Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
“Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Thy glory above all the earth.”
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June 24, 2022, The 40th Day from the Repose of Metropolitan Hilarion First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

07/01/2022

On Friday, June 24th, 2022, the monastic communities and parishes of the Western American Diocese served a panykhida for newly-departed Metropolitan Hilarion who governed the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia from 2008-2022. Memory Eternal to our beloved Frist-Hierarch....

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Shashlyk Dinner Sunday July 17th after Divine Liturgy

06/30/2022

The Brothers of Holy Ascension Church will prepare a tasty Shashkyk Dinner on Sunday, July 17th, 2022. $15.00/person. Come and join us!...

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The Rector of the Parish Introduced to the Parishioners a New Additional Member of the Clergy, Priest Maxim Filippov

06/12/2022

On the great feast of Pentecost, June 12, 2022, Father Rector Archpriest Paul Volmensky introduced to the parishioners a new member of the clergy, Priest Maxim Filippov. Father Maxim will serve at the Holy Ascension Church as a non-salaried member of the clergy. He has come to Sacramento with his wi...

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The Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord was Marked on June 2, 2022

06/08/2022

The Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the patronal feast of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church, was marked on June 2, 2022, with His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill presiding over the festivities. Concelebrating with His Eminence were the Father Rector, Archpriest Paul Volmensky, Archpriest ...

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Schedule of the Celebration of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco Day, July 2nd, 2022

06/07/2022

The celebration of the holy memory of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker falls on Saturday July 2nd, 2022. Schedule: Thursday, June 30th at 7:00 PM -- Translation of the honorable relics and Akathist Hymn to Saint JohnFriday, July 1st at 6:00 PM -- The Greeting of His Eminen...

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The Panykhida on the 40th Day of Repose of Metropolitan Hilarion is Schedule for June 24th

06/07/2022

In its announcement on May 17th, 2022, the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia decreed that in all parishes of the Church Abroad a panykhida be served on the 40th Day from the repose of our newly-departed First Hierarch Metropolitan Hilarion.  A 40th Day panykhida...

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The Last Day of Church School at Holy Ascension Church for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

06/06/2022

Our church school, the Cossack Cadet School in honor of the “Don” Icon of the Mother of God, held its final day for the academic year 2021-2022 on Saturday, June 4, 2022.  The event began with Thanksgiving Molebin and a group photograph in the church and then the teachers and pupil...

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The Annual Pilgrimage to Fort Ross, May 30th 2022

05/30/2022

On Memorial Day, May 30th, 2022, clergy and faithful of the Western American Diocese took the annual trek to Fort Ross Historic Park to participate in the Divine Liturgy, procession to the cemetery and a litya for those departed who are buried at Fort Ross, who lived, labored and reposed at there ab...

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Archimandrite Anastassy (Newcombe) Remembered on the Day of His Repose

05/25/2022

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, the Day of Commemoration of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, His Grace James, Bishop of Sonora, presided over the Divine Liturgy at Holy Ascension Church. Concelebrating with him were Archpriest Paul Volmensky (Rector), Priest Aurelius Zmeu, Priest Elij...

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Wedding at Holy Ascension Church

05/25/2022

On Sunday May 8th, 2022, Ivan and Natalia Ivanov were wedded in the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony......

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An extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops convenes

05/24/2022

On Monday, 23 May, 2022, a meeting of the Synod of Bishops of the Russia Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was held, presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany. Participating in the meeting were His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Secretary...

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NEW YORK CITY: FUNERAL OF METROPOLITAN HILARION, FIRST HIERARCH OF RUSSIAN CHURCH ABROAD, HELD IN SYNODAL CATHEDRAL

05/23/2022

On Saturday, May 21, the feast of the Holy Apostle & Evangelist John the Theologian, the monastic funeral of the newly reposed First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad ‒ His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York ‒ was held in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in Ne...

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ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS

05/17/2022

On Tuesday, 4/17 May, 2022, the 15th anniversary of the restoration of the fullness of Church unity within the Russian Orthodox Church, and the eve of the anniversary of the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Chu...

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His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, reposes in the Lord

05/16/2022

Today, May 16, 2022, the feast day of St Theodosius of the Kievan Caves, at two o’clock New York time, following a lengthy illness, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, reposed in the Lord, in a NYC...

