St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary 60 Hospitality A La Russe VIII -- a Wonderful Success! Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">Members of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary Century Association, clergy, matushki, seminarians, and friends enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of food and fellowship at&nbsp;<em>Hospitality ala Russe</em>&nbsp;VIII on Sunday, May 7, at St. Nicholas Church Center, in Bethlehem, PA. &nbsp;Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, was able to join those gathered to share in the afternoon's program, along with Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Chief Finanial Officer, and&nbsp;Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement. &nbsp;The&nbsp;South River Balalaika Orchestra, directed by Dimitri Kauriga provided the afternoon's incredible entertainment!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Many seminarians were also present to witness the Century Association community and those invited coming togethetr to support them in their pastoral formation. &nbsp;All enjoyed a wonderful meal and program through the course of the afternoon.On behalf of the Association members and friends, Subdeacon John Lasichak, President, presented Archbishop Michael with a check for $20,000 for the Seminary. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Many thanks to the Century Association leaderhsip and all those who worked to prepare for and celebrate this joyous event, and again to the St. Nicholas Parish community for hosting. &nbsp;God grant you many blessed years!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Alumni Update: Several STS Graduates to receive Mitres Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communication, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;The Holy Synod restored the awarding of mitres during their Spring 2017 meeting. &nbsp;Several STOTS graduates are slated to receive mitres:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest John Nehrebecki (STOTS class of 1950, celebrated his 65th anniversary of marriage on May 21, 2017, with an archpastoral visit of His Eminence, Michael, Archbishop of New York, and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Archbishop Michael, also the Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, blessed Fr. John with the right to wear the mitre during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.</p> <p>Archpriest Igor Soroka, (STOTS Class of 1946) was granted the right to wear the mitre on Pentecost Sunday (see photos). &nbsp;He was recently recognized for 58 years of ministry in his one and only parish, as well as serving as a church musician. &nbsp;See that story <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;His Eminence, Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Western PA awarded him this right.</p> <p>Archpriest Nicholas Timpko, (STOTS Class of 1962) has also been identified to receive the right to wear the mitre by His Eminence, Nikon, Archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, though this event has not yet occurred. &nbsp;</p> <p>May God grant many years to the faithful servants of God, Archpriests John, Igor, and Nicholas!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Dn. Stephan Gresh Ordained to the Holy Priesthood Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Dn. Stephan Gresh, who returned to seminary this year after attending classes thirty years ago (1985-1987), was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Holy Resurrection Church, in Belle Vernon, PA. &nbsp;His Eminence, Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania was the ordaining hierarch. &nbsp;Fr. Stephan will be assigned to this parish in the fall upon the retirement of Archpriest Samuel Smolcic, current rector.</p> <p>Concelebrating at the Liturgy were: &nbsp;Archpriest William Evansky, Diocesean Chancellor, Archpriest Samuel Smolcic, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean, Archpriest Andrew Nelko, Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan, Fr. Andrew Nelko, and Deacon Peter Ilchuk. &nbsp;Many of Fr. Stephan's classmates (from 30 years ago, and now!) were present for the oridnation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the dinner following the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Stephan was presented a handcross from the parish, and a wooden pectoral cross from Fr. Andrew Nelko, newly graduated Student Government President. &nbsp;This was likely his last act in this role, and Student Government has sought to present each seminarian ordained to the Holy Priesthood a wooden pectoral cross from their classmates. &nbsp;Fr. Stephan is the seventh ordained priest among seminarians finishing their studies this year, in addition to an ordained deacon, all going forth into the Orthodox Church in America.</p> <p>May God grant Fr. Stephan and Matushka Denise many blessed years!