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Arise, O God, judge the earth: for to Thee belong all nations!
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the sinner.
Let all the foundations of the earth be shaken!

(Psalm 82; Alleluia Verses at Holy Saturday Liturgy)


To the Reverend Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of the West

Dearly beloved:

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

Having traveled the desert of Great Lent, through the horrors of Golgotha and the Cross, to the empty Tomb, like the myrrhbearing women and the apostles we are witness to and are enveloped in the profound depths of God’s love for us. All of us, bound by sin and death, have been released by the sacrifice of the Virgin’s Son to be free in the reality of resurrection and the Kingdom of Heaven made manifest here on earth in the Church. Our existence is no longer captive to a fallen creation of sin and death, but has been invited rather to the freedom of Love Incarnate, Crucified and Risen.

The Psalmist quoted by the Church at the very first proclamation of the Resurrection on Holy Saturday hearkens to the messianic signs to be done when the Anointed One comes. He redeems the afflicted, the destitute, the weak and the needy. Christ is the risen Anointed One and we are the afflicted, the destitute, the weak and the needy. But it is in the Risen Christ that we find health, abundance, strength and plenty. The foundations of the earth have been shaken because death is no more — there is only Life.

May the risen Son of God shine brightly in the heart of each one of you, my children of the West! May we all bask in the everlasting glow of the Light that has overcome darkness! And I say to you all again:

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

Yours in the risen Christ,

Archbishop of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West

Call for Youth Participation and Volunteers at the 18th AAC - 04/04/15

Please find below a story from regarding youth events at the 18th All American Council in Atlanta, GA this July:

For years, the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, in conjunction with the Department of Christian Education, was very successful in reaching hundreds of youthful participants at the OCA’s All-American Councils [AAC].  This year’s AAC, slated to be held in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015, will be no exception.

Iconography Workshop - 03/18/15

Deacon Matthew Garrett will teach a class in iconography at Saint Nicholas of South Canaan Church, Billings, MT, June 15-20, 2015. Students, who do not need previous art experience, will complete icons of Saint George using acrylic gouache and 23K gold leaf.

The complete cost of the workshop is $475.00, which includes all class supplies, lunches and snacks. Registration is limited.  A $250.00 deposit is required by May 5.

To obtain additional information and/or to register, please contact Lisa Garrett at

Consecration of Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa - 01/25/15

Photograph galleries: Our gratitude to Aaron Brodeur for his photographs from the Friday Evening Nomination and Reception and the Saturday Divine Liturgy, Consecration, and Banquet. Photograps are also available from the OCA web site. Photographs from His Grace's first liturgy in Santa Rosa are also available.


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