Each year the St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary Community opens its arms in dramatic fashion to the greater Orthodox and non-orthodox community. This is a labor of love, the preparation for which is several weeks long and involves every person associated with the Monastery and the Seminary as well as many friends and families, volunteers from neighboring parishes, and long-time supporters.
This labor of love is, in many ways, an iconic representation of our relationship with the world and an articulation of our place it that world. Each year we open up our lives to everyone who wishes to come and take part in the pilgrimage and each year we are surprised by the response.
This year, thousands of Pilgrims turned out to spend Memorial Day with the St. Tikhon’s Community. This was the 109th Memorial Day Pilgrimage and was particularly special this year because it was also the year that St. Tikhon's Seminary is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its founding.
The Pilgrims took part a great number of Divine Services, including a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the All Saints of America Bell Tower Chapel, during which Seminarian Moses McPherson was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin. After the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presented a Grammata to the Archpriest John Perich for his extraordinary service for many years to God’s Holy Church.
Pilgrims were also able to participate in memorials for the departed and Holy Unction for the healing of soul and body. They enjoyed a wide variety of food from vendors stationed around the Monastery grounds. They beheld and venerated relics, ancient icons, and priceless treasure of the Church at the St. Tikhon's Metropolitan Museum. They immersed themselves in the rich history of the Seminary through the 75th Anniversary Tikhonaire, which chronicles the entire history of the Seminary and Monastery and includes photos of each graduate, faculty, and staff member who has ever attended or worked at St. Tikhon's.
The Memorial Day Pilgrimage is an opportunity to reunite with friends and loved ones as they come here and for all of us to pray together, one for another - to share stories with one another, to teach one another, and to remember together.
Thank you for allowing us to share our lives with you.
Thank you for sharing each of your lives with us, and God willing we hope to see you again next year.