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Hierarchs, clergy, and faithful gathered once again at St. Tikhon’s Monastery for the annual pilgrimage. The day began with a procession to the Bell Tower Church, followed by the celebration of the Divine Liturgy led by Metropolitan Tikhon. His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and His Grace, the Right Reverend David, Bishop of Sitka and the Diocese of Sitka and the Diocese of Alaska joined the Metropolitan.
During the Liturgy, Subdeacon Moses Locke was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Archbishop Michael. As Liturgy concluded, Archimandrite Sergius, Monastery Abbot, celebrated the generosity of Archpriest Yaroslav and Matushak Valerie Sudick, in covering the cost of the new icon painted over the entrance to the Bell Tower Church, with the Award of St. Tikhon of Moscow. May God grant the newly ordained Deacon Moses, and Fr. and Mat. Sudick many blessed years! Liturgy responses were sung by seminary, monastery chamber choir, and choir program participants!
Activities were based both on the monastery and seminary grounds through the course of the afternoon. With gratitude to God, the weather was beautiful for the course of the day!
(Photographs by Seminarian Robert West)