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Memorial Saturday & Archdiocesan Council Meeting - 02/22/2020

On Saturday, February 22, at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the Divine Liturgy for Memorial Saturday. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon served a Trisagion Service for the departed during which he commemorated all the departed bishops who have served and labored in North America since 1794. After Liturgy His Beatitude presided over the Archdiocesan council meeting.


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Bishop Alexis Serves Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Mark in Bethesda, MD - 01/26/2020

On Sunday January 26, 2020 His Grace Bishop Alexis of Bethesda celebrated his first Divine Liturgy as a bishop at St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD. His Grace’s first Episcopal act was to tonsure and ordain Alexander Norton to be a Reader. Many Years to to His Grace Bishop Alexis of Bethesda! And Many Years to the newly ordained reader Alexander! 


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Nomination, Proclamation, and Consecration of Bishop Alexis (Trader) - 01/25/2020

On Friday and Saturday, January 24-25, was the Nomination, Proclamation, and Consecration of Bishop elect Alexis (Trader) as Bishop of Bethesda of the Orthodox Church in America. The events took place at St Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C. The Presiding Hierarch was the Most Blessed TIKHON, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada. Concelebrating with His Beatitude were members of the Holy Synod and His Grace Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta.


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March For Life - 01/24/2020

On Friday, January 24, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, joined by members of the Holy Synod, and brother bishops from other jurisdictions, led Orthodox faithful gathered at the 47th March for Life in Washington D.C. in a prayer service for the innocent children whose lives have been taken.


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Divine Liturgy Before March for Life - 01/24/2020

The Right Reverend Daniel celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Washington D.C. The day marked his 5th anniversary of Consecration as bishop in the Orthodox Church in America. His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon greeted faithful after Liturgy.


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Newly Departed: Donya Platoff - 01/10/2020

Eudoxia Alexandra Platoff (nee Pogrebniak), fondly known as Donya, passed away on January 10, 2020, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She was born on March 5, 1927 in Derby, Connecticut. Donya attended Boston University’s School of Nursing and upon graduation, married Dr. Gennady E. Platoff MD on September 12, 1948. Donya and Genna traveled and lived throughout the world - Berlin, Paris and Teheran to name a few. They lived in the Fairfax, VA area for over 35 years.


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Metropolitan Tikhon Celebrates Old Calendar Nativity at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/07/2020

On January 6-7, 2020, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated Vigil and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord (Old Style) at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, Washington D.C.  At the conclusion of Liturgy, Fr. George Kokhno presented His Beatitude with French Bibles restored by parishioners of St. Nicholas Cathedral.  Today marked Elena Forrest’s first hierarchical and Nativity Liturgy as choir director.


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Metropolitan Tikhon Celebrates Theophany at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/06/2020

On Monday, January 6, 2020, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the great feast of Theophany at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC. This feast commemorates the Baptism of the Lord and the revelation of the Most Holy Trinity to the world (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).


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Archpriest Michael Koblosh Awarded the Mitre - 01/05/2020

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, His Beatitude celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the mission parish of All Saints of North America, Alexandria, Virginia. During the course of the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude awarded Archpriest Michael Koblosh the mitre in recognition of his decades of service to the Orthodox Church. Also serving at the Divine Liturgy was Archpriest Michael Westerberg, who was celebrating his 45th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. May God grant Archpriest Michael and Matushka Nadia Koblosh; and Archpriest Michael Westerberg and Matushka Lydia many years of health. See below His Beatitude's words to Archpriest Michael at the awarding of the mitre. 


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The Holy Synod Proclaims 2020 as a Year of Anniversaries for the Orthodox Church in America - 01/01/2020

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] A message from Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America: On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concelebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Saint John Chrysostom.  At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, Secretary of the Holy Synod, read a proclamation of the Holy Synod announcing the anniversary celebrations for the Canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska, and the reception of the Tomos of Autocephaly.


