opened the case for all to see the miracle more closely.
On Saturday October 20, 2018, the Cossack Cadet School in Honor of the "Don" Icon of the Mother of God and the martial arts school Combat Karate came together for the "Pokrov" Cossack Games held at Holy Ascension Church.
The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia communicates to the plenitude of her clergy and faithful, and to her fellow Orthodox Christians throughout the world, her profound sorrow at the uncanonical undertakings perpetrated by the Church of Constantinople over the past days; in particular with regard to its Message of 11th October 2018. Simultaneously we express our complete support of the position taken by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow, following its meeting of 15th October 2018 and announced in its statement of the same date.
On October 14, 2018, the choir of Holy Ascension Church honored its patron Saint, Saint Roman the Melodist. His Grace Bishop Irenei of Richmond and Western Europe congratulated the choir conductor, Alexandra Volmensky, and all of the members of our choir and thanked them for their diligent and excellent work in leading the community in prayer. Lunch was enjoyed out in the parish yard on the warm autum afternoon.
On Monday September 24, 2018, the Monastery of Saint Silouan the Athonite observed its patronal Feast Day. The Divine Services were presided by His Grace Theodosy Bishop of Seattle.
On Sunday September 23, 2018, Holy Ascension Church marked the annual celebration of the Sisterhood's Feast Day in honor of the "Kursk-Root" Icon of the Mother of God (8/21 Septmeber). One of the very first icons of our parish is the "Kursk-Root" Icon, a copy of which was brought by clergy from San Francisco to Sacramento as a gift at one of the first gatherings of the parish founders way back in 1953.
Join our parish on October 13th for The 5th Annual Russian Festival in the heart of Downtown Sacramento!
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We announce that Leonid Barsukov reposed in the Lord Sunday September 16 at approximately 10:40 PM, an hour after receiving the Holy Mysteries.
On Saturday September 1, 2018, the Cossack Cadet School in Honor of the "Don" Icon of the Mother of God at Holy Ascension Church celebrated its feast day with the opening of the academic year. The day began with a procession to the church and a molebin at with time the clergy, teachers, pupils and their parents asked for God's blessing upon this endeavor. The day continued with Cossack sports and was completed with a fine meal.
Those interested in enrollment in our school should contact the school administrator Valentina Tkachenko.
On Sunday August 19, 2018, His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Fesat of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
On Thursday August 2nd, 2018, His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Patronal Feast at Saint Elias Church in Diamond Springs, CA.
From July 22-28, 2018, teenagers and members of parish school of Holy Ascension Church participated in diocesan sponsored youth workweek at Saint Silouan's Monastery in Sonora, CA.
On Saturday July 21, 2018, several parishioners of Holy Ascension Churh attended the Feast Day of the "Kazan" Mother of God and the "Kazan" Church in Guerneville, CA. Many thanks to those from our community that participated in the preparing the meal after Divine Liturgy.
On July 17, 2018, our neighboring parish in Reno, NV, which is dedicated to the Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia marked the Centennial of martyrdom of Holy Tsar Nicholas II and his family and servents. The Rector and parishioners of Holy Ascension Church undertook a pilgrimge to mark the patronal Feast Day and Centennial with the local founders and parishioners.
On Sunday July 15, 2018, the community of Holy Ascension Church marked the Names of Father Rector Archpriest Paul Volmensky.
Father Paul had just returned from a pilgrimage to Russia, his very first visit. This pilgrimage had been a gift from the parishioners given in 2016 on the occassion of his 30 years of service at Holy Ascension Church.
On May 28, 2018, the clergy and parishioners of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento joined other pilgrims of the Western American Diocese for the annual pilgrimage to Fort Ross, near Jenner, California.
On May 17, 2018, the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento celebrated its Patronal Feast Day.
On May 13, 2018, two infants were Baptized: Sebastian Loghin and Andrea Cazacu. The newly illumined were churched during the Divine Liturgy just before Holy Communion. A reception followed in the church hall where congratulations were offered to the newly-illumined infants, their god-parents and parents, and all mothers as well.
On Sunday May 13, 2018, Mother's Day was celebrated at Holy Ascension Church in various ways. Before Divine Liturgy infants Sebastian Loghin and Andrea Cazacu were baptised in honor of St. Sebastian of San Franciso and Jackson the Wonderworker and Holy Apostle Andrew the First-called respectively. After Divine Liturgy the community enjoyed shashlyk prepared by some of the men, while the salads had been prepared by the Sisterhood. Cakes marking the Baptisms made for a tasty dessert. At the end of the day all mothers, grandmothers, god-mothers, future mothers and anyone who had manifested motherhood in one way or another were invited to participate in a group photograph.
Congratulations to the Loghin and Kazacu Families with this triumphant day of the Baptism of their children. Many Years!
On Saturday the 5th of May, 2018, the 8th Annual Children’s Cossack Games were held at Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento under the direction of Stanislav Holokov a Semirechniy Cossack, Ataman of the Cossacks’ National Union and Dean of the Western American Cossack Cadet School in honor of the “Don” Icon of the Mother of God.
Pupils of our Western American Cossack Cadet School in honor of the “Don” Icon of the Mother of God under the artistic guidance of their teacher Oxana Marin performed in the 87th Annual Day of the Russian Child held at the Russian Center in San Francisco, CA, on April 29th, 2018.
On April 29, 2018, Samual and Ida Black were wedded in our church, after which they immediately relocated to Reno, NV, where both are attending school and working. Congratulations to this young couple. May God grant them many years!
His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento presided over Divine Services at Holy Ascension Church on Pascha this year, April 8, 2018. Below is a photo report by Ella Chichkan.
The Media Department of the Western American Diocese recently released a video report about the 11th Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference held in Seattle, WA, from December 26 to 30, 2017.
Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
With incredible pain we have received the news about the tragic events in the Kemerov Diocese which swept away the lives of a multitude of children. Now, moved by the Christian sense of sympathy and brotherly love, we are praying for the repose of those who have been lost and for the health of those lying in hospitals. And, we call for all possible assistance to all affected families through the Benevolent Memorial Fund of St. Archbishop John (Maximovich).
This great archpastor of the Russian Diaspora always hastened to the aid of the suffering, those in tribulation and those weighed down by the cross of life. He hastened with concrete help, with kind words of love, consolation, hope and prayer.
Let us follow, even if in small measure, ...
On the Sunday of the Cross, March 11, 2018, His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Divine Liturgy. Our church was filled to capacity, with many communicants as well. An annual dinner held on this day for decades was hosted for the secon year on a row by our women from Moldova. Many thanks for the labors and for sharing their traditional dishes.
On the 7th of January, 2018, the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, a new reader was tonsured for Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento.
His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Divine Liturgy on the Feast day, surrounded by clergy and a multitude of altar servers and faithful.