OCA: Reflections in Christ
Pastoral reflections on Orthodox Christianity
Sermon on the Great Feast of Pentecost
23 Jun 2024 at 5:42pm
by Metropolitan Tikhon

Saint Nicholas Cathedral
June 23, 2024

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today is the glorious day of Pentecost, the consummation of the entire Paschal movement. On Holy Thursday night, the night on which he was given up, the Lord told us that he was going away so that he could send another Comforter, and today, that other Comforter arrives in a great rush of wind.

Today, the Holy Spirit who rested on the Lord Jesus during the days of his flesh, who sits forever enthroned together with the Father and the Son from before the ages—today, this Spirit is sent and descends to be enthroned upon each of the disciples of the Christ, upon all who are gathered in the Upper Room.

The Spirit descends in tongues like flame, and each who receives him becomes like a candle or lamp. Lit by the spiritual fire of divine energy, the apostles are no longer hidden in the Cenacle, but rather they go into the streets to spread the light and warmth of the Gospel, ...




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...