St. Vladimir’s Seminary Honors St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America

During the week of Sunday, December 3, 2017, St. Vladimir’s Seminary joins in a momentous celebration: the 100th anniversary of the enthronement of Metropolitan Tikhon as Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus, which occurred exactly on December 3, 1917. Metropolitan Tikhon’s remarkable legacy included not only his extremely difficult labor as head of the Church of Russia from 1917—at the start of the Bolshevik Revolution—until his repose in 1925, but also his earlier ministry as head of the Russian Orthodox Diocese in North America in the early 20th century.

The Church of Russia glorified him as a saint in 1989, and Orthodox Christians of the many jurisdictions in North America equally venerate him. During his tenure in North America, he envisioned a future Orthodox Church in the New World, that would include all the national Orthodox communities—Russian, Arabic, Greek, Serbian, Romanian, et cetera—united in one Archdiocese.

St. Tikhon’s legacy is especially meaningful to us here at St. Vladimir’s.

From its beginning in 1938, our school has been guided by the same vision for Orthodox unity and evangelical fervor that St. Tikhon embraced. In our classrooms, in our refectory, and in our chapel, seminarians from all Orthodox jurisdictions interact, converse, sup, and pray together. Our communal life mirrors a unified Orthodox Church with one common goal: to shed abroad the light of Christ. We have the privilege of living daily, experiencing hourly, the hopes and dreams of this humble, gentle saint.

Here are seminary-related resources that celebrate the legacy of St. Tikhon—his life and prophetic wisdom:

(View a video of the Chorale working hard to prepare  for the concert, under the direction of Mat Robin Freeman,  Director of  Music at the Seminary.)

Holy Father St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America, pray to God for us!

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