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Ordination of Larry Basalyga to the Subdeaconate - 11/24/2019

On Sunday, November 24, during the Divine Liturgy at the Primatial Cathedral, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon ordained Larry Basalyga to Subdeaconate. We congratulate and wish Subdeacon Larry many blessed years of service to the Church!


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Fr. Michael Oleksa gives retreat on Baptizing Cultures - 11/16/2019

Fr. Michael Oleksa -- a gifted, charismatic, story-teller, lover of Alaska and recognized 'tribal elder' -- regaled some 40 attendees with his stories of Alaskan saints, using their lives to make some key points about missionary outreach.


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Metropolitan Tikhon Serves the Divine Liturgy at the new Fairfax Mission Station - 09/29/2019

Metropolitan Tikhon served the second ever Sunday Divine Liturgy at the new Fairfax Mission Station.  This Mission Station was started in October 2018 as a result of a demographic study that showed an 'underserved area' in southwest Fairfax County, VA.  Thanks to the grace of God, dedicated clergy and choir director, and the generosity of the Catholic Church which has lent us the use of one of their churches -- the Mission Station has been thriving.  Until last month  it has mainly been serving Saturday Vespers, with average attendance around 20 or so, with a high of 43.  But starting this August, it has begun serving one Sunday Divine Liturgy per month.  It was blessed, honored and thrilled to have His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon serve its second ever Sunday Divine Liturgy on Sep. 29 -- the second of many more to come! (For more information on the Mission Station, location and service times, see https://www.facebook.com/fairfaxmissionstation/)


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2019 Archdiocesan Assembly - 09/28/2019

The 2019 Archdiocesan Assembly was held on September 28 at St. Luke Orthodox Church. It opened with Divine Liturgy with responses beautifully sung by the choir from the newly formed Fairfax Mission Station. At the end of the Liturgy, a Gramota was awarded to Michael Thompson for his many years of service to the Archdiocese and to the parish of St. Mark.  Building on the year long work of the Finance Committee -- the Assembly unanimously voted to transition to First Fruits Giving as a spiritually based way to support the Archdiocese.  Other key items included the passage of the 2020 budget, a call for volunteers to help with the 20th All American Council to be held in Baltimore in July 2021, and the election of Fr. Valery Shemchuk as the clergy delegate to the Metropolitan Council and Gregory Honshul to the Auditing Committee.


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Great & Holy Week with His Beatitude - 04/27/2019

During Great & Holy Week, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the Divine Services at various parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington.


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Anniversary of His Beatitude's Monastic Tonsure - 04/07/2019

His Beatitude celebrated the 4th Sunday of Great Lent at St Nicholas Cathedral. The commemoration of the repose of Saint Tikhon of Moscow, His Beatitude's patron saint, was also celebrated yesterday. April 7 is also the anniversary of His Beatitude's monastic tonsure. 


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Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 02/24/2019

On Sunday, February 24, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the clergy and faithful at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC.


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Archdiocesan Council Meeting - 02/23/2019

On Saturday, February 23 a meeting of the Archdiocesan Council, presided over by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, was held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC.


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Tenebrae Concert at St. Nicholas - 02/22/2019

On Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC hosted a spectacular evening of music by the St Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale. Tenebrae: Music of Holy Week from East & West.


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March For Life - 01/18/2019

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, together with other OCA hierarchs, clergy, seminarians and faithful, participated in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC on Friday, January 18.  The march is a pro-life rally protesting abortion, held in the nation's capital near the anniversary of the infamous decision in the United States Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Joining the OCA Bishops for the prayer service for the unborn were His Grace the Right Reverend Thomas of the Antiochian Archdiocese and Alexander Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services. 


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Old Calendar Nativity at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/07/2019

On Monday, January 7, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon led the Old Calendar celebration of the Nativity of Christ at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC.


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Theophany at St. Matthew in Columbia, MD - 01/06/2019

On Sunday, January 6, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon led the celebration of Theophany at St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia, MD.


