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Banquet reservations still available for celebration of Feast of St. John of Chicago October 29-30

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — As previously announced, His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin, Russia will join His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Paul at Holy Trinity Cathedral here October 29-30, 2016 for the celebration of the Feast of Saint John [Kochurov] of Chicago.

According to Archpriest John Adamcio, cathedral Dean, Bishop Mstislav will arrive at Holy Trinity Cathedral at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, after which an Akathistos Hymn in honor of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God will be celebrated.  The Vigil will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m.  On Sunday, October 30, Metropolitan Tikhon and Bishops Paul and Mstislav will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. at the cathedral.

Tickets are still available for the post-Liturgy banquet, slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Pizano’s Restaurant, 2056 West Division Street, Chicago.  Donation for the banquet is $55.00 per person or $100.00 per couple.  A special children’s menu and pricing also are available.  Tickets may be ordered by calling Dennis Pelak at 847-602-2118.  Additional information, menu and related information may be accessed on Holy Trinity Cathedral’s web site.

During the celebration, Bishop Mstislav will present an exact reproduction of the Wonderworking Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God to the cathedral.  The original icon was ascribed to the hand of the Evangelist Luke and was enshrined in Jerusalem and later Constantinople before it appeared in northern Russia in the late 14th century.  The icon remained in Tikhvin’s Dormition Monastery until its closure and subsequent destruction by the Soviet authorities in the 1920s, after which it was taken to Latvia in the face of Nazi advances during World War II.  In 1949, His Grace, Bishop John [Garklavs] of Riga — later Archbishop of Chicago — brought the icon to the US, where for many years it was enshrined in Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral.  After Archbishop John’s death in 1982, his adopted son, Archpriest Sergei Garklavs, was the icon’s guardian until it was returned to the Tikhvin Monastery in 2004.  See related story.

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