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Annual Pilgrimage to Fort Ross, Memorial Day, May 30, 2022

05/09/2022

With the blessing of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, all are welcome to join members of the Western American Diocese for the traditional pilgrimage to Fort Ross on Memorial Day, May 30th, 2022. The Holy Trinity/Saint Nicholas Chapel at Fort Ross is the first Rus...

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Paschal Celebrations Continued on Bright Monday

04/27/2022

On Pascha night, April 11/24, 2022, many of the faithful of Sacramento, CA, gathered at Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento. Participants in the cross procession around the church before the beginning of Paschal matins were so many that the crowd completely circumscribed the church,...

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Baptisms on Holy and Great Saturday, 2022

04/27/2022

On Great Saturday, April 10/23, 2022, 8 adult Baptisms were performed at Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento. These were people of varying ages and backgrounds who longed to be united to the Body of Christ. Seven of the newly illumined are members of Holy Ascension Church, and one ...

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

04/25/2022

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PASCHAL EPISTLE of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

04/24/2022

PASCHAL EPISTLE of His Eminence HILARIONMetropolitan of Eastern America and New York,First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Eminent Brother Archpastors, Honorable Fathers, Dear Brothers and Sisters: CHRIST IS RISEN! With a sense of jubilation in the Lord, the Victor over...

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Holy and Great Friday, 2022

04/23/2022

On Holy and Great Friday, April 9/22, 2022, the clergy, choir and parishioners of Holy Ascension Church celebrated the Divine Services commemorating the removal from the Cross and burial of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, and also His Descent into Hades....

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Lazarus Saturday: Holy Ascension Church Blessed with Baptisms

04/21/2022

On Lazarus Saturday, April 16th, 2022, the Church of Christ received several infants and a mother of two of them before Divine Liturgy at Holy Ascension Church.  Congratultions to the newly-illumined, their god-parents, parents, siblings and grandparents....

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Paschal Baskets Blessing Schedule

04/21/2022

The Paschal Baskets with meat, eggs and dairy products are scheduled to be blessed twice: 1) Saturday April 23rd, 2022, at 11:15 pm2) After the Divine Liturgy (April 24th around 4:00 am)...

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Ordination to the Diaconate at Holy Ascension Church in Sacramento, CA

04/03/2022

On the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, March 21/April 3, 2022, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America made a pastoral visit to Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento, CA. ...

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Sermon of Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany on the Need to Preserve Church Unity During Times of War

03/25/2022

Dear in the Lord Fathers, Brothers and Sisters: During these terrifying days when streams of blood merge with the flow of deceit and wickedness, we Christians cannot allow ourselves to submit to the spirit of war. The spirit of war is demanding. It requires us to divide into parties. It forces us t...

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Statement from the Chancery of the Synod of Bishops

03/25/2022

Rumors surfaced this week of the discontinuance of commemoration of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in some parishes of the Russian Church Abroad, allegedly blessed by the Synod of Bishops. This report absolutely does not correspond to reality: the Synod of Bishops did not con...

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Prayer for the Restoration of Peace

03/18/2022

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DONATE TO SUPPORT REFUGEES AND THE SUFFERING IN UKRAINE

03/18/2022

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His Holiness KIRILL Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Calls for Prayer to the Mother of God

03/18/2022

On March 16, 2022, His Holiness Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia published Address No. 01/1215 in which he calls upon the entire flock, clergy and laity, to raise up prayers of repentance. His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America turns to the clergy and children ...

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Donate to Support Refugees and the Suffering in Ukraine

03/10/2022

With the blessing of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, the Western American Diocese is organizing collections to benefit the refugees and the other innocents suffering from the present military conflict in Ukraine. We urge our faithful to be zealous in their s...

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Supplicatory Prayers for Peace in Ukraine

03/01/2022

His Eminence KIRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America has published Decree No. 4/2022E throughout the Diocese for the end to conflict in Ukraine. The original may be found here. + + + + + In addition to the “Prayer for Ukraine,” which is inserted by the Priests of th...

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Archpastoral Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion on Great Lent and on the Events on the Holy Ukrainian Land

02/28/2022

Dear in the Lord Brothers and Sisters: As we approach Great Lent, this salvific time of profound prayer and self-correction, and in connection with the events in the Ukrainian land, I turn to all with a heartfelt plea: to refrain from excessive watching television, following newspapers and the inte...

