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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