Protocols for Places of Worship (Appendix F) issued by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health on 19
December 2020, places of worship are permitted to offer faith-based services, or otherwise allow access for faith-based practices,
indoors and outdoors, provided that strict physical distancing is followed, which requires a minimum of six feet between persons
from different households. Face coverings or masks that cover both the nose
and mouth must be worn at all times while on site.
Places of worship are strongly encouraged to continue to hold faith-based services outdoors to the maximum extent possible.
In a letter to pastors dated 21 December 2020, Archbishop Jose
Gomez noted that it will be safer to continue celebrating outdoor services. This will remain the practice in our parish.Our weekday
Matins services are only available via telephone conference call - no in-person congregation. If you would like to participate,
please contact Father Alexei.
Anyone who is in a vulnerable population is encouraged
to remain at home and participate via our live-streamed Liturgy which will continue and can be accessed at:
Please take a look at our new "Educational Resources" page
Outdoor Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. - in-person
and via live-stream. (See In-Person Attendance note below)
Annual Week of Prayer
for Christian Unity Service, 3:00 PM via Zoom. Please see note below.
There are no events scheduled for today.
There are no events scheduled for today.
Feast of the Translation of the Relics of
Saint John Chrysostom
Mains, 8:00 a.m. via Zoom
South Coast Interfaith Council presents “Religion 101:
The Eastern Rite of the Catholic Church” with Father Alexei and our church as the focus, 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Obtain Zoom link by registering with
of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Matins, 8:00 a.m. via Zoom.
There are no events scheduled
Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. - available in-person and via live-stream. (See In-Person Attendance note below)
In our parish, those who wish
to attend an outdoor service must pre-register with Father Alexei piror to midnight on the Friday before a Sunday Liturgy.
This is in order to determine how many chairs to set out and for tracking purposes. Limited shade will be provided.
However, it is recommended that attendees provide their own -- either hats or umbrellas and/or sunscreen. Umbrellas
can be either handheld or beach-style which can be secured in the lawn. Face coverings are mandatory, even though we
are outdoors, as is physical distancing.
Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The theme for the 2021 Week of
Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18th – 25th, is “Abide in my love…
you shall bear much fruit” [John 15.1-17]. This year, the Southern
California Christian Forum has asked our parish to host its Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service.
Due to the pandemic, this Service must be via Zoom, and will take place on Sunday, January 24th, at 3:00 PM. Please see our page entitled "Flyer for Christian Unity Service" for
additional information and Zoom link registration.
prayer was authored by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute: we suggest you include it in your prayers this
Gracious Lord, we pray for all the members
of your holy Church, that all may abide in you and you in them, that they may be one in your love and bear much fruit. We also pray for the world, that all may come to believe in your love for them
by the fruit of our witness. We know that our divisions are a source of scandal
to your world, and we know that in love we are called to unite as one in the vine and branches.
The vine is our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. We are meant to be his
branches. Help us we pray, to love, to forgive, to seek justice and to be
your prophetic voice in the world. May your grace effect growth of good
fruit among us, that our world may realize peace. We ask all of this in the
name of Jesus, your Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.
Please also see the related article in this week’s “Father Quotes”.
House Blessings - Postponed
Due to the Pandemic, House Blessings that traditionally take place at this time will be postponed
until it is safer for us to gather together in private homes.
Restorative Tai Chi is Back!
Classes in Restorative Tai Chi are offered Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m., Saturday morning at 11;00 a.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Newcomers
are welcome! Classes are small, with proper physical distancing observed. Cost: $15.00 and a food donation for
CASE. Packages are available at reduced rates.
A Note from Your Pastor
We are living in a period of challenge,
uncertainty, and anxiety. With "Liturgies without Congregations" we are bereft not only of community support
but also of financial support. Yet our expenses continue. Please consider sending your Sunday offering to the
parish on a regualr basis. We have now established a Givelify online account whch
wil enable you to electronically make deposits directly into our church bank account. Please
see the link on the Homepage.
you have an email address, please provide Father Alexei with it at frARSmith@la-archdiocese.org in order to keep better connected
during this pandemic
Spread the Word!
