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On Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated services for the Great Feast of Pentecost at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC. Concelebrating with His Beatitude were cathedral associate priests Archpriest George Kokhno and Archpriest Valery Shemchuk. The responses were sung by the cathedral choir under the direction of Mr. Kevin Basil Fritts.

On the eve of the feast, His Beatitude presided at the Festal Vigil. On the morning of the feast, His Beatitude presided at the celebration of the hierarchical Divine Liturgy which was followed by the Vespers of Pentecost with Kneeling Prayers.

During the Liturgy, His Beatitude delivered the homily in which he encouraged the faithful to reorient their lives toward godliness and the eternal kingdom of Christ in their own personal Pentecost.

Following the Vespers of Pentecost, festive greetings were exchanged, and a luncheon was held in the church hall.

Read the full text of His Beatitude’s homily