Yesterday lunchtime, students at St. John's received an unexpected blessing when Abbot Sergius, head of St. Tikhon's Monastery (OCA) in Pennsylvania, visited the school with a collection of precious relics that he is accompanying in his travels in our region.
Breaking early from their normal morning classes, our students assembled in the large Hall to meet Fr. Sergius and venerate relics of Sts. Innocent and Tikhon of Alaska, as well as other North American saints. They were also able to venerate several items that belonged to St. Innocent, including his chalice used in missionary travels, his panaghia, and his copy of the Gospel according to St Matthew, printed in Slavonic and the Saint's own Aleut translation, with his notes and comments hand-written throughout.
There was a spirit of anticipation and joy when our school community learned of this visit, and everyone present felt the great blessing of the saints whose relics were in our midst.
We wish Abbot Sergius and his companions safe travels throughout the remainder of their journey.