Farewell to America of Patriarch St Tikhon (Filipp Moskvitin, 2003). In view of the Golgotha being suffered today by the native priests and faithful of the Alaskan Church so loved by St Tikhon, this was the only appropriate artwork for this article. May St Tikhon intercede for his native children, and may it be swift!
The relics of Patriarch St Tikhon of Moscow and all Russia are to visit parishes of the Russian Church in the US and Canada, Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of both the Centre for Russian National Glory and the St Andrew the First-called Foundation, said on Wednesday. “Today, we plan to bring the relics of St Tikhon from Russia to America”, Mr Yakunin said in addressing Metropolitan Laurus, the First Hierarch of the ROCOR, in the Pokrovsky Cathedral of Ss Martha and Mary Convent when the latter was decorated with the order of the international prize For Faith and Faithfulness of the St Andrew the First-called Foundation.
The relics of St Tikhon shall be brought to the US and Canada in autumn 2008 so that the Orthodox faithful abroad can venerate them. Earlier, Metropolitan Laurus addressed such a request to Patriarch Aleksei Rediger of Moscow and all the Russias and the St Andrew the First-called Foundation. Speaking at a press conference at the Ss Martha and Mary Convent, Metropolitan Vladimir of Tashkent and Central Asia confirmed that Patriarch Aleksei blessed the proposal to bring the relics to Orthodox parishes abroad. Vladyki Vladimir recalled that last autumn the Foundation brought the relics of St Aleksandr Nevsky to Orthodox parishes in Russia connected with the saint’s life and deeds. St Tikhon was canonised at the Episcopal Sobor of the Moscow Patriarchate on 9 October 1989. His relics are in the Grand Cathedral of Donskoy Monastery in Moscow.
27 February 2008