Holy Virgin Cathedral


Noteworthy as a San Francisco landmark, the Holy Virgin Cathedral serves as the spiritual center for the Russian Orthodox Church on America's West Coast. The parish here was established in June of 1927. Groundbreaking for the present-day Cathedral was conducted in 1961 and the building was consecrated in 1977. The beauty of the structure's onion-topped gold spires on the outside is matched by the exquisite frescoes found within the work of renowned iconographer Archimandrite Kiprian of Jordanville.

Other than Feastdays, when special schedules are in effect, services are daily, starting with the 90-minute Divine Liturgy at 8am and concluding with the 90-minute Vespers/Matins at 6pm. Copies of the monthly schedule can be picked up at inside the Cathedral at Candle Stand. Materials are also available in the church bookstore on Tuesday through Friday from 10:30am to 6pm or on Saturdays until 3pm.

For visitors, the Holy Virgin Cathedral is opened 20~30 minutes before and after services, which are conducted in the Slavonic language. English is used for Sunday Liturgies and Feasts for the Epistle and Gospel reading. The Cathedral is located at 6210 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94121-1822. Parking near the cathedral is metered, but no payment is required on Sundays and Public Holidays.

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