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Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin to visit Holy Trinity Cathedral for Feast of St. John of Chicago October 29-30

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

The Feast of Saint John, who served as rector and builder of the historic cathedral before returning to Russia, where he was the first cleric to be martyred at the outset of the Russian Revolution, is commemorated on October 31 — the day of his death.

Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin to visit Holy Trinity Cathedral for Feast of St John of Chicago October 29-30
Bishop Paul and Bishop Mstislav with reproduction of the Tikhvin Icon, July 2016.

During the celebration, Bishop Mstislav will present a faithful reproduction of the Wonderworking Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God to the cathedral.  As is widely known, 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.  Enshrined in Tikhvin’s Dormition Monastery, where it remained until its closure and subsequent destruction by the Soviet authorities in the 1920s, the icon 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 with him 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, Father Sergei Garklavs, was the icon’s guardian until it was returned to the Tikhvin Monastery in 2004.  See related story.

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 will be celebrated.  Update: The icon will not be present until Sunday; therefore, the Akathistos Hymn at 2:00 p.m. will instead be sung to Saint John.  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 9:00 a.m. at the cathedral.  A banquet will follow at Pizano’s, 2056 West Division Street, Chicago at 1:00 p.m.  Donation for the banquet will be $55.00 per person or $100.00 per couple.  A special children’s menu and pricing also will be available.

Additional information and details will be posted on the Diocese of the Midwest web site as it becomes available and will be sent to all parishes, OCA and non-OCA alike, in the immediate future.

“In 2017, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Saint John’s martyrdom, as well as the 125th anniversary of the cathedral’s founding,” said Father John.  “October’s celebration will focus attention on the cathedral’s historic past while serving as the opening of the anniversary year.”

In related news, a newly commissioned icon of the “Synaxis of Saints of Holy Trinity Cathedral” will be blessed and enshrined in the cathedral during the weekend.  The icon features six North American saints associated with the cathedral and an iconographic rendering of the late Metropolitan Leonty, who served as Bishop and Archbishop of Chicago prior to his election as Metropolitan in 1950.

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Upcoming Feasts of the Church

Polyeleos-rank Jun 19 - The Holy Apostle Jude the Brother of the Lord
Polyeleos-rank Jun 23 - Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God
Great Feast Jun 24 - Nativity of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John
Polyeleos-rank Jun 26 - Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jun 28 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Fathers Sergius and Herman, Wonder-workers of Valaam
Great Feast Jun 29 - The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul
Polyeleos-rank Jul 2 - The Holy Hierarch John Maximovich, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco;
Polyeleos-rank Jul 3 - The Holy Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow
Polyeleos-rank Jul 5 - Our Venerable Father Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh
Polyeleos-rank Jul 6 - Our Venerable Father Athanasius of Mount Athos
Vigil-rank Jul 8 - The Sitka (Kazan) Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 10 - The Deposition of the Robe of our Savior; Polyeleos-rank Our Venerable Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves
Polyeleos-rank Jul 11 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Blessed Princess Olga
Polyeleos-rank Jul 12 - Icon of the Mother of God, called The Three Hands
Polyeleos-rank Jul 14 - Our Venerable Father Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
Vigil-rank Jul 15 - The Holy Equal of the Apostles Great Prince Vladimir
Polyeleos-rank Jul 17 - New Royal Passion-bearers Tsar Nicholas and his family
Vigil-rank Jul 19 - Our Venerable Father Seraphim, Wonder-worker of Sarov
Vigil-rank Jul 20 - Holy and Glorious Prophet Elijah
Polyeleos-rank Jul 23 - Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 24 - Right-believing Russian Princes Boris and Gleb
Polyeleos-rank Jul 26 - The Righteous Priest Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of the Native Peoples of Alaska
Polyeleos-rank Jul 28 - Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God
Polyeleos-rank Jul 30 - The Holy Martyr John the Warrior


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