Saint Days: St. Tikhon, Bishop and Ecumenist
Saint Tikhon (1865-1925) was born Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin in Russia. His ministry was primarily directed to the United States. He was the Bishop of Aleutians and Alaska in 1898. He eventually became Bishop over the entire United States and in 1905, was elevated to the level of Archbishop. Also in 1905, he established a monetary in Pennsylvania which is now Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
In 1917, he became the Bishop of Moscow, presiding over the Russian Orthodox Church during the Bolshevik revolution, which he opposed. He was persecuted by the state for his opposition to the nationalization of church property. However, due to pressure from the government, he signed a statement of loyalty to the USSR and was deposed in 1923. He passed away on April 7, 1925 after falling ill.
Let us remember St. Tikhon in our prayers today:
Almighty God, we give you thanks for the ministry of St. Tikhon who labored that the Church of Jesus Christ might be one: Grant that we, instructed by his teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.