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2018 Archdiocesan Assembly - 09/29/2018

On Saturday, September 29th, clergy and faithful from the Archdiocese of Washington gathered under the leadership of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon for their annual assembly, hosted this year at St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland.


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St. Matthew's 30th Anniversary Celebration - 05/06/2018

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia, Maryland. Glory to God for His many blessings upon the community of St. Matthew's!  Photos by Victor Lutes.


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Holy Week and Pascha Celebrations with Metropolitan Tikhon - 04/08/2018

From April 1-8, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon visited parishes in the Washington DC and surrounding area to celebrate the solemn and festive services of Great & Holy Week and Pascha. Photos by Victor Lutes.


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March For Life 2018 - 01/19/2018

On Friday, January 19, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, led the Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, seminarians and faithful at the March For Life in Washington, DC.


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Theophany at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/19/2018

On Friday, January 19, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon led the celebration of Theophany at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC.


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2017 Archdiocesan Assembly - 09/16/2017

On Saturday, September 16th, clergy and faithful from the Archdiocese of Washington gathered under the leadership of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon for their annual assembly, hosted this year at St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia, Maryland.


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Clergy Retreat - 09/15/2017

On Friday, September 15th, a clergy retreat was held at St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia, Maryland. Presenting were Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki and Archpriest Eric Tosi. This Continuing Education Retreat, on MISSION AND SMALL PARISH GROWTH, was cosponsored by the Archdiocesan Mission Board and Continuing Ed program.


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Diocesan Day 2017 - 08/01/2017

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon will visit Christ the Savior in Berlin, MD from August 25-27 to: 1) elevate the mission to parish status, 2) celebrate the 90th birthday of Fr. Daniel, and 3) to lead the annual Diocesan Day. All are invited to come and celebrate!


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Ordination of Deacon James Magruder - 05/07/2017

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St Andrew Church, Baltimore, Maryland and ordained James Magruder to the Holy Diaconate. Deacon James is a parishioner at St. Andrew’s.  He is a 2003 graduate of St Vladimir's Seminary and a professor of Art History at University of Maryland - Baltimore County. He is married to Matushka Laurel and they have two beautiful children.  May God grant the newly ordained Dn. James and his family, a peaceful life, health, strength, salvation and furtherance in all Godly things and preserve and protect for MANY YEARS!


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Annunciation Retreat: "The Life and Legacy of Fr. George Calciu" - 03/07/2017

Annunciation Retreat: "The Life and Legacy of Fr. George Calciu" at Holy Archangels, Annapolis, MD on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)


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Update on the Annapolis Campus Ministry - 12/23/2016

As we prepare for the Nativity of our Lord, we have the joy of sharing with you this update that Fr. Robert Miclean provided on the Annapolis Campus Ministry.  It is full of good news!


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The 35th Anniversary of St. Catherine Church, Hagerstown, MD - 12/04/2016

On the first weekend of December 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was welcomed by Archpriest Dennis Buck and the faithful of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr Church, Hagerstown, MD, for the celebration of the parish’s 35th Anniversary.


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits St. Mark - 09/18/2016

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon made a pastoral visit to St. Mark Orthodox Church, Bethesda, MD. After the Liturgy service, His Beatitude, blessed the new iconography and posed for a photo with the iconography committee. The iconography committee was formed in 2013 at the parish's annual meeting. Later that year, Dimitry Shkolnik was approved by the parish to carry out the work in the sanctuary. The iconography team ( Dimitry Shkolnik, Alexey Vronskiy, Alexander Chernyy, and Alexander Mchedlishvily) arrived on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, to begin work on the first phase of the sanctuary iconography project. After four weeks of work, the apse itself was completed with the Platytera, Liturgical Hierarchs, and Communion of the Apostles. Phase two began in the fall of 2015 with the icons of the Annunciation, Nativity of our Lord, Theophany, Transfiguration, Pentecost, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascention. Phase two was completed the day before Christmas Eve, December 23, 2015.