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Parish Yolka for 2022

02/14/2022

On February 12, 2022, -- the Feast of the Holy Three Hierarchs -- our church school held its Annual Parish Yolka. Due to several reasons, mostly the illness of many people in our school, the Yolka was not performed on the day that had been planned, January 15th, 2022......

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Annual Blini Dinner -- Take-out

02/11/2022

Holy Ascension Church is sponsoring an Annual BLINI Dinner on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Take-out$25/personchildren halfprice...

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Nativity Epistle of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western AmericaNativity Epistle of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

01/05/2022

The Nativity Epistle of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America may be read here. ...

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Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

01/05/2022

With profound gladness I greet my fellow archpastors, honourable fathers, monastics, parishioners and the worshipers of our churches, scattered throughout the world, with the Nativity of Christ, the Baptism of the Lord and the New Year! May the Lord send us all the joy of the coming of the Son of Go...

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A Christmas Bazaar by Babushka’s Take ’N Bake

11/18/2021

We are excited to announce that "A Christmas Bazaar by Babushka’s Take ’N Bake" is LIVE and taking orders at www.HolyVirginCathedral.com Order pick-ups will take place on Sunday, December 19 from 9am to 3pm at 6210 Geary Blvd, San Francisco...

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September 26, 2021 –– Honoring our Sisterhood

09/10/2021

The Sisterhood of Holy Ascension Church was dedicated to the "Kursk-Root" Icon of the Mother of God way back during the founding of our church in 1954. The Holy Icon's Feast is celebrated a few times during the year. Our Sisterhood celebrates the annual feast that falls also on the Feast of the Nati...

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

09/10/2021

JUBILEE EPISTLE of His Eminence HILARION, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on the Occasion of the 800th Anniversary of the Birth of the Holy Right-Believing Great Prince Alexander Nevsky and the Centennial of the I All-Diaspora Council...

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Sac County Public Health Issues New Health Order

07/29/2021

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A Golden Dome Now Caps the Kazan Church on the Russian River

07/16/2021

In anticipation of impending Feast Day of the “Kazan” of the Mother of God on July 21 of this year, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America arranged for the gilding of the cupola that crowns the Kazan Church along the Russian River in Guerneville, CA. Artisan...

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Annual Feast of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God Church in Guerneville, CA

07/16/2021

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Paschal Message of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

05/01/2021

Your Graces the archpastors, reverend pastors and deacons, all-honourable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters:  On this chosen and holy day, full of Paschal joy and glorious light, the life-affirming glad tidings are being passed on from mouth to mouth, from heart to heart...

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Paschal Greetings from the Parish Rector

04/30/2021

Christ is Risen! “Yesterday I was buried with Thee, O Christ; today I rise with Thine arising. Yesterday I was crucified with Thee; do Thou Thyself glorify me with Thee, O Savior, in Thy kingdom” (Paschal Canon, Ode III) Beloved Brothers and Sisters, Hastening to church to participate...

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Paschal Address of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill

04/30/2021

Reverend Fathers, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithfulof the Western American Diocese ROCOR:Precious Children of the Church, my beloved flock: CHRIST IS RISEN!...

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PASCHAL ADDRESS of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion

04/30/2021

PASCHAL ADDRESSof His EminenceHilarionMetropolitan of Eastern America and New YorkFirst Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad CHRIST IS RISEN!...

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Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

01/15/2021

NATIVITY EPISTLEof the Ruling Archbishopof the Western American Diocese ROCOR Reverend Fathers, Vernerable Monastics, Pious Faithful, Text may be read here....

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

01/15/2021

Your Graces, brother-archpastors, reverend fathers, beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord! GREETINGS ON THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST! By God’s ineffable goodness, we enter once more into the joyous days of the great feasts of Christ’s Nativity and Theophany. I sincerely greet you all with...

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Christmas Message by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

01/15/2021

Christmas Message by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monastics  and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church   Beloved in the Lord archpastors, all-honourable presbyters and deacons, God-loving monks and nuns, dear brothe...

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CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!

01/15/2021

Nativity Greeting from the Rector of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento,Archpriest Paul Volmensky Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ! “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim 3:16). For “when the fullness of the time was com...

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

12/05/2020

Your Graces Brother-Archpastors, Honorable Fathers,Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord! I sincerely greet you with the 725th Anniversary of the appearance of the miraculous Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God of the “Sign,” and with the Centennial of the founding of the Higher Chu...

