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Ordination of Larry Basalyga to the Subdeaconate - 11/24/19

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!

Fr. Michael Oleksa gives retreat on Baptizing Cultures - 11/16/19

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.

Metropolitan Tikhon Serves the Divine Liturgy at the new Fairfax Mission Station - 09/29/19

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

2019 Archdiocesan Assembly - 09/28/19

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.

Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 02/24/19

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

Archdiocesan Council Meeting - 02/23/19

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.

Tenebrae Concert at St. Nicholas - 02/22/19

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.

March For Life - 01/18/19

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. 

Old Calendar Nativity at St. Nicholas Cathedral - 01/07/19

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.

Theophany at St. Matthew in Columbia, MD - 01/06/19

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

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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