The next English language liturgy will be held in the cathedral on Sunday, August 3th starting at 8:00 AM. Please join us for the service and the social hour following the service.

The text of the Sunday services in English is available on the Schedule page.




Saint Nicholas Cathedral is one of the oldest parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in the United States.

St. Nicholas Cathedral was founded in 1932 by Russian immigrants who fled the Communism that invaded their homeland after the 1917 Russian Revolution. With zeal and faith in God, they formed a Russian Orthodox community, bought land and built a church. Our church was consecrated by Archbishop Tikhon of Western America on December 19, 1937, formally dedicated to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia and designated as a memorial to the martyred Czar Nicholas II, his family and all the Russian soldiers and people who died defending their faith, czar and country.

Read more about History of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral and see historical photos of the cathedral on our History page.

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Summer Youth Camp For School-age Children.

Pictures and video from the Summer Youth Camp of July 20-27, 2014 at the Dosewallips State Park, WA.

The camp program included: talks on the Law of God, games, arts and crafts, campfires, hiking, etc.



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Our Parish Feast Day will be grace-filled with the presence of Archbishop Kyrill, and His Grace Bishop Theodosy. The greeting of the bishop will be at 6:00 PM on December 21st followed by the All-Night-Vigil. On December 22nd, the Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM.


June 30, 2012
St. John Day COMMEMORATION OF ST. JOHN OF SHANGHAI AND SAN FRANCISCO - With many worshippers in attendance, on the day of his memory, divine services were performed in the chapel of St. John located in the room where Vladika John reposed. In addition to the cathedral clergy, Fr. David Moser from Boise, Idaho participated in the services. On the eve, during the Vigil, confessions continued without stopping and there were many communicants at the Liturgy. At the end of the Divine Liturgy a Service of Intercession (Moliebin) was sung. The feast day was concluded with a very tastefully prepared meal (trapeza). To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.

June 2012
Parochial School THE SCHOOL YEAR HAS CONCLUDED IN THE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL. We congratulate the students of St. John Parochial School at St. Nicholas Cathedral with the conclusion of the 2011-2012 academic year. With great pomp and circumstance the commencement exercises were conducted at the Russian Center. The students were awarded with a certificate of completion of the school year, as well as a small gift. The student of the oldest class, Vadim Dolgov, received a Graduation Certificate and was especially recognized for his diligence in class attendance. The Parent’s Committee thanked the academic staff and bestowed a gift upon each teacher. The program was concluded with a concert featuring some of our outstanding standing talent. To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.

Июнь 2012
Kindergarten END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN KINDERGARTEN. The 2011-2012 school year for St. John’s Kindergarten has come to a close. On June 2nd were conducted the graduation ceremonies in the Russian Center. All of the students received a certificate of completion of the academic year as well as a small gift. Special tribute was given to the oldest class which is matriculating into the parochial school. The Parents Committee thanked the teacher’s staff and gave them each a gift. To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.

March 2nd, 2012
Fr. Konstantin Tivetsky On March 2 the Russian Church Abroad's senior clergyman, a priest of the the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral, Protopresbyter Konstantin Tivetsky, reposed in the Lord in Los Angeles at the age of 87. Father Konstantin finished the Odessa Seminary and Moscow Theological Academy where he studied in the same class with Archimandrite Ioann (Krestiankyn) and the future Metropolitan Pitirim (Nechaev). He was ordained to the priesthood in 1948 (63 years of service to the Church). He served in many parishes of the Russian Church: St. Nicholas in Hamovniki (Moscow), Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral in Riazan, the Epiphany Patriarchal Cathedral in Moscow and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Alexandrovka (the Vladimir Diocese). Father Konstantin's last assignment in Russia before his departure to the United States was Moscow's biggest parish, All Saints Church in Sokol. In the Western American Diocese Father Konstantin served for many years at the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle and in recent years – in Los Angeles. (From

May the Lord give rest to this wonderful pastor!

January 28th, 2011
Domodedovo Victims Fr Alex Kotar served a memorial service to commemorate victims of the terrorist act at Domodedovo airport. Members of the parish and Student Union "Rodnoi Ugolok" were present at the service. A poster where flowers could be brought in memory of the victims remained at church until Sunday, January 30.

Terrorist attack at the airport took place on January 24. The explosion killed 35 people, more than 100 were injured. Among the victims were citizens of Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Nigeria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Moldova, France and Italy.

January 23rd, 2011
Annual Meeting - After the liturgy a parish meeting was held in the parish hall to review financial issues of the cathedral. The Dean, Fr. Alex, opened the meeting with a prayer and then conveyed to the parish the difficulties involving the many accounts with which the treasurer must deal and the problems that have arose with the computer accounting program to which was transferred our church accounting. The Church Warden, Roman Eremenko, and the Treasurer, Artem Belkin, presented the financial results for the fiscal year 2009 and the budget for 2011.

January 19th, 2011
On the feast day of the Baptism of the Lord, Theophany, our orthodox community received a special blessing - in Seattle the sun shined over the Great Blessing of the Waters and snowy-white doves flew into the air with the signing: “When thou O Lord was baptized in the Jordan ……the Spirit in the form as a dove.” Fr. Alex, the Dean, along with Fr. John Calbom and Protodeacon Paul Bilibin served the Divine Liturgy which was attended by a multitude people. After the liturgy, accompanied by the singing of the cathedral choir under the direction of Gregory Kotar, the congregation processed to the ‘Jordan’ for the blessing of the waters. Under the wonderful, blue skies, during the singing the festal troparion, the children released doves into the air. After the services a holiday meal was offered by the sisterhood, under the guidance of the head sister Tatiana Bilibin. To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook Photo Gallery

January 15th, 2011
Children's Chistmas Program, "Yolka" - For the past nine years the production of the children’s Christmas program, the “Yolka’, produced by our school, St. John of San Francisco Parochial School, was grander, more beautiful and glamorous. This year’s production which was held on Saturday, January 15th in the hall of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, did not betray expectations. The talented staff of our school wowed the over 300 young attendees and their parents with the electrifying program, the colorful costumes and of course the visit from Grandfather Frost (Russian Santa Claus) with his consort the beautiful Snow Princess. To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook Photo Gallery

October 9-10, 2010
2010 Annual Russian Bazaar was a huge success this year, especially after the great article in Sunday's Seattle Times, which brought many people to our bazaar for the first time. To read the article and see the photos, go to

August 10, 2010
Summer Youth Camp For School-age Children was a great success! The 2-weeks camp program included: talks on the Law of God, games, arts and crafts, campfires, hiking, etc. To see pictures from the event, visit our Facebook Photo Gallery

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