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14th Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference, 2020

12/05/2020

The 14th Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference will be held remotely over Zoom in the evenings of December 28-30, 2020. Participation is free. However, registration is necessary. Registar here. Submit anonymous questions for the clergy panel here. Submit  anonymous quest...

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Statement by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad on the California Fires

09/02/2020

It is with pain of heart that I am following the events unfolding in California, which is engulfed in flames, making this the second worst fire season in the history of the state. And I hasten to express my profoundest sympathy to everyone. I prayerfully empathize with His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill...

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An Abbot and Psychologist in the USA: America is in a pre-revolutionary situation like Russia was in 1917

08/08/2020

The Monastery of the All-Merciful Savior is located in Washington State, which was one of the first epicenters of the coronavirus epidemic, then of the mass protests that have swept throughout most of the country. The head of this monastery, Abbot Tryphon (Parsons), a licensed psychologist before hi...

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The Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion Of Eastern America & New York First Hierarch of The Russian Church Abroad on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Glorification of Venerable Herman Wonderworker of Alaska

08/08/2020

Right reverend brother-archpastors, reverend fathers,beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord! Pushkin’s chronicler Pimen, passing on his life’s work to his student, said:"…To thee I hand my task. In hours exemptFrom the soul’s exercise, do thou record,Not subtly reasoning,...

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“We Wake Up Hoping That It Was All A Nightmare” – The Lessons of the Pandemic

06/18/2020

In other words, saying precisely when our lives will return to normal is very difficult. Like, on the other hand, answering the question will that life essentially be normal, i.e. as before. But we might, and I believe we should, take a different approach. That is to say we should try to understand ...

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The Feast of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker is Closed to Public Worship

06/18/2020

The annual Feast of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker scheduled for Saturday July 4, 2020, will be celebrated at Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco where the Saint’s honorable and miraculous relics repose. However, based on the current information available, the Di...

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On the Changes in the Mosaic of the Main Church Dedicated to the armed forces of Russia

06/13/2020

I would like to share my thoughts in connection with the discussion that has unfolded around the decoration of the mosaics of the main Church of the Armed Forces of Russia, recently built in Moscow. Since ancient times, temples and entire monasteries dedicated to various historical events have alwa...

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The Governor of the State of California Announces the Opening of Churches

05/25/2020

Today, May 25, 2020, the Governor of the State of California, Gavin Newsome, has declared that churches and all houses of worship are now open. The monasteries and parishes of the Western American Diocese within the State of California may enter into this new phase of reduced social distancing. How...

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The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fort Ross is Cancelled

05/23/2020

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the cancellation of our the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Fort Ross on Memorial Day, which would have been held this year on Monday May 25, 2020. It has always been a joyous day with the concelebration of the Divine Liturgy led by our hieararchs and surr...

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Response to the Latest News about Opening Churches

05/23/2020

On Friday May 22, 2020, the opening of churches within the United States, after  their closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was announced by President Donald Trump; the opening of houses of worship beginning this weekend. The President’s statement is welcome as the faithful look forward...

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The 40th Day from the Repose of Deacon Alexander Gousev of Reno, Nevada

05/18/2020

On April 9th, 2020, Deacon Alexander Gousev, a cleric and founder of Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia Church in Sparks, NV, reposed in the Lord. Alexander Gousev (Sasha) was born in the former Soviet Union on May 10th, 1962. He came to Holy Ascension Church in Sacramento, CA, in 1989. Sasha lived for s...

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Thomas Sunday, Commemoration at the Russian Orthodox Cemetery

04/26/2020

On Thomas Sunday, April 26th, 2020, Archpriest Paul Volmensky and a few parishioners went out to the Russian Orthodox Cemetery for the commemoration of the departed souls laid to rest.  It was not possible to hold our annual general panykhida and pinic due to the Orders of the Sacramento Healt...

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Orders from Sacramento County Health Department effective May 1-22, 2020

04/25/2020

The lastest Orders from the Sacramento County Health Department may be read here. ...

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Paschal Divine Services were Live Streamed

04/25/2020

CHRIST IS RISEN! The Divine Services for Pascha on April 19, 2020, were preformed behind closed doors in compliance with the Sacramento County Orders for quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Paschal Matins, Paschal Liturgy, blessing of the Artos and blessing of the Paschal baskets...