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2016 Archdiocesan Assembly - 09/17/2016

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the annual Assembly of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.  The Assembly was held at Saint Luke Orthodox Church in McLean, VA.


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Mortgage Burning at Christ the Savior - Berlin, MD - 08/21/2016

On the weekend of August 20-21, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was welcomed by Priest John Parsells and the faithful of Christ the Savior Mission, Berlin, MD.  The visit coincided with the burning of the mission’s mortgage—the $318,000.00 balance had been paid in full by an anonymous parishioner, fifteen years before it was due.


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Lenten Retreat with Metropolitan Tikhon - 04/09/2016


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35th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC - 03/09/2016

The Holy Synod announced its decision to create the Diocese of Washington at the 6th All-American Council in November 1980. 


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Holy Archangels Books and Icons Grand Opening - 02/28/2016

Sat. March 19th 3:00-5:30pm | At 47 Spa Rd (Next to the Compass Rose Theater)


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Metropolitan Tikhon Celebrates Old Calendar Nativity at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 12/25/2015

On January 7, 2016, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the Nativity of the Lord at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC.


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Iconography Project in Bethesda, MD - 12/24/2015

Approximately four years of planning and finally after two phases of execution, our proposed iconography project is now complete here at St. Mark. The team of Dmitry Shkolnik, Alexey Vronsky, Alexander Chernyy and Aleksandre Mchedlishvili did a masterful job of weaving influences from the 8th and 12th centuries together and bringing them to life on our walls. The goal was to tell the story of salvation in line and color. Our new icons include: The Communion of the Apostles, the Liturgical Fathers, the Theotokos and Christ in the apse, Annunciation, Nativity of our Lord, Theophany, Transfiguration, Pentecost, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. We invite you all to come and see!


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits St. Catherine Church, Hagerstown, MD - 12/20/2015

On the weekend of December 19-20, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited Saint Catherine Church, Hagerstown, MD, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of Washington. Metropolitan Tikhon was welcomed by Archpriest Dennis Buck, Rector.  During his visit, Metropolitan Tikhon placed a new antimension on the altar table and blessed recent renovations made to the altar walls.


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Spiritual Retreat in Columbia, MD - 11/14/2015

St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia, MD held a retreat with Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery on Saturday, November 14th.


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2015 Archdiocesan Assembly - 11/14/2015

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the annual Assembly of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.  The Assembly was held at Saint Nicholas Cathedral.  The day opened with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, after which plenary sessions were held in the cathedral.  In addition to Metropolitan Tikhon’s opening address, reports were heard from Priest John Vitko, Archdiocesan Chancellor, and Treasurer Michael Hydock.  The day closed with the celebration of Vigil.


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Metropolitan Tikhon Visits French Embassy - 11/14/2015

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited the French Embassy, Washington, DC to pay respect to those who lost their lives in the multiple terrorist attacks on Paris, France one day earlier.


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Clergy Retreat - 11/13/2015

On Friday, November 13th, a clergy retreat was held at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Fr. Robert Holet on "The First and Finest: Orthodox Christian Stewardship as Sacred Offering".


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75th Anniversary of Baltimore’s St. Andrew Church - 10/24/2015

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey joined Archpriest Theodore Boback and the faithful of Saint Andrew Church, Baltimore, MD for the celebration of the parish’s 75th Anniversary.


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New resources on North American Saints include life icons, video-lecture on St. Juvenaly - 10/02/2015

Two new resources that will aid in the study of the lives of North America’s saints are now available—a series of “life icons” and a video-lecture on the martyred Saint Juvenaly of Alaska.


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Missions Presentation in Berlin, MD - 09/19/2015

On Saturday, September 19th, a presentation on the subject of missions was offered by Archpriest Mark Koczak and Popadija Katherine Vitko from the Archdiocese of Washington's Mission Board at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Berlin, MD. Sincere appreciation is extended to the presenters both for making the long trip out to Christ the Savior as well as the informative and inspiring material they shared.


