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St. Nicholas Cathedral offers adult education classes on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. Topics that will be explored in the class include the Psalms, systematic study of the Holy Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments), Christian hymnography, the services of the Church, and more! This class is primarily intended for Orthodox Christians who are interested in deepening their understanding of the faith, and non-Orthodox who wish to learn more about Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church. However, anyone is welcome to join.
We invite you to join us for worship at the Divine Liturgy, grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat downstairs, and then head to the Rectory for discussion and questions. Class begins at 11:15 am (11:45 am on days with bilingual services) and typically lasts between 45-60 minutes. Please join us as we work to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ. Our next class will meet on May 28. We hope to see you there! Here is the link to the Google Drive folder with past material for the Psalms and Epistles.

Meditation Group for All: May 20 at 3:30pm

We are pleased to announce the next meditation session which will take place on Saturday, April 22.  The group will meet monthly (4rd Saturday of the month) from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Annex.  We will look into the structured format of the Holy Scripture prayer, The Jesus Prayer and the Prayer of the Heart.


Gift Corner: Please come and easily find something for everyone on your gift list.  There are books for children as well as adults, a new collection of amber, honey and beautiful new icons painted by our very own master iconographer Alexander Moskalionov. Our book room in the annex has hundreds of new volumes that are $1 each unless marked otherwise. If you are interested in 2017 pocket calendars from St. Tikhon, we will be taking orders at the Gift Corner or you can reserve one by giving your name at the office. The Russian Youth organization in New York has also produced a 2017 calendar with the Romanovs as a theme. A sample is on view at the Gift Corner and orders can be placed there.


"O Lord, sanctify those, who love the beauty of Your house!

Reward them with Your rich and Heavenly gifts, 

given them Heavenly things for the earthly ones, 

eternal things for the temporal ones, 

incorruptible things for those that perish"

St. Basil the Great. Liturgy 

Pledge Letter in MS Word  or  in PDF


            St. Nicholas Cathedral is grateful for every donation received throughout the year.  Your generous support enables the Cathedral to spread the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ, serve regular Divine Liturgies and Sacraments and provide spiritual nourishment to our faithful, their families and  those in need.  Your pledge of support is a sign of your heartfelt participation in the life of our parish family and it plays a vital role in enabling us to meet our financial responsibilities.  Please, download and read the letter, which explains the importance of the timely pledges.

            We pray that everybody who attends St. Nicholas Cathedral and cares for it financial security will make a pledge for 2017!

            If you don’t have a pledge form, you can download it from the link bellow or pick up a hard copy either at the candle counter or by calling the office at 202-333-5060.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the pledge form and submit it to either the candle counter or mail it to

St. Nicholas Cathedral

3500 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington DC 20007

Thank you for your support and keeping St. Nicholas strong and a place we can be proud of!


Amazon Smile 
We encourage everyone to register with Amazon Smile which will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to our Cathedral.  Please designate our church - "Russian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas" (legal name of our Cathedral) - as your charity of choice.  Instructions on how to join can be found hereThank you for your help!
With love in Christ,
Larry Harrison, Treasurer
Adult Education class by Father George via Skype on the Liturgy and Scripture 
Let's learn about our Faith!  Join Father George online from 7:00 PM till 8:00 PM each Monday to learn about the Liturgy and Scripture.  Download (or UPDATE) free Skype application - https://www.skype.com/en/  
Contact Irakli - phone: 1-302-332-3688, e-mail: chikhladze.irakli@gmail.com, Skype: Irakli.chikhladze


One-hour weekly classes in basic English open to all parishioners and friends will be taught by volunteers every Sunday at 1PM in the library on the first floor of our annex building.  If you are interested in improving your skills in English, please come and see whether you would enjoy this class.  Just come to the library by 12:30PM and give you name to the teacher.

Irena Ananjana has again volunteered to teach an hour class in basic Russian conversation and reading twice a month on Sundays in the first floor room of our annex building.  These lessons will be held from 11AM to 12PM. New and continuing students are welcome.  The only requirement is an interest in learning Russian! For any questions, please email Irena at: irena_ananjana@hotmail.com Приветствуем всех!


The Dormition Guild is sponsoring a book on past members of St. Nicholas Cathedral.  The title of the book will be “Jewels of the Cathedral” and the project is being chaired by Anna Mighell.  It will be a collection of biographies of deceased Church members, as well as past clergy.  Everyone in the parish is welcome to write a biography of their relative or friend.  Please include a picture, if possible.  The biographies need not be too long.  Please send the biography and picture to Father Valery Shemchuk at the Cathedral.  We have a goal that this project be completed in one year (December 2015 through December 2016, if possible), but please send in your biographies soon.  We have had so many devoted, wonderful parishioners.  The book should be a real treasure.  People may write as many biographies as they wish.  Below is an entry for the book.  We hope this sample will be encouragement for others to submit bios of deceased beloved family members and friends.  

There will be a  meeting after Liturgy on Wednesday, June 29, St. Peter and Paul Feast Day, to review and pull from historical records information we can use for bios for "Jewels of the Cathedral."  We especially would like to invite friends and relatives of past parishioners who can provide memories and anecdotes.  Please come join us. 


Vera was born in Vladivostok, Russia, the last of eight children born to Maxim and Anna Stadnichenko.  It was a patriotic family with a strong belief in God and a love of learning and nature.  She was a childhood friend of Yul Brynner who lived on the same block. 

After the communist revolution she and most of her family left Russia.  Vera and her mother lived in Prague for a short time before immigrating to America.  For a number of years, she and her sister Asya lived in Illinois where Vera received a Master’s Degree with concentration in bacteriology from the University of Chicago. 

When her sister died, Vera moved to Washington, DC to be with other family members.  She worked as a bacteriologist at the Glendale TB Sanitarium.  Vera also worked at Children’s Hospital where she was greatly admired by the doctors.

Vera met and married her beloved husband, Stephan Kunsak, during World War II.  She was widowed in 1966. 

Animals were Vera’s passion from the time, as a 5-year-old, she befriended a guard dog at a bank.  Throughout her life she helped or adopted countless abandoned and abused animals.  She even cared for an owl with a broken beak for 19 years, feeding her by hand.  Vera named her Smokey because she was rescued after falling down a chimney. Vera was one of the founders of S.P.A.Y. and worked for the Audubon Society raising baby birds.  She knew how to set a bird’s broken wing.                           

            Mrs. Kunsak was very proud of her Russian heritage and a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas (which became St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral).  She loved the teaching and traditions of the Orthodox religion.  She was sustained by many loving friends and family.  

Vera Stadnichenko Kunsak died in a fire at her home in the early morning of Sunday, December 2, 2001.  She was 94.  Memory Eternal - darkness shall not overcome the light.

Composed by Anna DeKonschin Mighell, Vera’s niece 



If you are aware of a parishioner who is ill or for some reason can not attend church services regularly, it is possible they might benefit from a card sent by our Dormition Guild or a phone call or visit from clergy.  In such case, please notify Andrea Lutov for the Dormition Guild (andrealutov@gmail.com), Fr. George (gkokhno@gmail.com)  or Fr. Valery (shemchukv@gmail.com)

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