</p> <p>(Photos by Seminarian Joseph Clark)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Memorial Day Pilgrimage Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;The 113th Memorial Day Pilgrimage began with the early Divine Liturgy at 7:30am, in the Monastery Church. &nbsp;This is traditionally the Liturgy at which the graduating class gathers together to sing and serve. &nbsp;This year, with all the ordained senior seminarians, this Liturgy was quite full. &nbsp;Seminarians served with Hieromonk Herman, served in the altar, and assisted in singing the responses for this Liturgy. &nbsp;The graduating class gathered together at the conclusion of the Liturgy for one more photo together. &nbsp;May God grant them many years of fruitful service in our Lord's vineyard!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The main Liturgy began with a procession to the Bell Tower Church for 10am. &nbsp;His Beatitude led the concelebrating hierarchs, clergy, and faithful in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. &nbsp;As on Sunday, St. Tikhon's Choir and the PaTram Choir sang the responses. &nbsp;Please see the full story on the day's events on our OCA website, <a href="">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The second photo is of&nbsp;Archimandrite Pimen of the Diocese of Khust and Vinohradova of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who traveled to the United States for the pilgrimage to venerate Saint Alexis&rsquo; relics. &nbsp;Metropolitan Tikhon presented relics of St. Alexis for him to take back to Metropolitan Mark, and remarked how wonderful it is that visitors come here to venerate the relics of Saints here in America!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archimandrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, shared his reflections during the Divine Liturgy, that in the midst of the rain coming down, those present surely were not "fair weather Christians!" &nbsp;Those gathered participated in events throughout the course of the day. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Thanks be to God for a most successful and meaningful weekend of St. Tikhon's Seminary's 75th graduation, and the 113th Monastery Pilgrimage!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Benedict Sheehan Tonsured Reader during Pilgrimage Weekend Sun, 28 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;During the Hours before Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 28th, Benedict Sheehan, Director of Music for St. Tikhon's Seminary, and Director of the Monastery Choir, was tonsured a reader by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who led the services of the Pilgrimage weekend.</p> <p>The responses for the Divine Liturgy on Sunday and Monday were sung by St. Tikhon's Choirs and participants in the PaTram Choir Conductor and Singer Workshop, led&nbsp;Maestro Dr. Peter Jermihov. &nbsp;He and other faculty worked with these participants through the course of the weekend that included particpation in these divine services. &nbsp;Particicpants also attended the St. Tikhon's Chamber Choir concert Sunday evening.</p> <p>(Photos, Seminarian Bob West, and Reader Andrew Bohush)</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Seminary Celebrates its 75th Commencement Exercises Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;On May 27th, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, St. Tikhon's Seminary celebrated its 75th Annual Commencement Exercises!</p> <p>In his introductory remarks, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Seminary Rector, shared again the good news of the seminary's positive reaccreditation review with the Association of Theological Schools, and thanked all those who offered time and talent toward this goal.</p> <p>Graduates recognized during graduation included those completing the M.Div. Degree Program, Diaconal Certificate Program, and one completing a one-year Certificate of Pastoral Studies. &nbsp;</p> <p>Dn. Stephan Gresh completed the Certificate of Pastoral Studies. &nbsp;</p> <p>Scott Anderson, Lawrence Barlow, Ivan Baz&aacute;rov, Gleb Ivan&oacute;v, Stephan Karlgut, Steven Orr, Hierodeacon Maximus (Romanchak), Michael Speck, and Scott Staller, all completed the Diaconate Certificate Program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Those graduating with their Master of Divinity Degree included: &nbsp;Reader Andrew Bohush, Priest Basil Ferguson, Priest Matthew Fuhrman, Subdeacon Marshall Goodge, Megan Haak Lincoln, &nbsp;Priest Michael Hill, Priest Matthew Joyner, Reader Paul Kappanadze, Priest John Kennerk, Deacon Jonathan Lincoln, Nazar Lukash&oacute;v, Priest Andrew Nelko, and Veljko Pejović. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Later in the commencement program, Metropolitan Tikhon made special mention that four graduates: &nbsp;Stephan Karlgut, Andrew Bohush, Paul Kappanadze, and Fr. Andrew Nelko were all sons of clergy currently serving the church. &nbsp;Their fathers and family were all present for this graduation!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Of those completing M.Div. studies, eight graduated "with honors" by completing a thesis or project: &nbsp;Andrew Bohush, Priest Matthew Fuhrman, Marshall Goodge, Priest Matthew Joyner, Paul Kappanadze, Deacon Jonathan Lincoln, andVeljko Pejović, who was also recognized for his thesis by the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). &nbsp;Priest Mikel Hill, who was among the honors graduates, also was the class Valedictorian and addressed those gathered.