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7 August 2021 Covid Protocols


In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted how we have lived our daily lives, as well as the ways we worshipped as a Church.   Our priority continues to be our need to care for and protect one another.   As certain restrictions have been lifted and other reimposed, all parishes and Pastors are to implement the new guidelines with prudence, following public health precautions, and with the safety and protection of all people regardless of vaccination status in accordance with the mandates of the Counties of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and the Cities of Pasadena and Long Beach.  

The Archdiocesan Guidelines that specifically apply to our parish are as follows:

  1. All indoor participants are required to wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status. 
  2. Parishes may hold prayer group meetings, ministerial gatherings, and social gatherings provided that mandated and strongly recommended public health precautions are observed, including the use of face coverings indoors according to City and County Orders.
  3. Hand sanitation must be available for all visitors.
  4. Parishes are not required to sanitize after each liturgy or service but instead should observe sensible public health precautions.
  5. Liturgical singing can take place while wearing face coverings.
  6. Collection baskets may be placed in a location where people can provide their donations as they exit the church.

Our indoor Liturgies and other Services will continue to be live-steamed at  Weekday Matins Services will be available via Zoom: if you would like to participate, please contact Father Alexei for Zoom link.    

Our weekly Sunday bulletin will continue to be distributed electronically.


For your convenience, our methods of online giving will continue to be available:   access Givelify  at:

Or if you prefer, our parish GoFundMe account is still active at:

Please take a look at our new "Educational Resources" page.


28 Nov


 Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m., followed by our Monthly Charity "Luncheon".  Please see expanded note below.


29 Nov


There are no events scheduled for today.


30 Nov


Feast of Saint Andrew the First-called, Patron of our community

Matins, 8:00 a.m. via Zoom.


1 Dec


Feast of the Prophet Nahum

Matins, 8:00 a.m. via Zoom.


2 Dec


There are no events scheduled for today.


3 Dec


Feast of the Prophet Zephaniah

Matins, 8:00 a.m. via Zoom


4 Dec


There are no events scheduled for today.


5 Dec


Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m. followed by our Annual Parish Saint Nicholas Day Celebration.

El Segundo Community Churches Prayer Gathering, hosted by our parish, 4:00 p.m.  See further in the 2nd paragraph of "Upcoming" below.

Monthly Charity "Luncheon"

We are continuing our parish charitable outreach during the pandemic by supporting a different charity each month, albeit it without a luncheon.  Around the corner from the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, marking the site where Jesus was born, is the Nino Dos Home.   Established in 2005 by a religious order, the Family of the Incarnate Word, the Nino Dios Home cares for 36 Palestinian children with complex permanent disabilities.   Many were abandoned by their families or lived with families who could not care for them due to extreme poverty; others were removed from homes deemed unsafe by Palestinian authorities.  Although some of the children are ambulatory, others use wheelchairs custom-designed for their needs.   Several are nonverbal but can communicate with devices or with their eyes and smiles:  Father Alexei has twice visited this home and can attest to that!     Thanks to the five nuns, therapists and (before Covid) a rotating roster of volunteers who work at the home, all the residents receive individualized physical therapy and speech therapy and are taught in small groups appropriate to their developmental level.  The home relies totally on charitable donations and the kindness of others.


Sunday, December 5th, annual Parish Saint Nicholas celebration.  

On the same day, at 4:00 p.m., our parish will host an ecumenical gathering of our fellow Christians from the other churches in El Segundo.
  It will be an opportunity of meeting one another and praying with and for one another.  Father Alexei will give a brief tour of our church building and iconography, explaining their significance to our prayer style.  Members of Hilltop Church of Christ will share their musical tradition.   In-person only 

Wednesday, December 15th, annual Parish Nativity Fast Reflection, both in-person and via livestream.

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.


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.  

Saint Xenia Charitable Fund

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.

Xenia Grigorievna 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 good fortune.

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 cemetery.

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.