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ROCOR Metropolitan, bishops, and clergy visit St. Tikhon’s Monastery

Bp. Tikhon and Met. Hilarion

Bp. Tikhon and Met. Hilarion

SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] — History was made on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, as His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, visited Saint Tikhon’s Monastery here.

Accompanying Metropolitan Hilarion were His Grace, Bishop Jerome of Manhattan; His Grace, Bishop George of Mayfield; and a delegation of over seventy clergy from ROCOR’s Eastern American and New York Diocese.

Metropolitan Hilarion was welcomed to the monastery by the recently elected Abbot, Igumen Sergius, after which they toured the monastery grounds, church and chapels, icon repository, and museum.

His Grace, Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania; His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania; Father Michael Dahulich, Bishop-Elect of New York and New Jersey; and 35 clergy from the OCA’s Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania joined Metropolitan Hilarion, Bishops Jerome and George, and the ROCOR clergy for lunch, served by the faithful of Saint John the Baptist Church [ROCOR], Mayfield, PA.

“This event had tremendous significance in so many ways, and hence was a joy for the Brotherhood and community which can only be epitomized by the Palm Sunday Hymn, ‘Today, the Holy Spirit has gathered us together, and taking up Thy Cross we sing: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!'” said a monastery spokesman. “It was truly a a joyful and historic day in the life of the monastery and the Church in America.”

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  1. Christ's unprofitable servant, Seraphim :

    FYI: The photo incorrectly labels the figure on the left as Metropolitan Jonah when it is in fact Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia, hence the black rather than white klobuk ; ) An important point, as His Grace was at first a monk in obedience and then later the “deputy” (i.e. de facto) abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery for quite a few years during the tenure Metropolitan Herman (who was the official but absent abbot) until Father Sergius was elected abbot in 2009. Although no longer the abbot Bishop Tikhon still plays a special role as the monastery’s spiritual adviser given his personal connection to the monastery as well as the members of the community.

  2. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    Thanks for pointing this out. Made the correction.

  3. Thank God the thaw is progressing among the ‘black clergy’ of ROCOR and OCA. We need to continue to build community, a network of Orthodox spiritual support all over America. I see this shaping up wherever I look.
    Recently my diocese’s clergy conference was headed by three ‘real monks – His Beatitude, the former Abbot of St John’s Monastery in Manton, Abbot Meletios of the same community, and Abbot Gerasim of Platina’s St Herman Monastery. The conference was definitively about spiritual healing; therapy has come to the American Orthodox at last. It took our getting really sick for us to pick up the phone and call the Doctor! May Christ heal our sickly church, and soon (before I am old, I hope)!

  4. George Michalopulos :

    Fr John, I heard wonderful things about this conference. We need “real” monks and “real” bishops too. (Only the OCA’s bishops are ordinaries, I’ll leave others to think about the implications of that as far as the other jurisdictions are concerned.)

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