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Bright Friday: a New Icon and the Blessing of the Waters with a Cross Procession

04/24/2020

Bright Friday: On Bright Friday, which is also the Feast of the Life-giving Spring of the Most-Holy Theotokos, there was performed a Liturgy, and also  "The Lessor Blessing of the Waters" with a procession around the church. Also, on this day a new icon for our church of the Holy Equal-to-the-A...

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Vesperal Liturgy on Holy and Great Saturday

04/21/2020

The Divine Liturgy was performed on Holy and Great Saturday April 18 from 9:00 am. Father Rector presided and Alexandra and Maria Volmensky chanted and sang. ...

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Photogallery of Divine Services on Great Friday

04/20/2020

On Great Friday, April 17, 2020, the Father Rector Archpriest Paul Volmensky an his daughters performed the Divine Services for Vespers with the bringing out of the Holy Winding-sheet and Matins with the procession around the church. The Divine servcies were live-streamed using new equipment. Many ...

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Paschal Message of Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia

04/16/2020

Paschal Message ofPatriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russiato the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monasticsand All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church Your Graces the archpastors, venerable fathers,all-honourable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters: CHRIST IS RISEN! By the g...

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Full Suite of Texts for Holy Week

04/16/2020

Full Suite of Texts for Holy Week: Readers Services for Every Day of Passion Week, For Those Homebound During the Period of Covid-19 Pandemic Restrictions. Resources from the Diocese of London and Western Europe here. ...

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Paschal Epistle from His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, 2020

04/16/2020

Reverend Fathers, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithfulof the Western American Diocese ROCOR:Precious Children of the Church, my beloved flock: CHRIST IS RISEN! The voice of the Angel who proclaimed “He is risen!” has never been more longed-for than today, nor has our joy been deeper...

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Holy Ascension Church Observes Sacramento County Health Orders

04/15/2020

Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento is observing Sacramento County Orders concerning COVID-19....

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We Stand at the Threshold...

04/14/2020

An insightful letter about the coronavirus shared by Fr. Victor Potapov of St. John's ROCOR Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  I watch what is happening and I increasingly understand that mankind urgently needed such a shake-up!   Just think - how have we lived our lives ...

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Lazarus Saturday at Bethany Community of the Resurrection of the Lord

04/11/2020

During these holy days of Great Lent and Passion Week throughout the world, churches have been closed. By Divine allowance, government officials of many nations have, from fear of the spread of COVID-19, announced general quarantines, including in the Holy Land. Christians have limited access to hol...

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APPEAL OF THE FIRST HIERARCH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA TO THE GOD-LOVING FLOCK, IN CONNECTION WITH THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

04/01/2020

Dear in the Lord fathers, brothers, and sisters! I sincerely greet you with the very warmest well-wishes for the blessings of God, good health, spiritual calm, and the patience so needed in this trying time! I especially greet the doctors, nurses, and all who work in the hospitals, sincerely wishin...

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Archbishop Kyrill issues a Decree Pertaining to the Coronavirus

03/13/2020

Instructional Notice Concering Reception of Post-Communion and other Pracitices during the Spread of the Coronavirus: On Friday March 6, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill gave instruction to all of the clery of the Western American Diocese that zapivka (wine after communion) be served ...

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Peter and Elizabeth Henry Marked their 50th Wedding Anniversary

02/23/2020

Peter and Elizabeth Henry were honored  at the Annual Blini Dinner on Meat-fare Sunday, 2020, as they marked their 50th Wedding Anniversary on January 25th of this year. The parish hall was filled to capacity as the parishioners of Holy Ascension Church joined Peter and Elizabeth and their chi...

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02/11/2020

Annual Blini Dinner...

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Holy Ascension Church faithful Went out the Jordan

01/19/2020

On Sunday Januray 19, 2020, the faithful of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento "went out to the Jordan" to the participate in the Great Blessing of the Waters. ...

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Parish Yolka (children's Nativity program), 2020

01/11/2020

On January 11th, 2020, the Cossack Cadet School in honor of the "Don" Icon of the Mother of God at Holy Ascension Church held the Annual Yolka. See the photogallery below....

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2nd Annual Benefit Concert held at Holy Ascension Church

01/10/2020

Under the direction of Alexandra Volmensky, the choir of Holy Ascension Church performed the 2nd Annual Benefit Concert to aid in the beautifcation of our church.  ...

