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!