Mission of "Joy of All Who Sorrow"

Culver City, California

Mission of

Founded 2000

Diocese: Diocese of the West

Deanery: Missionary District


4145 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, California 90230-4706


Website: joyofallwhosorrow.org

Office: 310-391-9911

Parish Contacts

5925 Canterbury Dr Apt 305
Culver City, CA 90230
Home: 310-425-8836


General Location
We are located on the west side of Sepulveda Blvd., just one-half block south of Washington Blvd.  We are in a small blue and white building with the Archangel Michael painted on the front. Look for the “Orthodox Church” sign on the overhead exterior wall.  The chapel is inside the bookstore.

For more detailed directions
For more detailed driving directions, please visit our web site at http://www.joyofallwhosorrow.org.

Schedule of Services

Our parish follows the traditional church calendar, which uses the Julian Calendar system of dating.  The Julian Calendar is currently 13 days behind the civil (Gregorian) calendar.  Thus, we celebrate Christmas on January 7 (13 days past December 25) and St Nicholas Day on December 19 (instead of December 6).  This does not affect the observance of Great Lent, Pascha, Ascension, and Pentecost, because all Orthodox Christians follow the same schedule for these periods.

All services are in English.

(See Monthly Calendar on our website for details).

6:00 PM Vigil and Confessions
Saturday Evening

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
Saturday Morning

During Great Lent, additional services are offered every morning and evening throughout the week, and Pre-Sanctified Liturgy is provided on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM. and Friday mornings at 5:30 AM.  (See Monthly Calendar for Details)
Great Lent

6 p.m. Great Vespers or Vigils on the Evening before the Feast.  (See Monthly Calendar for Details)
Eves of Great Feasts falling on work days

5:30 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy (See Monthly Calendar for Details)
Mornings of Great Feasts falling on work days

Parish Background

Many people in the Los Angeles area remember the “Bookstand on the Strand” in Venice Beach, California.  Every Sunday afternoon during the mid to late 1990’s, Fr. John Tomasi would stand to greet those who would pass his table on the famous Venice boardwalk.

With ancient Russian chants and incense filling the air, tourists and locals alike would be drawn to this bearded, black-robed figure.  Orthodox books and icons were on display for sale, as well as liturgical tapes/CDs, incense, incense burners, prayer rope, and religious jewelry.

Literally, thousands of tourists from around the globe were introduced to Orthodox Christianity through this grassroots missionary effort, which has since developed into the Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Mission in Culver City, CA.

Now situated in its new location at 4145 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA, 90230, the Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Mission Church, and Archangel Michael Orthodox Bookstore (established in 1999), are larger and more family-friendly The parish has also developed a lending library for any who would like to make a serious study of Orthodox Christianity.

Divine Liturgies, vigils, and a full schedule of services and sacraments are provided on a regular basis, as well as ongoing inquirers classes, weekly Bible study, and guest lecturers.