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In Memoriam: Fr. Walter Smith -- Updated - 05/14/16

Fr. Walter Smith, Class of 2004, reposed in the Lord on the evening of May14, 2016 at the rectory of Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Waterbury CT. 

A native of the state of Montana, Fr. Walter’s first career was as a professor of art history and art gallery curator/director. He has taught and directed art galleries in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Mississippi. A convert, he was received into the Orthodoxy at Holy Trinity Church of Kansas City, Kan., in 1996. In 2001, he took up full-time study at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, Pa. Smith was ordained a priest in 2003, and graduated from the Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2004.

Since his ordination, Fr. Walter served in several parishes: Holy Trinity Church, McAdoo Pennsylvania, Holy Trinity Church, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church back in Missoula, Montana, and most recently began serving at Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church, Waterbury, CT.

Presbytera Nancy Smith, who received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago in 2000, taught art history at Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2006. She has also trained as a painter and iconographer, producing icons for Holy Trinity Church in Moose Jaw.  Father Walter and Presbytera have one adult daughter, Flora.

Visitation will begin at the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, 3125 North Main Street, Waterbury, CT at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20. The Funeral for a Priest will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 21, the Divine Liturgy and a Panikhida will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., followed by interment in the parish cemetery.

May Fr. Walter’s memory be eternal.  Please remember Presbytera Nancy, Flora, and the faithful of The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church in your prayers.

Matthew Fuhrman Ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan Tikhon on St. Alexis Feast - 05/07/16

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA, to lead the celebration of the Feast of St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre on Bright Saturday, May 7th.  During the hierarchical Divine Liturgy His Beatitude tonsured Matthew Fuhrman, St. Tikhon’s Seminarian, Rassophore Monk Maxim and Hesychios Webb from the Monastery brotherhood, readers.  Rassaphore Monk Maxim was subsequently ordained to the Subdiaconate, as was Matthew, who was then ordained to the Diaconate!

Priests concelebranting at the Liturgy included: Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon's Monastery; Igumen Gabriel; Archpriest Steven Kopestonsky; Seminarian Priest Theodore Gregory; deacons included: Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak; Deacon Alexander Cadman from State College where Matthew previously studied; and Seminarian Deacons Matthew Joyner, John Kennerk and Basil Ferguson.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy a Molieben was celebrated before St. Alexis’ relics.   St. Alexis is remembered for leading many Eastern Rite Catholics to the Orthodox Church, beginning with congregations in Minneapolis MN, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, and many others who followed.  You can read more about St. Alexis at our OCA Website by clicking here

Axios to Deacon Matthew and Mat. Jessica, who continues to serve as part of the website team for our Orthodox Church in America!

Great and Holy Pascha celebration at St. Tikhon's - 04/30/16

With great joy the St. Tikhon's community came together to celebrate Nocturne, Matins, and Divine Liturgy of Great and Holy Pascha!  Matins includes the singing of the canon of St. John of Damascus.  Following this are the Paschal Verses during which we sing:

This is the day of resurrection.

Let us be illumined by the Feast.

Let us embrace each other.

Let us call "brothers" even those that hate us,

and forgive all by the resurrection...

The Sermon of St. John Chrysostom, originally composed as a baptismal instruction, is retained as so much of the Paschal Services recalls the Sacrament of Baptism.  (texts above taken from introduction of Paschal Services by Archpriest Paul Lazor)

We remain grateful for our seminarian photographers including on Pascha, Joseph Frangipani.

Thank you also to our choirs who led the singing of the responses all through Holy Week and Pascha:  Benedict Sheehan and both the Mission and Mixed Choirs, and Brother Daniel and the Monastery Choir!

Holy Friday and Saturday at St. Tikhon's - 04/29/16

The services of Holy Week continue with Vespers with placing of the Winding Sheet Friday afternoon, followed by Matins of Holy Saturday.  The latter service includes a procession with the Epitaphion.  This "is not a funeral procession.  It is the Son of God, the Holy Immortal, who proceeds through the darkness of Hades, announcing to 'Adam of all generation' the joy of the forthcoming resurrection.  'Rising early from the night," He proclaims, 'The dead shall arise, those in the tombs shall awake, and all those on earth shall greatly rejoice.'"  (From the preface written by Fr. Alexander Schmemann in the Matins of Holy Saturday service book).

On Holy Saturday we celebrate a Vesperal Divine Liturgy revealing the first announcement of the Resurrection to the Myrrhbearing Women!  Please take a moment to review the slideshows from both Holy Friday and Holy Saturday, with gratitude to our seminarian photographers.

Metropolitan Visits St. Tikhon's During Holy Week - 04/28/16

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon visited St. Tikhon's during Holy Week.  He served the Hours and Presanctified Liturgy on Holy Wednesday, as well as Matins of Holy Thursday.  On Holy Thursday he led the celebration of the Vesperal Divine Liturgy, and Matins of Holy Friday with the reading of the Twelve Gospels.  Please take time to review the two photo slideshows representing services for each day.

Thank you to Seminarian Andrew Nelko and those with him who took photos during these services. 

St. Tikhon's Community Celebrates Palm Sunday - 04/24/16

Palm Sunday services, Vigil and Divine Liturgy, were celebrated with great Joy on April 23-24.  Several of the Vocations Retreat participants remained to join in the celebration led by Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen of St. Tikhon's Monastery.  Celebrating clergy included, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, seminary dean, Igumen Gabriel (Nicholas), and recently ordained Fr. Theodore Gregory, along with Seminarian Deacons Matthew Joyner and Mikel Hill.  Please check back in the coming days for photos from Holy Week and Pascha services.

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