The Feast of Pentecost was especially moving at the Monastery Church, with Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, David, Bishop of Sitka and the Diocese of Alaska leading the celebration. Many of the monastics were elevated during the course of the Liturgy. At the Great Entrance, Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak) was given the dignity of wearing the Gold Pectoral Cross in recognition of his new role as Monastery Dean. Fr. Ignatius Gauvain, Director of Student Life for the seminary, was given the right to wear the Nabedrenik. Hierodeacon Mark (Romanchank) was given the dignity of wearing the double orarion. Riasaphor Monk David (Armstrong) was ordained to the Holy Diaconate after graduating from St. Tikhon’s Diaconal program on Saturday. Axios, and may God grant all those elevated many years! Kneeling Vespers was celebrated as the Liturgy concluded.
Also on the Feast of Pentecost, Seminarian Vjekoslav Jovičić was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Stroudsburg PA. His Eminence, the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania was the celebrant. Archpriest Nicholas Solak, parish rector, and Wilkes-Barred Dean, participated in the celebration along with Protodeacon Sergei Kapral. Seminarian Silouan Burns was ordained a subdeacon before the Divine Liturgy. After Liturgy all shared lunch together, at the church hall before returning to the church for Kneeling Vespers.
(Photos at the monastery were taken by Seminarian Robert West.)