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fr. Andrew Nelko, Outgoing President of the Student Government, presented the Fr. Alexander Atty Memorial Award for Community Service, to Archimandrite Sergius, for the many ways he has supported the seminarians and their family members. He was presented an icon, painted on stone, of Jesus washing the feet of His Disciples. &nbsp;Archimandrite Sergius expressed gratitude for this recognition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fr. Patrick Burns, Alumni President, addressed the graduates, and also initiated an annual "Alumni of the Year" Award. &nbsp;Archpriest Joseph Martin was the inaugural recipient after decades of service to the seminary and greater church, including being the longest serving member of the board of trustees. &nbsp;Fr. Joseph was quite moved by this award.</p> <p>Archbishop Michael presented His Grace, Thomas, Bishop of Charleston, Oakland, and the Midatlantic Diocese of the Antiochian Archdiocese, both through his own reflections and reading the Citation by which he would be awarded the Doctor of Divinity Degree, <em>Honoris Causa. &nbsp;</em>Bishop Thomas, after Metropolitan Tikhon placed his doctoral hood, gave the Commencement Address. &nbsp;You can read the text <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/2017-Event-Files/05-27-17-Honorary-Doctorate-Address/COMMENCEMENT-ADDRESS-Bishop-Thomas.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Early in the Commencement Program in his comments, Archpriest StevenVoytovich, Seminary Dean, shared that Sergei Arhipov was retiring from his service as Librarian and Registrar, after decades of service to the seminary, the national church, and beyond. Metropolitan Tikhon, in the midst of his closing comments, presented Sergei with a Primatial Gramota. &nbsp;Sergei was likwise moved to receive this recognition. &nbsp;This is especially true as Sergei later recalled being at the seminary when His Beatitude first arrived as a new seminarian and monastic, as one of those full circle moments!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Before ending this brief account of graduation, it is important to draw attention to this particular class of M.Div. graduates. &nbsp;They were identified by those addressing them as being as shining examples of graduates to go out into the Church, and not just individually, but as a class forming deep bonds with one another. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">May God grant many blessed years of ministry in our Lord's Vineyard to all this year's St. Tikhon's Seminary graduates!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos, Seminarian Moses Cabe, and others.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Graduation Day Divine Liturgy Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;">[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] &nbsp;St. Tikhon's 75th seminary annual commencement day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, led by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. &nbsp;Metropolitan Tikhon was joined by Archbishop Michael and Bishop Thomas, who were also present for the beginning of the pilgrimage on Friday afternoon. &nbsp;Seminary clergy, ordained seminarians, alumni, board members, monastery brotherhood members, and others came together for this Divine Liturgy celebrated during the Feast of Ascension. &nbsp;His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, was the homilist. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following the Divine Liturgy, Archimandrite Sergius provided a generous luncheon for all attending, before graduation exercises got underway at 1pm. &nbsp;Please see separate write-up on graduation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photos by Reader Andrew Bohush, and Seminarian Bob West.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's to Host 20th Annual Golf Tournament on August 19 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #993366;">St. Tikhon's Seminary will host its&nbsp;<strong>20th Annual Golf Tournament</strong>&nbsp;on&nbsp;Saturday, August 19, 2017&nbsp;at Jack Frost National Golf Course in Blakeslee, PA.</span><br /> <br /><span style="color: #993366;"> The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at&nbsp;1:00 PM. An Awards Banquet will be held at&nbsp;6:00 PM&nbsp;at the course.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> The day is filled with great golf, great food, and great fellowship.&nbsp;The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, lunch, banquet, refreshments, and prizes. Contact Bernard Golubiewski at&nbsp;570-825-4780&nbsp;or&nbsp;<span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;"></span></a>&nbsp;</span>to reserve a space or book a foursome. A registration form is available for download <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/StTikhonsGolf.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is a special event in the life of the seminary, and we hope to reach a target of $20,000! &nbsp;If you would like to offer a sponsorship, please find that information <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/Golf-Tournament/20th-Annual-Golf-Tournament-sponsorship.pdf"><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>, even if you are not able to join us on this day of fellowship!