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, hundreds of Pilgrims turned out to spend Memorial Day with the St. Tikhon’s Community. This was the 111th Memorial Day Pilgrimage.
On Monday the main Liturgy was celebrated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New York and New Jersey; His Eminence, Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania; His Grace, Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; and His Grace, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Moscow Patriarchate.
Following the Liturgy 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 were able to venerate the Miraculous Myrrh Streaming Icon from Hawaii. They immersed themselves in the rich history of the Seminary through the latest edition of the Tikhonaire, which chronicles history of the Seminary and Monastery and has been in publication since 1948.
The Memorial Day Pilgrimage is an opportunity to reunite with friends and loved ones each year to pray together, 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.