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Memorial Saturday & Archdiocesan Council Meeting - 02/22/20

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.

Bishop Alexis Serves Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Mark in Bethesda, MD - 01/26/20

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! 

Nomination, Proclamation, and Consecration of Bishop Alexis (Trader) - 01/25/20

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.

March For Life - 01/24/20

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.

Divine Liturgy Before March for Life - 01/24/20

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.

Newly Departed: Donya Platoff - 01/10/20

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.

Metropolitan Tikhon Celebrates Old Calendar Nativity at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/07/20

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.

Metropolitan Tikhon Celebrates Theophany at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/06/20

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).

Archpriest Michael Koblosh Awarded the Mitre - 01/05/20

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. 

The Holy Synod Proclaims 2020 as a Year of Anniversaries for the Orthodox Church in America - 01/01/20

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.

About the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of the Washington, D.C. is part of the Orthodox Church in America, which is the local presence of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church established by Jesus Christ and faithfully transmitted through her Scriptures, worship and prayer life, and through the teachings of the Holy Fathers.

The Orthodox Faith maintains unbroken continuity with the Apostolic Faith; embraces all languages, cultures, and races; and calls all to "come and see." Please join us in worship and fellowship.

The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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