Divine Liturgy and Installation of His Grace, Bishop Tikhon - 10/29/05

A wonderful and joyful event in the life of St. Tikhon's Seminary took place on Friday & Saturday, 29 & 30 October, 2005: the official installation of our Rector, His Grace, Bishop Tikhon, as ruling hierarch of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania at Saint Stephen the Protomartyr Cathedral in Philadelphia. Bishop Tikhon is shepherd of nearly 50 parishes located in the eastern half of the state of Pennsylvania and one parish in northern Delaware. Many Years, Vladyko!
After the prayers of installation were read, Metropolitan Herman and Bishop Tikhon exchange the Kiss of Peace.
Fr. Victor presents the hand cross to His Beatitude.
Cathedral dean, Priest Victor Gorodenchuk, greets Metropolitan Herman prior to the Liturgy.
St. Tikhon's Seminary Mission Choir sang the responses at the Liturgy.
The Little Entrance
His Beatitude proclaims the Dismissal.
Metropolitan Herman, Bishop Tikhon's predecessor, presents a Panagia and Cross set to His Grace as a personal gift. This set also belonged to the first ruling hierarch of the diocese, the late Archbishop Kiprian.
Priests from throughout the diocese served at the Liturgy.
"The blessing of the Lord be upon you..."
Faithful of the diocese receive the Holy Mysteries.
Protopresbyter Rodion Kondratick, OCA Chancellor, reads the Act of Installation immediately following the Divine Liturgy.
Bishop Tikhon commemorates Metropolitan Herman at the Great Entrance.
Metropolitan Herman commemorates the primates of the world's other 14 Autocephalous Churches at the Great Entrance.
Having been installed, the new ruling hierarch of Philadelphia blesses his new see in the four cardinal directions (east, west, south, north).
The Primate of the Orthodox Church in America presents a set of icons to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali.
Metropolitan Herman and Cardinal Justin Rigali.
The concelebrants of the Divine Liturgy and installation of His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania.
Metropolitan Herman and Bishop Seraphim of Ottowa & Canada with Bishop Tikhon and his family.
Flowers were presented to the hierarchs following the service.