After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Troparion St. Tikhon from the Menaion

(ROCOR Menaion) 
Tone I
Let us praise Tikhon, the Patriarch of All Russia chosen by the will of God, the lover of the traditions of the apostles, the good shepherd of the Church of Christ, who laid down his life for his sheep. and with faith and hope let us cry out to him: By thy hierarchial intercession before the Lord maintain the Church of Russia in peace, gather its scattered children into one flock, turn to repentance those who have fallen away from the Orthodox Faith, preserve our land from civil strife, and ask thou the peace of God for the people.

(ROCOR Menaion) 
Tone II
Adorned with a gentle character, showing meekness and loving-kindness to the penitent, thou didst yet remain firm and unshaken in the confession of the Orthodox Faith and in love for the Lord, O Tikhon, holy hierarch of Christ.  Pray thou for us, that we be not separated from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

World-orthodoxy (OCA) commemorates St. Tikhon on April 7 n.s.  World-orthodoxy claims St. Tikhon for their own, but he is ours.  If he came back to earth for a today, we can be certain he would not serve in their churches.  Although, he might visit their churches to admonish them...

Troparion  World-orthodox Version  Tone 1
Let us praise Tikhon, the patriarch of all Russia, / And enlightener of North America / An ardent follower of the Apostolic traditions, / And good pastor of the Church of Christ. / Who was elected by divine providence, / And laid down his life for his sheep. / Let us sing to him with faith and hope, / And ask for his hierarchical intercessions: / Keep the church in Russia in tranquility, / And the church in North America in peace. / Gather her scattered children into one flock, / Bring to repentance those who have renounced the True Faith, / Preserve our lands from civil strife, / And entreat God’s peace for all people!
Kontakion  World-orthodox Version  Tone 3
Today the assembly of New Martyrs / Stands together with us in the Church / And together we raise a festive song / Celebrating the uncovering of the relics of our Hierarch Father Tikhon / Who defeated the enemy and preserved the Faith / While protecting the flock entrusted to him. / For he ever prays for us all / That we may never be deprived of the Love of God.

1 comment:

Joanna said...

Gospel reading for St, Tikhon, John 10:9-16, is about the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep and the hireling who lets the wolf scatter the sheep. 50 years ago we associated the reference to scattered sheep with the Metropolia (OCA). Today the OCA is no longer scattered sheep. Now they are lost sheep. New generations of scattered sheep become lost sheep. Today we associate the reference to scattered sheep with the sheep in the fragments.

Who is responsible for scattering the sheep? Every time there is a scattering the MP is behind it. First in the early 1900s when ROCOR went into exile, then with the Metropolia in the 70s, and today with the ROCOR-MP union. The MP is the wolf. The hireling is Laurus and also the leaders of the fragments. Laurus took ROCOR sheep out by one door and the leaders of the fragments took ROCOR sheep out by another door.

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