OCA: Reflections in Christ
Pastoral reflections on Orthodox Christianity
Greetings of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon to His Beatitude Metropolitan ...
2 Jun 2024 at 11:23am
by Metropolitan Tikhon

June 2, 2024

Your Beatitude,
Your Eminences,
Your Graces,

Reverend Fathers of the Monastery,
Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy,
all you faithful who are gathered here to celebrate:

Christ is risen!

During this glorious Paschal seasons, it is my joy and honor to join Your Beatitude at Bancheny Monastery. It is my understanding that the monastery celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. The vitality of the monastic community and its social outreach are a demonstration of the perennial power of the Orthodox Christian faith. Our faith is not a relic of the distant past, but eternity irrupting into the present. The monastery’s splendor and achievements are a revelation of the eternal Today of the kingdom of God, a Today which we encounter most intimately in the holy and divine Liturgy which we have just celebrated.

Thus, as I thank Your Beatitude and the monastery brotherhood for your welcome and for your generous hospitality, I would like to reiterate my unyielding frat...







Greetings of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon to His Beatitude Metropolitan ...
1 Jun 2024 at 3:19am
by Metropolitan Tikhon

Chernivtsi Cathedral
June 1, 2024

Your Beatitude,

It is a joy for me to be here with you and all the brother bishops, priests, and the faithful who have gathered here during this Paschal season at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

The rich cultural heritage of the city is a microcosm of the rich culture of Ukraine, a cultural richness which the Church embraces and which in turn strengthens your holy Church in this God-protected land.

Thus, as I thank Your Beatitude and the clergy and people of Chernivtsi for your welcome and for your generous hospitality, I would like to reiterate my unyielding fraternal love and support for Your Beatitude, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and the entire Ukrainian people.

In this regard, while we of course affirm the right and obligation of your beloved country of Ukraine to defend itself against unjustified aggression, we also implore the civil authorities of this land to respect religious freedom, due process, and the norms of international l...




Remarks at the Conclusion of the Liturgy of Saint Basil with the Confection ...
2 May 2024 at 10:52am
by Metropolitan Tikhon

Monastery of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk
May 2, 2024

As we conclude the liturgy, I would like to address with my greeting and my gratitude all those hierarchs and other clergy who have traveled here as visitors in order to participate in the consecration of the holy chrism.

Your Eminences, Your Graces, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers,

During the season of the Fast, we have heard the Psalms of Ascent often in Church, including the well-known verses: “How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. It is like oil upon the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, to the collar of his robes.”

Together we have manifested that brotherly unity through concelebration and, indeed, through the consecration of chrism, the most sacred high priestly oil, the sealing of the Spirit’s gifts.

Chrism is a sign of the fullness of the unity of Christ that abides among and within the Churches through the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Unity whose grac...