TIKHVIN DIOCESE: July 10, 2018
Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan participates in celebrations of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
On July 9, 2018, the feast day of the Discovery of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Tikhvin, at which His Eminence Metropolitan Varsonofy of St Petersburg and Ladoga officiated.
He was joined by His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan; His Grace Bishop Markell of Tsarskoye Selo; His Grace Bishop Nazary of Kronstadt; His Grace Bishop Mitrofan of Gatchina and Luzhsk; His Grace Bishop Ignaty of Armavirsk and Labinsk; His Grace Bishop-Archimandrite Mstislav, Abbot of the monastery, along with its brethren; clergymen of the Eastern American, St Petersburg and Tikhvin Dioceses. The abbesses of local convents of the metropoliate prayed at the service.
The Miracle-Working Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God was brought out of the church and placed on an analogion under a tent, where a moleben was served before it.
Metropolitan Varsonofy relayed the congratulations of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and delivered a sermon. The monastery received a gift of a printed Passion Gospel.
The ruling bishop of the St Petersburg Metropoliate gave Vladyka Mstislav a panaghia with the image of the Mother of God. Vladyka Mstislav thanked His Eminence for their joint prayer, presented him with a bouquet of flowers and noted that among the worshipers that day were participants of a procession of the cross “The Path of the Theotokos” and pilgrims from the USA, whence the icon was brought back to Russia 14 years ago.