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Youth participate in Syndesmos international gathering in Poland - 09/11/2015

Five young adults representing the Orthodox Church in America were among the forty-plus participants from around the world who attended the international Orthodox youth festival, “Attaining Conciliarity,” at the Monastery of the Annunciation’s Academy, Suprasl, Poland, during the last week of August 2015.  They also attended services for the Great Feast of the Dormition at the Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Zweirki and celebrations marking the 35th anniversary of the Orthodox Youth Fellowship of Poland, presided over by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and His Eminence, Archbishop Jacob of Bialystok.


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Archdiocesan Priest travels with OCMC to the Republic of Moldova - 06/13/2015

From April 29-May 6 2015 Fr. Robert Miclean, Rector of Holy Archangels Orthodox Mission (OCA) in Annapolis, Maryland, served as the first OCMC Orthodox priest in the Republic of Moldova, teaching on the subjects of the Sacrament of Marriage and educating children in the Orthodox Faith, as well as speaking to youth at three high schools across Moldova.


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits Holy Trinity Church, Ashburn, VA - 05/31/2015

Metropolitan Tikhon made an archpastoral visit to the Holy Trinity Church at their new location in Ashburn, Virginia on their patronal feast day. His Beatitude was warmly welcomed by Fr. Paul Harrilchak and parishioners of the Holy Trinity. After the Divine liturgy a festal meal was served kindly prepared by the members of the parish.


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Lenten Retreat with His Beatitude Met. Tikhon - 03/24/2015

This year’s Lenten Retreat at Holy Archangels will be led by His Beatitude Metropolitan TIKHON and is entitled, “The Ascetic Disciplines of the Orthodox Life: Baptizing the Culture in an Age of Disbelief.”  This retreat with His Beatitude promises to be a tremendous opportunity for edifying growth.  Please Register Now through the Evenbrite service so we can plan the numbers accordingly.  Cost is $25 per person, $15 each additional.  Student price is $10. Clergy and wives, Children under 10 are free. Your ticket price includes admission to the retreat as well as a crab cake luncheon. Please see the detail below as well as a flyer for distribution.


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Sunday of Orthodoxy - 03/08/2015

On Sunday, March 8th, clergy and faithful from the Archdiocese of Washington joined His Grace Bishop Anthony of Toledo for a Pan-Orthodox celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy at Ss. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Patomac, Maryland.


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Blessing of the Waters at the City Dock in Annapolis - 01/06/2015

Christ is in our midst! Blessings of the Feast of Theophany (And for our Old Calendar brothers and sisters, Christ is born!)! Fifteen people braved the snow and difficult travel conditions in Annapolis to participate in the Divine Liturgy and partake of the Great Feast of Theophany Tuesday at Holy Archangels Orthodox Mission, including the Great Blessing of the Waters at the City Dock at the Mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. We were even joined by some non-Orthodox passers by who saw us praying and singing and joined in.


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2014 Annual Assembly Concludes - 11/15/2014

The 2014 Annual Assembly of the Archdiocese of Washington took place on Saturday, November 15, at St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland. The reports together with the draft minutes will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, please enjoy photos taken during the assembly by Fr. Gregory Safchuk and Victor Lutes.


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Holy Archangels Outreach on the Eastern Shore MD - 10/25/2014

On Saturday, October 25th, Holy Archangels Orthodox Church, a mission of the OCA in Annapolis, MD, participated in the 2014 Centerville Day in Centerville, MD on the Eastern Shore. The mission had a tent staffed with Fr. Robert and family and parishioners as well as icons on prominent display together with a wide variety of literature on Orthodoxy. Seldom was there not someone at the tent talking and asking questions. The mission was very encouraged by the interest and openness that they experienced at the event and had many people sign up for our mailing list. The mission expresses their thanks to the many parishioners who gave their time and energy to support the spreading the Gospel in our area. May God grow and nurture the seeds that were planted on this Centreville Day 2014.


