This past weekend, His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin presided at services in San Francisco marking the "the last day, that great day of the feast” (John 7:37). Pentecost, also called Trinity Sunday, is the celebration by the Church of the coming of the Holy Spirit as the end—the achievement and fulfillment—of the entire history of salvation. This special moment in the life of the Church is also the particular “altar feast” of Holy Trinity Cathedral, the see of the Archbishop of San Francisco and the West.
A special joy for the faithful of the Cathedral is the long-standing custom in the San Francisco Bay Area for clergy and faithful from nearby parishes to join the Vigil on the eve. At the vigil, His Eminence was joined by Archpriest John Takahashi (Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral), Archpriest Basil Rhodes (St. Nicholas Church, Saratoga), Archpriest Stephan Meholick (St. Nicholas Church, San Anselmo), Priest Philip Halliwell (Christ the Saviour Church, San Francisco), Priest Edward Henderson (St. John Church, Berkeley), Priest Andrew Smith (Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Menlo Park), Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov, and Protodeacon Brendan Doss. A festive reception for all of the faithful from area parishes was held following the beautiful vigil.
On Sunday morning, His Eminence and cathedral clergy served the Divine Liturgy, Kneeling Vespers, and a molieben with procession. Archpriest Peter Perekrestov (Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow”, San Francisco) honored us by concelebrating the vespers and molieben.
A photo gallery from the weekend services is available at http://www.holy-trinity.org/node/159 or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1199710593373621.1073741854.120603821284309&type=1&l=74f47b26d6