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Walk for Life West Coast - January 25, 2020

01/04/2020

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Old New Year Benefit Concert! Старый Новогодний Благотворительный Концерт!

11/22/2019

The Choir of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church is giving a benefit concert! The concert will take place on Friday January 10th 2020 at 7pm. All proceeds will go to the completion of our iconography in our beautiful church. Address: Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Chruch, 714 13th St. Sacrament...

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EPISCOPAL CONSECRATION OF ARCHIMANDRITE JAMES (Corazza)

10/05/2019

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“The Art of Church Prayer – in Practice”

10/03/2019

in Russin with sychronized translation Archpriest Dmytry Bolgarskiy Sunday October 6, 2019, in the church hall after Divine Liturgy Appetizers will be served....

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Western American Diocese Youth Workweek at Saint Silouan’s Monastery, 2019

05/11/2019

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Documentary Film about the Orthodox School of Bethany

05/04/2019

The Administrator of the Orthodox School of Bethany Nun Maria will be speaking at Holy Ascension Church on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm. Come, see, hear and support this school. Further details about the Bethany School here.  Below is a film that provides some background for the presentation ...

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Mother Maria (Wall), Administrator of the Orthodox School of Bethany will Visit Holy Ascension Church

05/04/2019

For the first time in the history of the Western American Diocese a representative of the Orthodox School in Bethany in Palestine will be visiting the West Coast from May 4th to 22nd, 2019. Mother Maria (Wall), is the Administrator of the school, which is of extreme importance in the region of the P...

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Paschal Greeting from the Parish Rector

04/27/2019

Christ is Risen! For behold through the Cross joy has come to all the world....

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11 Annual Great Lenten Retreat at Holy Virgin Cathedral

03/31/2019

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Second Day of Pascha: the Annual Easter Egg Hunt

03/31/2019

The Second Day of Pascha is a family day at Holy Ascension Church. Join the parish community during Bright Week for Divine Liturgy, a procession, a pot luck in the church hall and an Easter Egg Hunt for the children. The event begins at 10:00 am. All are welcome!...

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Blessing of the Paschal Baskets

03/31/2019

The Blessing of the Paschal Baskets will be prefromed in the church hall and yard twice:Saturday April 27 at 11:15 pm (please, do not be late)Sunday April 28: Pascha morning after Divine Liturgy...

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Unction at Holy Ascension Church

03/31/2019

His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill will preside over the Sacrament of Unction on Friday, April 19, 2019.Schedule:Thursday April 18 from 5:00 pm: ConfessionFriday April 19 at 6:00 pm: Unction Notes: 1) Only those who have received the Sacrament of Repentance and have a blessing may receive Unction. 2) I...

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Nativity Greeting of the Father Rector, Archpriest Paul Volmensky

01/05/2019

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Beloved in Christ, dear Brothers and Sisters! The Son and Word of God was not incarnate, did not speak to us, did not work miracles, simply so that we would become decent members of society or find a measure temporal happiness or magically live forever. The Word became...

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Parish Yolka (Children's Program)

01/05/2019

The Annual parish children's program Yolka, will be held on January 13, 2019, after Divine Liturgy in the church hall. 1) Pilaf after Divine Liturgy2) Yolka (pupils of the parish school will perform)3) Dyed Moroz (Father Frost) arrives ALL ARE WELCOME!...

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

01/05/2019

Eminent Brother Archpastors, honorable Fathers, beloved Brothers, Sisters and Children in Christ: I offer my words of greeting, which are inspired by Christian love, on this great feast of the Nativity of Christ! With a warm heart I wish you all that profound and inalienable peace, which was h...

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NATIVITY EPISTLE оf the Ruling Archbishop of the Western American Diocese ROCOR

01/05/2019

Reverend Fathers, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithful Christ is born! Glorify Him!...

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EPISTLE OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS to the Clergy and Flock of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

12/11/2018

“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 Out...

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Old New Year Benefit Concert

12/03/2018

The Concert is being given by the Choir of Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church Admission: adults $15, students $10, children 12 and under are free! The concert takes place in our beautiful church and will start at 7pm Tickets and seats are available from 6:15pm Program: the first half will co...

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Saint Sebastian's Day in Jackson, CA

11/29/2018

Friday November 30, 2018: Saint Sebastian of San Francisco and Jackson Day. Liturgy at St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Church in Jackson, CA, starting at 10:00 am. Come vernerate the memory and honorable relics of Saint Sebastian! Address:724 North MainStreet, Jackson, CA 95642...

