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Dn Vitaly Permiakov Leads San Francisco Lenten Retreat, Addresses Pacific Central Deanery

Assistant Professor of Liturgical Theology, Dn Vitaly Permiakov, spoke at the 2023 Lenten Retreat at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco on the weekend of March 18-19. Over 75 parishioners and guests attended the retreat, contemplating the topic "Standing in the temple of thy glory: liturgical theology in the hymns and prayers of Lent and Holy Week." 

Holy Trinity Cathedral Dean, the Very Rev. Kirill Sokolov (M.Div.'07) remarked, "Fr Deacon Vitaly spoke powerfully about the prayers of the Liturgy of St Basil the Great and the hymns of Holy Week. I was impressed that a number of parishioners approached me the next day, after liturgy, about how much the Anaphora of St Basil resonated more powerfully after his vivid explanations."

In addition to the retreat, Dn Vitaly addressed 18 clergy and monastics of the Pacific Central Deanery the preceding day after the celebration of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Dn Vitaly spoke about the rite of consecration of churches and other significant liturgical themes. On Sunday, he concelebrated with His Eminence, the Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West, and delivered the liturgical homily before returning to St Vladimir’s Seminary.