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Welcome to Our Parish!

Welcome to the website of the Parish of the Protection of the Holy Virgin Mary, also known as Saint Seraphim Orthodox Church. We are an Eastern Orthodox Christian Church located in beautiful Santa Rosa, in the heart of California's Sonoma County.


What is the Orthodox Church? It's the original Christian Church founded by Jesus and continued by his Apostles. It is the same Church described in the Bible as the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ (1 Corinthians 12 : 27; Ephesians 5 : 23–25). Throughout its 2000-year history Orthodox Christianity has remained faithful to the teachings and practices passed on from the Apostles and early Church Fathers (2 Thessalonians 2 : 15). See this link to learn more.


Visit the Photo Galleries to see our two churches—St. Seraphim of Sarov and the Protection, the smaller wooden church, hand built by our founding members in 1936. You will also find glimpses of our Parish grounds, clergy and activities. Please see our CALENDAR,  MONTHLY BULLETIN and Weekly Announcements.

If you have questions about the Orthodox Church, or our particular Parish, please email me.  
Father Lawrence Margitich

April 25 – 27, Holy Monday – Holy Wednesday

• 6:30 AM, Bridegroom Matins

• Noon–3 PM: Confessions by appointment

• 4:30 PM, Confessions

• 6:15 PM, Presanctified with Reading of the Gospel


April 25 – 27, Holy Monday – Holy Wednesday

• 6:30 AM, Bridegroom Matins

• Noon–3 PM: Confessions by appointment

• 4:30 PM, Confessions

• 6:15 PM, Presanctified with Reading of the Gospel


28 - Great and Holy Thursday

  • 11:30 AM, Vesperal Liturgy. Liturgy of the
    Mystical Supper
  •  7 PM, Matins of Holy Friday, with the Twelve Passion Gospel Selections


29 - Great and Holy Friday ~ Strict Fasting Day

• 9 AM, Royal Hours

• 3 PM, Vespers with bringing out of the Holy Shroud Icon

• 7 PM, Matins of Holy Saturday, with Lamentations and Procession around the Church

• Reading of the Psalms all night     


April 30 - Great and Holy Saturday - Strict Fast Day

• Noon, Exorcisms, Blessing of Water for Baptism

• 1 PM, Vesperal Divine Liturgy with the 15 Old Testament Readings, Baptism

Resume fasting at 7 PM. Continuous reading of the Book of Acts 5 PM–11:30 PM Saturday night


✠     The Resurrection of our Lord, and God, and Saviour Jesus Christ     ✠

Saturday, 11:30 PM Nocturn, Paschal Matins & Divine Liturgy at Midnight

Followed by the Blessing of Food, and the Agape Meal in the Hall.

Please bring your own Pascha food baskets with food to share with others


• May 1, Pascha Sunday, 1 PM

Paschal Vespers, followed by Potluck BBQ & Picnic at the Church


• May 2, Bright Monday

9 AM, Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy, Vladyka Benjamin to preside


• May 3, Bright Tuesday

9 AM, Paschal Hours and Divine Liturgy

6 PM, Paschal Vespers


• May 4, Bright Thursday

6 PM, Paschal Vespers


• May 6, Bright Friday

6 PM, Paschal Vespers (with hymns for St. George the Great Martyr


• May 7, Bright Saturday

9 AM, Paschal Liturgy and feast of St George (moved from April 23)






Listen to the lectures given by Mother Melania, from the Women's Retreat 04/09/2016




Ancient Faith Radio
Orthodoxy in America



Donation Corner



This link takes you to a set of drawings for frescos for the entire church building.

The drawings indicate which frescos are completed,
which are commissioned but not yet painted,
and which are in need of commissions. 

Make a Donation to the Fresco Fund (PayPal)
Make a Donation to our St. Seraphim Church Building Fund (PayPal)
Make a General Donation (PayPal)
Internship Donation


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    5 PM, Great Vespers or Vigil, as posted (preceeded and followed by Confessions)

    8:45 AM, Matins (Confessions heard during Matins)
    10 AM, Divine Liturgy (followed by the Agape Meal)

    6 PM, Vespers

  • Feast Days this month as shown in the monthly  CALENDAR