The visit of His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, was concluded on December 10, 2014, after a stay in St Petersburg.
On the eve of the commemoration day, the All-Night Vigil was celebrated by Archbishop Amvrosy of Peterhof, rector of the St. Petersburg theological academy and seminary.
Greeting the audience were the DECR chairman, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, who said words full of feeling about the First World War, and Mr. Vygaudas Ušackas, EU representative in Russia.
A well-known figure in the Russian émigré community received the award in consideration of his long work for the of Russian Orthodox tradition in Western Europe and in connection with his 80th birthday.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent the following greeting to an outstanding figure of the Russian émigré community, Baron Tiesenhausen:
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent the following letter of greeting to Baron Tiesenhausen:
As part of his official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, is visiting St. Petersburg.
His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, arrived on December 7 in St Petersburg as part of his peace visit to the Russian Orthodox Church.
On the eve of the patron saint’s day and the 20th anniversary of the resumption of liturgical life of St. Catherin’s, His Beatitude Tikhon celebrated All-Night Vigil at the St. Catherine representation.
At St Nicholas Church, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America was met by its rector, archpriest Nikolai Sokolov, clerics, and parishioners.