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Pilgrimage to Saint Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, CA

11/24/2018

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 Sisterhoo...

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Wedding of Anatoly and Nonna Plasichuk

11/11/2018

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. ...

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The Iveron-Hawaiian Icon Visits Holy Ascension Church

11/10/2018

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 ...

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Lecture: Historical Significance of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

10/26/2018

Friday Novmber 9th, 2018: An Evening LectureHistorical Significance of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia With the blessing of His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America an evening lecture (bi-lingual) will be presented by His Eminence Archbishop Peter of Ch...

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XII Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference to be held in Placerville, CA

10/26/2018

St. Herman's West youth conference will be held at St. Elias parish in Diamond Springs, CA near Placerville Dec. 23-Dec. 28 this year! Registration and more details of the schedule are coming soon. We'll have Fr. Peter Perekrestov from San Francisco, CA and Fr. Moses Berry from Springfield, MO as s...

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Annual Panykhida at Mare Island, 2018

10/26/2018

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill the annual Mare Island Memorial service for Russian sailors is scheduled for SATURDAY, November 10th, 2018, at 11:00 am....

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"Pokrov" Cossack Games conducted by Two Schools

10/20/2018

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. ...

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Statement of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

10/18/2018

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 da...

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Parish Choir Marked Its Patron Saint

10/14/2018

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 excel...

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Parishioners make a Pilgrimage to St. Silouan's Monastery

09/24/2018

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. ...

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Annual Celebration of Our Sisterhood

09/23/2018

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 ...

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5th Annual Russian Festival

09/18/2018

Join our parish on October 13th for The 5th Annual Russian Festival in the heart of Downtown Sacramento! Holy Ascension Church714 13th Street Sacramento, CA  Our doors are open from 11am-5pm...

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5th Annual Russian Festival

09/17/2018

Join our parish on October 13th 2018 for The 5th Annual Russian Festival in the heart of Downtown Sacramento!  Holy Ascension Church 714 13th Street, Sacramento, CA  Our doors are open from 11am-5pm   ...

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Leonid Barsukov reposes in the Lord

09/16/2018

We announce that Leonid Barsukov reposed in the Lord Sunday September 16 at approximately 10:40 PM, an hour after receiving the Holy Mysteries....

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First Day of School, 2018

09/01/2018

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 t...

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The Feast of the Transfiguration, 2018

08/19/2018

On Sunday August 19, 2018, His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Fesat of the Transfiguration of the Lord. ...

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His Grace Bishop Irenei presided over the Altar Feast of St. Elias Church in Diamond Springs, CA

08/02/2018

On Thursday August 2nd, 2018, His Grace Irenei Bishop of Sacramento presided over the Patronal Feast at Saint Elias Church in Diamond Springs, CA. ...

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Fort Ross: From the Past to the Present, by Robin Wellman

07/31/2018

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Teenagers and Parish School of Holy Ascension Church participate in Diocesan Workweek at St. Silouan's Monastery

07/28/2018

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....

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Alar Feast at the Russian River

07/21/2018

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....

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Neighboring Parish observed the Centennial of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family

07/17/2018

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 ...

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Names Day of Father Rector

07/15/2018

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...

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Parish Pilgrimage to Fort Ross

05/28/2018

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.  ...

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Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento Celebrated its Feast Day

05/17/2018

On May 17, 2018, the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church of Sacramento celebrated its Patronal Feast Day....

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Saint John of San Francisco Day, June 30th, 2018

05/15/2018

The Annual Feast of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker will be held on June 30th, 2018, at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow." His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill is presiding. Schedule:Friday June 29th at 6:00 pm: All-night VigilSaturday June 30th...

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Annual Pilgrimage to Fort Ross, May 28, 2018

05/15/2018

The annual pilgrimage to Fort Ross, CA, will take place on the Day of the Holy Spirit, Monday May 28th, 2018.  Schedule:9:30 am Liturgy in the chapelProcession to the cemetery and Litya for the DeadLunch at the Kazan Church on the Russian RiverAddress: 17370 Neeley Road, Guerneville, CA 9...

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Double Baptism on Mother’s Day

05/13/2018

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 par...

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Mother's Day at Holy Ascension Church

05/13/2018

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. A...

