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St. Tikhon’s Monastery 114th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage

In 1905, on the Friday before Memorial Day, a group of Russian Orthodox faithful set out from Mayfield, Pennsylvania. Some rode by train, buggy, and wagon, but many simply walked, crossing over Mt. Salem to a common meeting place in Waymart. Once everyone had gathered, the procession then continued on foot to the little village of South Canaan and the sacred grounds of the newly-founded St. Tikhon’s Monastery. Patriarch Tikhon—now St. Tikhon of Moscow and the Monastery’s founder—along with the Monastery’s first Abbot, Fr. Arseny, led the procession. This was the first Memorial Day Pilgrimage.

113 years later, St. Tikhon’s Monastery, nestled amongst the rolling hills and farms of the Pocono Mountain region, remains a beating heart for Orthodox faithful in America. Year after year, in accordance with our founder St. Tikhon’s wishes, pilgrims have returned each Memorial Day weekend to these grounds “where saints have walked” as a means of reconnecting with God and the spiritual tradition of the Orthodox Church. They attend the rich and festive services, meet old friends and make new ones, enjoy time with family, take in a spiritual word from one of the fathers of the Monastery, remember loved ones who have departed to the next life, and receive comfort for souls burdened with the cares of this one.

This year’s 114th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage continues the tradition laid down by St. Tikhon and Fr. Arseny. It will be especially graced, once again, by the presence of the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, as well as by the presence of numerous hierarchs, clergy, faithful, and friends of the Orthodox Church in this land. Come, pilgrims, and walk in the footsteps of the Saints!

Pilgrimage Schedule

FRIDAY, MAY 25

3:30 pm Official Opening of the 114th Pilgrimage — Main Gate
Moleben to the Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, Matins for the departed — Monastery Church

4:00 pm Vespers and Matins — Monastery Church
All pilgrims are invited to dinner in the monastery dining hall following the services

SATURDAY, MAY 26

9:00 am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy — Monastery Church
A meal for all pilgrims in the monastery dining hall following the service

1:00 pm 75th Commencement of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary - All Saints' Bell Tower

4:00 pm Pentecost Vigil — Monastery Church
All pilgrims are invited to dinner in the monastery dining hall following the service

SUNDAY, MAY 27

9:00 am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy — Monastery Church
A meal for all pilgrims in the monastery dining hall following the service

4:00 pm Matins — Monastery Church

7:30 pm Concert: Rachmaninov, All-Night Vigil - St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA

MONDAY, MAY 28

7:30 am Divine Liturgy – Monastery Church
10:00 am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy — All Saints’ Bell Tower Chapel
12:15 pm Veterans’ Memorial Service — All Saints’ Bell Tower Chapel
1:30 pm Akathist to Saint Alexis Toth — Monastery Church
2:15 pm Moleben to the Most Holy Theotokos and Anointing of the Sick, Infirm, and all Pilgrims — All Saints’ Bell Tower Chapel
4:00 pm Vespers and Matins — Monastery Church

Lecture Schedule coming soon.

Children's Events Schedule coming soon.


St. Tikhon's Choir Festival

May 26-28, 2018 | South Canaan, PA

Do you love making beautiful music with other people who love it too? Do you want to sing in a great choir during rich Orthodox services, surrounded by bishops, clergy, and faithful? Come to St. Tikhon’s Choir Festival!

This Memorial Day weekend, singers and choir directors are invited to gather at St. Tikhon’s Monastery—America’s oldest Orthodox monastery—and prepare to sing in the Divine Liturgy for the Monastery’s 114th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage.

Festival participants will join in rehearsals with the Monastery’s staff of musicians; take masterclasses in Vocal Technique, Conducting, and Church Reading; be immersed in the rich sonorities of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, sung by the world class Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery; and enjoy singing alongside members of the Chamber Choir during Monday’s hierarchical Divine Liturgy.

Singers–$115 | Conductors–$190

Prices include masterclasses, meals offered at the Monastery, and concert ticket. Lodging is not included. Please see Visitor Info page to explore lodging options.

Registration Instructions

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Saturday, May 26

8:15am Registration
9:00 - 11:00am Vocal Workshop with Maria Sheehan
11:30am Lunch in Monastery Dining Hall
12:30 - 3:30pm Rehearsal with Anastasia Serdsev & Paul Kappanadze
6:30pm Dinner in Monastery Dining Hall
7:30 - 9:30pm Conductors’ Masterclass with Benedict Sheehan

Sunday, May 27

9:00am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy — Monastery Church
12:00pm Lunch in Monastery Dining Hall
1:30 - 3:30pm Liturgical Masterclass with Hieromonk Herman & Paul Kappanadze
7:30pm Concert: Rachmaninov, All-Night Vigil; St. Tikhon’s Monastery Chamber Choir

Monday, May 28

7:45 - 9:15am Rehearsal with Benedict Sheehan, Anastasia Serdsev & Paul Kappanadze, conductors’ run-through
10:00am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy




Visitor Info

Area Hotels

Carbondale Grand Hotel

25 S. Main St. Carbondale, PA
570-536-6020
Special rate - $99/night

Comfort Inn

117 Twin Rocks Rd., Lake Ariel, PA 18436
570-689-4148
$119-$127/night

Gravity Inn

40 Gravity Plains Rd, Waymart, PA 18472
570-488-6918
$70/night

Harvest Inn B&B

1415 N. Main St. Honesdale, PA
570-253-4533
$125-$150

E. Kellogg B&B

403 Wayne St, Honesdale, PA
570-253-5368
$125 - no breakfast

James Manning B&B

421 Wayne St, Honesdale, PA
570-253-5573 $125-Breakfast, $100-no breakfast, $95-single

The Lodge at Keen Lake

15 Warren Rix Drive Waymart, Pennsylvania 18472
570-488-9300
Condos from $189-$255/night