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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

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