His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, was among numerous guests who attended a reception at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation here on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, marking the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord on the Julian Calendar.
The reception was hosted by the Honorable Igor L. Golubovskiy, Consul General, and His Eminence, Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, who warmly welcomed Metropolitan Tikhon, who was accompanied by Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary; Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations; and Archpriests John Behr and Chad Hatfield, Dean and Chancellor respectively of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY.
Also in attendance were many dignitaries from the Russian community and clergy and faithful from parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, including His Grace, Bishop Jerome of Manhattan.
During the reception, a brief concert of traditional songs was presented.
In related news, Archbishop Justinian will be the guest of Metropolitan Tikhon for a luncheon at the OCA Chancery on January 22. He will also attend the Enthronement of Metropolitan Tikhon at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC on January 27. On Sunday, March 3, Metropolitan Tikhon will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Justinian at New York’s Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Additional information will be posted on the OCA web site as it becomes available.