</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary The Fords' Speaking Tour in the Pacific Northwest Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div style="text-align: justify;">From June 10 through June 21, 2017, our professors Drs. David and Mary Ford toured the Pacific Northwest, speaking in six parishes, in each of which the priest is a St. Tikhon's Seminary graduate.&nbsp; Altogether, the six parishes are in four jurisdictions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In Bozeman, Montana, where Fr. David Morrison (IMG 4535) is the priest of the St. Anthony the Great OCA parish, Dr. David spoke on Saturday, June 10, on "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries"; and Dr. Mary spoke on "Dealing with&nbsp;<em>Logismoi</em>&nbsp;in Marriage and Other Relationships."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">On the evening of the next day, June 11, at the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Church in Kallispell, Montana, where Fr. Daniel Kirk is the pastor, they both spoke on "When the Foundations Are Shaken: Guidance from the Book of Revelation and the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia."&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1033435235"><span class="aQJ">On Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;evening, June 13, at the Holy Myrrh-Bearers Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, where Fr. Gregory Horton is the pastor, Dr. David spoke on "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries." &nbsp;Then the next day Dr. Mary spoke on the theme of "When the Foundations Are Shaken: Guidance from the Book of Revelation," followed by Dr. David speaking on "When the Foundations Are Shaken: Guidance from the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia."&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1033435236"><span class="aQJ">On Friday</span></span>&nbsp;evening, June 16, at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma, Washington, where Fr. Seraphim Majmudar is the priest, Dr. David spoke on "Dealing with Despondency: Wisdom from the Letters of St. John Chrysostom to the Deaconess St. Olympia."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">On Saturday, June 17, at the Annunciation OCA parish in Milwaukie, Oregon (a suburb of Portland), where Fr. Athanasius Shaw is one of the assistant priests, Dr. David spoke on the topic "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_1033435237"><span class="aQJ">On Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;evening, June 20, at the Archangel Gabriel OCA parish in Ashland, Oregon, where Fr. Andreas Blom is the pastor, Dr. David again spoke on "Insights into Marriage from the Saints through the Centuries."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Along the way, the Fords visited five of our great National Parks - Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Glacier, Olympic, and Crater Lake.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">"It was an amazing and glorious trip, filled with wonderful Christian fellowship and spectacular natural beauty," the Fords said. &nbsp;"The whole trip was a great blessing in many ways!"</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon's Community Hosts Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div style="text-align: justify;">With the blessing and enthusiastic endorsement and encouragement of Vladyka Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon's Seminary, and Fr. Steven Voytovich, our Dean, a week-long intensive training for instructors in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Christian Education Program was held at the Seminary from May 30 through June 5, 2017.&nbsp; Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a terrific, experientially-oriented, Montessori-based, hands-on program that begins with 3 to 6 year olds.&nbsp; Further training is required for the subsequent two "units" - the 6 to 9 year olds, and the 9 to 12 year olds.&nbsp; Originally developed Sofia Cavaletti and Gianna Gobbi in the Roman Catholic Church some 35 years ago, it has been thoroughly adapted for the use of Orthodox parishes during the last ten years, and it is being used by a growing number of Orthodox parishes across the US.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The recognized formation leader for this year's training program was Mrs. Shelley Finkler, from Anchorage, Alaska.&nbsp; Organized with intensive efforts by the whole St. Tikhon's Community, and led by Dr. Mary Ford of our Community, there were 15 participants, including a number of wives of students who have just graduated, in the hope and expectation that they will institute this program in their new parishes.&nbsp; Also included were two of our first-year students.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">With St. Anna's Atrium already permanently set in place in one of the old classrooms in the Seminary building, we all are greatly looking forward to this outstanding Christian Education program being put into action in the coming Fall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many thanks to everyone who helped to organize this event, and to all who attended.