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His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill issues a Decree for Liturgical Practices in Regions where Quarantine Restrictions are Mandated - 03/18/20

His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Franciso and Western America has issued Decree 6E/2020 in which he provides a directive for liturgical practices to be followed at all parishes, monsteries and missions of the Diocese in regions where new government quarantine restrictions relating to the coronavirus have made it impossible / illegal to serve public services for a time. 


Archbishop Kyrill issues a Decree Pertaining to the Coronavirus - 03/13/20

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 to the communicants from individual disposable cups until the Coronavirus ends. There is to be placed a paper bag for cup disposal next to the zapivka table.


Radiant Events Added to the Joyous Patronal Feast Day of the Church of Saint Herman of Alaska in Sunnyvale, California - 01/03/20

On December 12/25, the St Herman of Alaska Church in Sunnyvale, CA celebrated their parish feast day. This was an especially joyful event for the members of the parish as both our ruling hierarch, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America and our new diocesan vicar, His Grace JAMES Bishop of Sonora presided together at the Divine Services.

The parish’s joy was multiplied as long time parishioner...


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Patriarch Kirill Congratulates Archbishop Kyrill with His 65th Birthday - 11/22/19

On November 21st, 2019, His Holiness KIRILL Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia congratulated His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Fransciso and Western America with his 65th Birthday. Below is a translation of the Patriarch's letter.


Exhortation to Bishop James Upon Receiving the Crozier - 11/13/19

Your Grace, Bishop James!

This day, through the laying on of hands, you have received the Grace of the Holy Episcopacy. You have been summoned to the highest office of Holy Mother Church...


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