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Archdiocesan Council Meeting - 10/11/2014

On Saturday, October 11th, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon met with the diocesan council of the Archdiocese of Washington. The meeting was held in preparation for the 2014 Archdiocesan Assembly which will be held on Saturday, November 15th, at St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesday, MD.  Additional information for the assembly may be found here.


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In Memoriam: Matushka Doris “Daria” Mason - 10/11/2014

Matushka Doris “Daria” Mason, 85, wife of Archpriest John Mason, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  A resident of Hagerstown, MD, she attended Saint Catherine Church.


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Archdiocesan Day - 09/07/2014

On Saturday, September 6th, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon let a spiritual retreat entitled, "The Treasures of Ancient Christianity", at Christ the Savior Mission in Berlin, MD. The event doubled as the annual Archdiocese Day as faithful clergy and laity journeyed to the shore to share in worship, fellowship, and education. The Synodal Youth Choir performed a concert with hymns from the ancient Liturgy of the Church as well as sang the responses during the divine services. In addition to the lecture, concert, question/answer session, and divine services, there was a barbeque and lamb roast, swimming, and activities for children. Glory to God and many thanks to all!


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St. Luke celebrates 5th anniversary of Fr. John and Popadija Kitty - 07/27/2014

On Sunday, July 27th, 2014, St Luke Orthodox Church in McLean held a celebration to mark Fr. John Vitko and Popadija Kitty's 5th anniversary at the parish.  One of the many highlights of the day, was this "procession"  at the end of the Liturgy of 12 or so of the young children in the parish, each bearing two roses -- one for Fr. John and one for Popadija Kitty. This video was 'shot' by their 11 year old granddaughter, Tatiana, on her cell phone:

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Missions Chair Visits Christ the Savior, Berlin, MD - 03/23/2014

On the Sunday of the Cross, March 23rd, the Christ the Savior Mission in Berlin, MD, welcomed Archpriest Mark Koczak, chairman of the Missions Board for the Archdiocese of Washington. Some 93 people gathered to worship the Lord and venerate His precious and life-creating Cross, singing the hymn: "Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy resurrection we praise and glorify!" This was Fr. Mark's fourth visit to the Mission and his first on a Sunday. After leading the faithful in worship and delivering the homily, Fr. Mark spoke with members of the Mission during the fellowship hour. Serving with Fr. Mark were Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, founder of the Mission, and Priest John Parsells, the current rector.


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Archdiocesan Benefactor Fund Committee Update - 03/22/2014

The Archdiocesan Benefactor Fund committee held its initial meeting via conference call on Saturday, March 22nd. At this meeting, the committee agreed that the initial focus will be on the first three items identified in the proposal adopted at the assembly meeting, which are 1) to generate awareness of benefactor fund; 2) to encourage contribution to the benefactor fund; and 3) provide guidance for identifying and enrolling donors for the fund.  In addition, the committee agreed to work on renaming this effort more appropriately so as not to focus solely on fundraising and monetary contributions, but rather to promote its purpose in enabling the many charitable activities and ministries that are desired to be performed through our Archdiocese.



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Archdiocesan Assembly - 11/16/2013

The 2013 Annual Assembly of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. was held at St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia MD. We are grateful to Fr. Constantine White, Dn. Sergius Miller and the parishioners of St. Matthew for their wonderful hospitality – and great food ;) -- in hosting the Assembly and the Clergy Retreat on the preceding day.  The day was made even more special since this was the Feast of St. Matthew, the patronal feast day of the parish.


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Archdiocesan Clergy Retreat - 11/15/2013

On Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. held its first clergy retreat at St. Matthew Orthodox Church in Columbia, MD.  We were delighted by the turn out – some 20 priest and deacons, nearly all of our clergy, were able to attend.