Following the theft of the proceeds of our 2017 Yard Sale, which were designated to help fund the repairs
to our blue cupola on the side of our church, we have established a GoFundMe account to not only recoup the stolen proceeds
from the Sale but also to assist in funding the repairs.
In an effort to assist those members of our parish who
are struggling financially due to the faltering economy, loss of employment or decreased retirement benefits, the parish established
the Saint Xenia Charitable Fund. Father Alexei alone administers this fund, and all disbursements and contributions are
kept strictly confidential. Since its establishment, the Saint Xenia Fund has been able to assist several of our parishioners
with partial rent payments, money for food, purchase of job-related necessities, payment of utility bills and medications.
Should you wish to assist us in helping our own, please place your cash donation (Father will provide you with a receipt
for tax purposes should you desire it) in an envelope marked "Saint Xenia Fund" and give it directly to Father.
Disbursements are made in cash to protect anonymity.
And who is Saint Xenia? Well, here is her story......
Saint Xenia lived during the eighteenth century,
but little is known of her life or of her family. She passed most of her life in Petersburg during the reigns of the empresses
Elizabeth and Catherine II.
Petrova was the wife of an army officer, Major Andrew Petrov. After the wedding, the couple lived in St Petersburg. St Xenia
became a widow at the age of twenty-six when her husband suddenly died at a party. She grieved for the loss of her husband,
and especially because he died without Confession or Holy Communion.
Once her earthly happiness ended, she did not look for it again. From that time forward, Xenia lost
interest in the things of this world, and followed the difficult path of foolishness for the sake of Christ. The basis for
this strange way of life is to be found in the first Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:18-24, 1 Cor. 2:14, 1 Cor. 3:18-19).
The Lord strengthened her and helped her to bear sorrow and misfortune patiently for the next forty-five years.
She started wearing her husband's clothing, and insisted that she
be addressed as "Andrew Feodorovich." She told people that it was she, and not her husband, who had died. In a certain
sense, this was perfectly true. She abandoned her former way of life and experienced a spiritual rebirth. When she gave away
her house and possessions to the poor, her relatives complained to the authorities. After speaking to Xenia, the officials
were conviced that she was in her right mind and was entitled to dispose of her property as she saw fit. Soon she had nothing
left for herself, so she wandered through the poor section of Petersburg with no place to lay her head. She refused all assistance
from her relatives, happy to be free of worldly attachments.
When her late husband's red and green uniform wore out, she clothed herself in rags of those colors. After
a while, Xenia left Petersburg for eight years. It is believed that she visited holy Elders and ascetics throughout Russia
seeking instruction in the spiritual life. She may have visited St Theodore of Sanaxar (February 19), who had been a military
man himself. His life changed dramatically when a young officer died at a drinking party. Perhaps this officer was St Xenia's
husband. In any case, she knew St Theodore and profited from his instructions.
St Xenia eventually returned to the poor section of Petersburg, where she was mocked and insulted
because of her strange behavior. When she did accept money from people it was only small amounts, which she used to help the
poor. She spent her nights praying without sleep in a field outside the city. Prayer strengthened her, and in her heart's
conversation with the Lord she found the support she needed on her difficult path.
When a new church was being built in the Smolensk cemetery, St Xenia brought bricks to the site.
She did this in secret, during the night, so that no one would know.
Soon her great virtue and spiritual gifts began to be noticed. She prophesied future events affecting
the citizens of Petersburg, and even the royal family. Against her will, she became known as someone pleasing to God, and
nearly everyone loved her.They said, "Xenia does not belong to this world, she belongs to God." People regarded
her visits to their homes or shops as a great blessing. St Xenia loved children, and mothers rejoiced when the childless widow
would stand and pray over a baby's crib, or kiss a child. They believed that the blessed one's kiss would bring that child
St Xenia lived about forty-five
years after the death of her husband, and departed to the Lord at the age of seventy-one. The exact date and circumstances
of her death are not known, but it probably took place at the end of the eighteenth century. She was buried in the Smolensk
By the 1820s, people flocked to her
grave to pray for her soul, and to ask her to intercede with God for them. So many visitors took earth from her grave that
it had to be replaced every year. Later, a chapel was built over her grave.
Those who turn to St Xenia in prayer receive healing from illness, and deliverance from their
afflictions. She is also known for helping people who seek jobs.