May 4, 2012
South Canaan, PA: A Memorial Day Pilgrimage will be held from
Mayfield to St. Tikhon’s Monastery
Sunday, May 27, Pennsylvania will witness the rebirth of the
traditional Orthodox procession on Memorial Day weekend. The
faithful will process for 11 miles (over 3.5 hours) from St. John
the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield (ROCOR) to St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
Monastery in South Canaan (OCA). The Orthodox faithful of Eastern
Pennsylvania have been holding processions on Memorial Day weekend
This tradition ceased for many years when there were no canonical
relations between ROCOR and the OCA. As a result of the signing of
the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and
the Russian Church Abroad, on May 17, 2007, relations with the OCA
were normalized. ROCOR pilgrims started visiting the monastery in
greater numbers and the seminary began to fill up with students from
the Church Abroad. Organizers hope that the faithful of both OCA and
ROCOR will take part in the pilgrimage. As reported by the official
website of the OCA, "Faithful are invited to ‘walk in our
forefathers’ footsteps’ in the procession that follows the same
route from Mayfield to the Monastery."
St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield is once again playing a
key role in the annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s. The
day will begin with a Divine Liturgy in St. John the Baptist
Cathedral at 9:30 AM, followed by a luncheon in the cathedral hall.
The procession will begin with a moleben and then the faithful will
process on foot to the monastery.
Similar processions have taken place in recent years on a smaller
scale, but this year the procession will follow the original
Young people are especially encouraged to participate, and parishes
should bring their banners to carry. Pilgrims are invited to camp
out on the monastery grounds on Saturday night, May 26. Group
transportation to St. John’s will be provided on Sunday morning.
Camping will also be available on Sunday night, the eve of the
monastery pilgrimage proper.
Pilgrims are asked to please confirm their participation in the
procession from Mayfield with Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak at
or (914) 318-7505.
A detailed schedule of services at St. Tikhon’s Monastery is
Office of the Eastern American Diocese
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