His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the 47th annual Saint Herman Pilgrimage here August 7-9, 2017. Also present for the liturgical services and festivities was His Grace, Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa.
The pilgrimage opened on Monday evening, August 7, with the celebration of the Akathistos Hymn in honor of Saint Herman at Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral, in which his relics are enshrined. The following morning, the Feast of Saint Jacob Netsvetov, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the cathedral. Bishop Daniel delivered the homily. That evening, the Vigil for the Feast of Saint Herman was celebrated, and the many pilgrims who attended were blessed with the opportunity to venerate his relics. Due to inclement weather on the Feast of Saint Herman—Wednesday, August 9—travel to Spruce Island was impossible; consequently, the festal Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, at which Metropolitan Tikhon delivered the homily, also was celebrated at Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral.
See related article, which includes the entire text of Metropolitan Tikhon’s stirring homily.