Parish activities

Schedule for next online services in our Church:

Friday at 5.35 p.m    (04/03/20)                                               Link:  

Saturday at 7.05 a.m.   (04/04/20)                                           Link: 

Saturday/Sunday (night service) at 10.10 p.m (04/04/20)    Link: 



Dear parishioners!

Dear Parishioners and persons interested in attending services at Saint Tichon Church,

It is with great sorrow that we must announce the closure of services to parishioners and the general public, effective immediately. Services open to parishioners and the general public will recommence no sooner than April 7th, 2020.
Based on the Diocesan Decree, the San Francisco Health Officer Order, and the Mayor’s Directive, we must limit large group gatherings and adhere to social separation in an emergency attempt to curtail further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Many of the most vulnerable populations regularly attend services and would be most affected.
Services will continue to be performed by Bishop Theodosy of Seattle and Father Anatoly. No other persons will be permitted to attend.
For those persons who feel they must receive Holy Communion, you must contact either Bishop Theodosy of Seattle (  or 415-412-4047) or Father Anatoly  directly by email or phone and submit your written request. An individual communion will be scheduled you.
Please take this time to pray at home.



Great Lent has begun. It is a time of repentance, prayer and fasting as we prepare for Christ’s Resurrection. It is a season of pensiveness and purification. We are asked to more frequently partake in Communion and spend time reading religious texts. We are also asked to reduce distractions in our lives, so that we can focus on the teachings of Christ. By correctly observing Great Lent, we redefine and strengthen our relationship with God and with those around us.



This evening we celebrated the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (all 4 sections) along with the life story of, as told by St. Sophronius of Jerusalem based on encounters with St. Zosimas, St. Mary of Egypt.  The refrain of  “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me” resonated throughout  the church as we held our candles and prayed.



      On this fourth Sunday of Great Lent this year we remember not only  Saint John Climacus, also known as John of the Ladder , but celebrate the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This holiday is one of the 12  major  Church Holidays and falls during Great Lent.  It  celebrates the announcement of Archangel Gabriel  to the Blessed Virgin Mary  that she will give birth to Christ  as recorded by the Gospel of St. Luke (Lk 1.26–38).  The Church colors change to blue in honor of the future Mother of God. 

      Since the Feast of the  Annunciation eases Lent to allow for fish, the Sisterhood prepared a meal with salmon after the Liturgy  so that we could receive sustenance for the body as well as the soul. 



      The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Christ. The Holy Cross of the Lord is placed in the center of the church in the middle of the lenten season to prepare the faithful for the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week.  The Holy Cross is also placed in the church to be venerated to remind us of our own individual crosses of sicknesses and difficulties that we are given as a result of our sins. The Lord reminds us that we should carry our individual crosses voluntarily and while giving glory to God, just as He carried the Cross of all people, for “He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt.10:38). 

       His Grace Bishop Theodosius of Seattle, Vicar of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia served the Divine Liturgy along with Father Anatoliy. 

      The annual parish meeting took place the previous Saturday evening before Vespers.  Past accomplishments and future goals were discussed. The financial situation remains the same as the previous years. The church would benefit from increased donations in order to remain financially viable. 


On the Sunday before the beginning of Great Lent, clergy and parishioners participate in the rite of Forgiveness Sunday. During this service, we ask for forgiveness from all whom we may have offended or hurt- either intentionally or not- in word, deed or thought.  Forgiveness Sunday  prepares us for our Lenten journey for :
If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses
 (Matthew 6:14).


We held our annual celebration of Maslenitsa on Sunday, March 3rd. This tradition has always been a unifying event at our parish, and this year was no exception. The sisterhood prepared blini using an old Russian recipe, which is pretty labor-intensive but definitely worse the effort. The guests were entertained by a heartfelt solo performance of our choir’s lead soprano, Maria Aliakrinskaia, and a small children’s choir from the Saints Cyril and Methodius Gymnasium. It was a fun and festive event that was well-attended and enjoyed by everyone.