</div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Tikhon’s Seminary Announces Enrollment into Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation Program Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[STOTS Communications, Philadelphia, PA]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary is announcing open enrollment into an expanded Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation program!&nbsp; The program is currently structured to satisfy the educational requirements of laymen who would like to pursue ordination into the Diaconate.&nbsp; It is also intended for faithful men and women, who would like to deepen their knowledge of Orthodox theology and spiritual life to be more effective in their ministry in the Church.&nbsp; The expanded program now consists of two educational tracks: one for those who intend to serve as Deacons in the Orthodox Church and another for those who are actively involved in parish leadership.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Parish Leadership Formation program is designed for laypeople who would like to seek greater knowledge of our Orthodox Faith toward exercising a more active role in the life of their parish. The program will be helpful for those: serving on parish council, conducting catechetical instructions, teaching Sunday School, and leading youth activities, assisting with church services either in the altar or in the choir, or undertaking any responsibility in the parish life that can benefit from the knowledge of Orthodox Theology, Spirituality and Liturgy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk, the director of the program, remarked: &ldquo;We are very excited with the decision of St. Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary to create an opportunity for dedicated Orthodox faithful of our area to learn more about Theology, Scripture and Liturgy.&nbsp; This program is ideal for those who have full-time employment and are able to commute once a week to Philadelphia.&nbsp; In contrast with correspondence courses, the ability to meet for both prayer and classes and to spend time in fellowship with other students allows participants to have an important formational aspect which is indispensable for their ministry in the setting of an Orthodox parish.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The program meets on Saturdays over the course of two years from September to May at St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral in North-East Philadelphia, PA. &nbsp;To download a copy of the flyer, click <span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;"><a href="/files/2017-Event-Files/Diaconal-Training/Diaconal_Training_Flyer.pdf"><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;For any questions about the program, please contact Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk at 215-745-3232 or <a href=""></a>.</p></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Recording of STM Chamber Choir to be Broadcast on Public Radio Sun, 28 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon's Monastery performed&nbsp;a memorial concert of sacred music, including Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Nine Sacred Pieces</em>, at Saint Stephen&rsquo;s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA on Sunday, May 28.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After hearing&nbsp;Tchaikovsky&rsquo;s seminal compositions, performed in the original Church Slavonic, the crowd responded with such a long and&nbsp;rousing standing ovation that the Choir, which had not prepared an encore, repeated one selection.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In attendance were various distinguished guests, including His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence Archbishop Irenee, and His Eminence Archbishop Michael.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In the first half of the program, the men of the Chamber Choir, which is a professional ensemble, were joined by some of the most talented members of the St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir for a performance of&nbsp;Stepan Smolensky&rsquo;s deeply contemplative&nbsp;<em>Memorial Service for Tsar Alexander III</em>&nbsp;(1904), scored for male chorus, and presented in a new English transcription by Benedict Sheehan, Director of Music at the Seminary.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: left;">Selections from the concert will be airing on WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio. &nbsp;&nbsp;The first installment of the recording will be aired during a weekly show,&nbsp;<em>Music from Saint Stephen's</em>, this coming Sunday, June 4. Listeners can hear the program twice in the same day: from&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_753041242"><span class="aQJ">7:00-7:30 am</span></span>&nbsp;and from&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_753041243"><span class="aQJ">4:00-4:30 pm</span></span>. &nbsp;</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Listeners outside of the reception area for the station can still listen live online by visiting <span style="color: #ff00ff;"><a href=""><span style="color: #ff00ff;">here</span></a></span>. &nbsp;&nbsp;Additional broadcasts will air on the following two Sundays.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>(Story and photos by Seraphim Danckaert, Director of Mission Advancement)</div> </div></div> St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary