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Written by Basil on 05/31/2005 3:05 AM. Filed under:


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Today, I visited Saint Tikhon Monastery for the annual pilgrimage, which this year celebrated the centennial of this, the first and oldest Orthodox monastery in North America. The atmosphere was festive and bright and faithful, clergy and monastics from throughout the Orthodox Church in America and other Orthodox churches attended to praise God for the witness of 100 years of monks. The hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the entire Synod of Bishops, a rare occasion and, frankly, the reason I attended.

I was happy to see Fr. Marc from New Skete in attendance. I caught up with him after the Liturgy, and he surprised me by remembering me after all these years. (After I reminded him that I visited in 1999 and once had long hair and a beard, he said, “How is the Navy going for you?” Wow.)

I venerated the relics of St. Alexis Toth, one of the many saints from North America. He led many parishes from the Unia back to communion with the Church.

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6 Responses to “Pilgrimage”

  1. Josh Says:

    Cool!

    I haven’t made it out to St. Tikhon’s yet and would’ve really liked to have gone on last weekend. Glad you got to be there and see Fr. Mark.

  2. Philippa Says:

    I was there TOO!!!! Ack! Too bad I didn’t think to post on my blog I was going. I could have met you! Ack! I’m so disappointed. It was my first visit and I enjoyed it very much…especially the bookstore and the halupski. 😉 I’m planning on going back for the women’s day long conference they hold in August.

  3. Basil Says:

    Philippa, ack. I’ve thought the same thing myself. :(

    Oh, the bookstore. I wandered around, sorely tempted to buy things just to have them, like prayerbooks and service books. I eventually ended up buying Matthew the Poor’s Orthodox Prayer Life and Eight Sermons on the Book of Genesis by St John Chrysostom.

    As for food, I stuck with ethnic American fare: Hamburger and hot dog!

  4. Philippa Says:

    Just as a point of reference, I was wearing a light purple straw-like hat. I posted a picture on my blog. I’ll bet we walked past one another a half dozen times!!

  5. Andrew Says:

    Dude. I wish I’d known you were there. I’d’ve loved to have met you.

  6. Basil Says:

    Andrew, ugh. Same here, man. I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time I’ve thought that over the past week.