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits St. Luke, McLean VA for their patronal Slava on Oct. 27 - 10/27/2013

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited St. Luke Orthodox Church in McLean, VA on Sunday, Oct. 27 to join them in the celebration of their patronal feast day.  After presiding over the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, he conducted his first ever Slava service  -- a molieben used by those of Serbian heritage in honor of their patron saints.  As part of the Slava, bread (kolach) and wheat (zhito) are blessed and the children participate in slowly rotating the kolach as the Song of Isaiah is sung.  This was followed by a banquet involving some 100 people and a fine selection of traditional Serbian foods, during which time His Beatitude engaged in informal conversations with a number of parishioners.


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Paschal Services at Saint Nicholas Cathedral - 05/05/2013

On Saturday evening, April 4, 2013, the community of Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC gathered to celebrate a Paschal Service of the Great Feast of our Lord’s Resurrection presided by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.


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Metropolitan Tikhon celebrates Holy Week in DC - 05/02/2013

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, celebrated services for Holy Week at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC


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Metropolitan Tikhon celebrates Lenten Vespers at St. Andrew's Church in Baltimore, MD - 04/21/2013

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated Lenten Vespers at St. Andrew's Church in Baltimore, MD April 21, 2013


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits St. Matthew Church, Columbia, MD - 04/21/2013

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, visited Saint Matthew Church, Columbia, MD April 20-21, 2013.


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits Alexandria, VA community March 23-24, 2013 - 03/24/2013

On Saturday evening, March 23, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon came to visit All Saints of North America Mission, Alexandria, VA.


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Metropolitan Tikhon preaches at DC Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers - 03/24/2013

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, delivered the homily at the celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church on Sunday evening, March 24, 2013


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Metropolitan Tikhon celebrates the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC - 03/17/2013

On Sunday morning, March 17th, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC on the occasion of Forgiveness Sunday and the begining of Great Lent.


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Holy Archangels Mission, Annapolis, MD welcomed His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, for his first archpastoral visit - 02/24/2013

Holy Archangels Mission, Annapolis, MD welcomed His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, for his first archpastoral visit February 23-24, 2013. The growing community received a Church Planting Grant for 2013 from the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization.


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His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon ordains Timothy Skuby to the Holy Deaconate - 02/03/2013

On Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 Timothy Skuby, a parishioner of St. Catherine Orthodox Church in Hagerstown, MD and faithful servant of Christ, was ordained to the Subdeaconate and Deaconate by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD - 01/20/2013

On Sunday morning, January 20th, Fr. Theodore Boback together with the faithful of St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD welcomed His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon who came to visit the parish.


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An archpastoral visit to Holy Trinity Church in Reston, Virginia - 01/13/2013

On January 13th, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Reston, Virginia.


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Old Calendar Nativity Services at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C. - 01/07/2013

On Sunday evening, January 6th, the community of Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C. gathered to celebrate a Great Compline and Matins of the Great Feast of our Lord's Nativity presided by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.


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St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD celebrates Theophany of our Lord - 01/06/2013

This Sunday, January 6th the community of Saint Mark Orthodox Church gathered to celebrate the Theophany of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ. 


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Metropolitan Tikhon visits Christ the Saviour Orthodox Mission in Berlin, MD - 12/30/2012

On Sunday morning, December 30th, Fr. John Parsells together with the faithful of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Mission in Berlin, MD welcomed His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon who came to visit the parish. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was also concelebrated by Fr. David Straut and Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak.


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Metropolitan Tikhon celebrates the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C. - 12/25/2012

Feast of the Nativity of our Lord at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C.


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Celebration of the Nativity of our Lord begins at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C. - 12/24/2012

Eve of the Nativity of Christ at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington D.C.


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Metropolitan Tikhon presides at Archdiocese of Washington Assembly - 12/08/2012

On Saturday morning, December 8, 2012, the annual Assembly of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC was held at Saint Luke Church, McLean, VA.


