In conjunction with his visit to Moscow during the first week of December 2017, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the Divine Liturgy at the Orthodox Church in America’s Representation Church of Saint Catherine in Moscow on Thursday, December 7.
Concelebrating with Metropolitan Tikhon were His Grace, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA; His Grace, Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa; Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Archpriest Nikolai Krechetov, District Dean; Archimandrite Theoktistos [Dimitrov], Representative of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to the Patriarchate; Archimandrite Seraphim [Shemyatovsky], Representative of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia to the Patriarchate; Archpriest Daniel Andrejuk, Rector of Saint Tikhon of Moscow Church, Anchorage, AK; clergy members of the OCA delegation; Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak; the clergy of Saint Catherine Church; and clergy from neighboring parishes.
The diplomatic corps was well represented by His Excellency, John R. Kur, Ambassador of Canada to Russia; Her Excellency, Mrs. Norma Bertha Pensado Moreno, Ambassador of Mexico in Russia; Christopher T. Robinson, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Embassy of the United States of America in the Russian Federation; and Stefan Gabenom, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Canada in Russia.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon introduced Father Daniel Andrejuk as the OCA’s new Representative to the Moscow Patriarchate and Rector of Saint Catherine Church. Father Daniel will assume his new duties in early 2018. [See related story.]
Photo Credit: Subdeacon Roman Ostash