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The 8th Annual Children’s Cossack Games were Held

05/06/2018

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 Cade...

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Mother's Day at Holy Ascension Church

05/03/2018

Mother's Day Dinner after Divine Liturgy on Sunday May 13, 2018: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy12:30 pm Dinner: ShashlykGroup of photo...

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Annual Parish Feast Day: Ascension of the Lord

05/02/2018

We celebrate our Parish Feast Day, the Ascension of the Lord, on May 17, 2018. His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America will preside. Schedule:9:30 am Greating of Archbishop Kyrill10:00 am Liturgy & procession12:30 pm Feastal meal and concert -- St.Petersburg Ensemble...

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The 8th Annual St. George's Cossack Games at Holy Ascension Church

05/01/2018

This Saturday the 5th of May, 2018, we will be holding the 8th Annual St. George's Cossack Games at Holy Ascension Church. We will begin at 9 AM with formation, molebin, and procession. The games will include wrestling with the belt, arm wrestling, and sword demonstrations. All students are to be...

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Members of the Church School Participated in The Day of the Russian Child

04/30/2018

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....

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Wedding of Sam and Ida

04/29/2018

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!...

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Pascha at Holy Ascension Church

04/08/2018

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....

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Video Report Covering the 11th Annual Saint Herman's West Youth Conference

03/29/2018

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....

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Appeal to the Parishes of the Western American Diocese on behalf of Those Who have Suffered in Kemerovo, Russia

03/29/2018

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 ...

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Blessing of the Paschal Breads

03/27/2018

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Sunday of the Cross, 2018

03/11/2018

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 ...

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Annual Three Hierarchs Academic Lecture

01/26/2018

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Bringing the Church to the World

01/15/2018

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Annual Blini Dinner at Holy Ascension Church

01/14/2018

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New Reader Tonsured for Holy Ascension Church

01/07/2018

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...

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Nativity Epistle of His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Wester America

01/05/2018

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Christmas Songs from Around the World

01/04/2018

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Great Consecration 40 Years Ago and the Relics of Holy Apostle Paul

11/22/2017

On Sunday November 19, 2017, at the end of Divine Liturgy the community of Holy Ascension Church performed a Thanksgiving Molebin, as is the parish custom on the Sunday before the civil holiday Thanksgiving. The sermon called attention to the contemplation of those good things, which God bestows up...

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Resolution of the Autumn Pastoral Conference of the Western American Diocese

11/18/2017

On the 8th of November, 2017, the Autumn Pastoral Conference of the clergy of the Western American Diocese came to its conclusion. The Eminent Bishops, priests and deacons of the Diocese have issued a Resolution in which are addressed the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution with its tragic ...

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A Video Report on the Youth Workweek at Saint Silouan's Monastery

11/16/2017

The Media Department of the Western American Diocese produced a video about the youth workweek organized at Saint Silouan's Monastery in Sonora, California, from July 2nd to 8th, 2017. This was a pilot program, with the intention of making the workweek an annual event....

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New Sticharions for Our Acolytes

11/14/2017

Dear Parishioners, As you may have noticed, the number of acolytes has increased and our vestry does not have enough sticharions in gold for our daily use. That is why the servers are wearing a variety of colors: gold, red, and even blue. It would be proper if every server’s vestmen...

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Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Sunday November 19, 2017

11/03/2017

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Iveron-Hawaiian Icon to Visit on December 3 & 4, 2017

11/03/2017

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Saint Herman's West Youth Conference to be Held in Seattle, WA

11/03/2017

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Video about the IV Annual Russian Festival

10/01/2017

Many thanks to Sergey Kuzmin for the video of our IV Annual Russian Festival (September, 2017)....

Annual BLINI Dinner

01/17/2017

Come to the Annual Blini Dinner on Sunday February 19, 2017, after Divine Liturgy. Held in the church hall. $15.00/person...

Forgivness Sunday

01/17/2017

On the Eve of Great Lent, Sunday February 26, 2017, vespers and the Rite of Forgiveness will be performed immediately following Divine Liturgy....

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The Enthronement of His Grace Irenei As Bishop of Sacramento

12/04/2016

On Sunday the 4th of December, 2016, on the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America visited Holy Ascension Church of Sacramento, CA, and enthroned a new Vicar, His Grace IRENEI Bishop of Sacramento, in hi...

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