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Statement from the Holy Synod Regarding the Resignation of Metropolitan Jonah - 07/16/2012

On July 16, 2012, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America issued the following statement in regard to the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah. The complete text can be found in PDF format here.


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Holy Synod appoints Archbishop Nathaniel Locum Tenens, Bishop Michael Temporary Administrator - 07/09/2012

On Monday, July 9, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops met via conference call to further discuss His Beatitude’s resignation, as reported earlier on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The hierarchs issued the following statement at the conclusion of their meeting.


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Naming of Annapolis Mission - 09/20/2011

On November 8, the Feast of St Michael and All the Archangels, the Annapolis Mission will officially be given the name of St Michael and All the Archangels  This will be marked by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, Fr. Robert, and the faithful of the mission serving Great Vespers there on Nov 7 and Divine Liturgy on Nov 8.  You are invited to come and celebrate this wonderful occasion if you can.


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Archpastoral Letter Regarding Marriage - 07/28/2011

On July 28, 2011, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah issued an Archpastoral Letter Regarding Marriage to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington.


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Scholarship News - 06/22/2011

The Presbytera Athena Kalpaxis Memorial Fund awards aid to students at the undergraduate and graduate level who are in need of financial assistance.  To qualify, a student must be a baptized Orthodox Christian and a participating communicant of an Orthodox Church in the state of Maryland.  Selection will be based upon academic record, church service, stated purpose for pursuing higher education and financial need. Awards levels vary based on need.  Application packets are available from Mat. Diane Pelesh at dpelesh@hcpss.org  or by writing to the Presbytera Athena Kalpaxis Memorial Education Fund, c/o PO Box 18294, Baltimore, MD 21227.  There is no deadline.


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Sunday of the Holy Cross celebrated at St Nicholas Cathedral - 03/29/2011

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH celebrated the All-Night Vigil at St Nicholas Cathedral. The following morning, on Sunday, March 27, the Sunday of Great Lent dedicated to the Holy Cross, His Beatitude celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Primatial Cathedral of St Nicholas in Washington, DC.
 
For more photos of the event, please see the Archdiocesan Facebook page here


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His Beatitude leads retreat on "Prayer of Silence" - 03/19/2011

On Saturday March 19, 2011, His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH led a retreat on the "Prayer of Silence" at the Primatial Cathedral of St Nicholas. The event was the First Annual Bishop Basil Rodzianko Memorial Retreat, and was hosted by the Holy Archangels Foundation.

Joining the St Nicholas Cathedral clergy and faithful for the retreat were Archpriest Gregory Safchuk, Archdiocesan Chancellor and Rector of St Mark's Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD; Archpriest Michael Koblosh of All Saints of North America Mission in Alexandria, VA; and Priest David Arnold of St Cyprian of Carthage Mission in Richmond, VA. 

Numerous faithful from Richmond, the District, and throughout the Archdiocese enjoyed an afternoon of introduction to the practice of stillness, detachment, and an active awareness of the presence of God. A full transcript and video recordings of the event will be made available as they are prepared.
 
For photos of the event, please visit the gallery on the Archdiocesan Facebook page


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His Beatitude featured in Washington Post article - 03/17/2011

His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH was profiled for a Washington Post Magazine article. 

"They appeared at the edge of the crowd on the Mall, a group of men seemingly out of a distant century. Their heads were crowned with klobuks, the distinctive headgear of Orthodox clergy. Sporting black cassocks and untrimmed gray beards, with golden icons dangling from their necks on long chains, these visitors stood out among the crowd clad in jeans and winter coats. The man in their center carried a bejeweled walking stick. [...]"

That article, "Metropolitan Jonah Goes to Washington", can be found here.


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The Great Canon of St Andrew sung at Primatial Cathedral of St Nicholas - 03/10/2011

During the first week of Great Lent, the Great Canon of Repentance of St Andrew of Crete was sung by His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH and by the clergy and laity of the Primatial Cathedral of St Nicholas in Washington, DC.

More information about St Andrew of Crete may be found here.


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