Metropolitan Tikhon to be enthroned January 27, 2013; service and banquet schedule announced

St Nicholas Cathedral

The Enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America will be celebrated at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC, on the weekend of January 26-27, 2013.

On Saturday, January 26, the Vigil will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m.

On Sunday, January 27, the Divine Liturgy, followed by the Rite of Enthronement, will begin at 9:00 a.m.

A banquet will be held at the Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Ave.), Washington, DC. A reception will held at 2:00 p.m., followed by dinner in the Regency Ballroom at 3:00 p.m.

Banquet reservations and menu selection (meat/fish) should be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Tickets are $100.00 per person. Deadline for reservations is January 14. Checks can be sent to the Chancery written out to Orthodox Church in America, with “ATTN: Banquet” in the memo. Credit card payments can be made by calling Andrew Boyd at the Chancery at 516-922-0550, ext 133.

Hotel rooms have been set aside at the Omni Shoreham for those desiring lodging. A rate of $139.00 per night is available. To make reservations, log on to and use the code “Orthodox Church in America” or “OCA.”

The Holiday Inn Georgetown also is available. To make reservations, log on to

Metropolitan Tikhon was elected at the 17th All-American Council, held in Parma, OH on November 13, 2012.  See related story.

In related news, the Holy Synod of Bishops encourages the participation of clergy and faithful in the annual March for Life on Friday, January 25. Participants are asked to gather by noon under the “Orthodox Christians for Life” banner to the right of the state at the Ellipse. In conjunction with the March, Vespers will be celebrated on Thursday evening, January 24, at Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Additional information on the March will be forthcoming on the OCA web site.