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On February 3, 2019, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, led the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Great Martyr Catherine on Vspolye. His Beatitude was assisted by His Eminence Matthew, Bishop of Sourozh, temporary Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada,  Most Reverend Daniel, Bishop of Santa Rose; Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Administrator of the Orthodox Church in America; Archpriest Daniel Andreiuk, representative of the Orthodox Church in America under the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; Archpriest Leonid Kalinin, rector of the Church of St Clement, Pope of Rome, as well as Archpriest Alexy Kurenkov, diocesan ancient guard of the Moscow City Diocese, Rector of the Belgorod Theological Seminary; Archpriest Christopher Hill, Priest Pavel Zuev, Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Secretary of the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America; Deacons Gleb Kryazhevsky, Dmitry Asratyan and Cyril Dotsenko.
A representative of the Canadian Embassy - Stefan Zhoben, Deputy Head of the Mission, Minister-Counselor of the Canadian Embassy, as well as Melanie Ringa, Treasurer of the Orthodox Church in America, have attended the service.

The choir, directed by Archdeacon Damaskin (Leontiev), sung liturgical chants.

After the liturgy, Archpriest Daniel Andreiuk thanked His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon for leading the liturgy and expressed the hope that on December 7, 2019, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America will be able to attend the feast day of their church, since this day marks 25 years of the metokion foundation. Father Daniel presented to His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon a panagia with a picture of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, who is the spiritual patron of the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

Also, Father Daniel thanked the American delegation, all clergy, parishioners of the church, and all those who were able to share the joy of worship today.

In response, Metropolitan Tikhon noted that he was pleased to be present at the metokion of the Orthodox Church in America, that he sees the colossal changes that had occurred during the past year since Father Daniel had been appointed Rector of this church. He can see the result of the rector's work. He also stressed that he is very grateful to Archpriest Leonid Kalinin, who, being the diocesan treasurer, is directly involved in changing the appearance of our church and its beautification.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon has especially thanked Vladyka Matthew, Bishop of Sourozh, who received the American delegation and, in appreciation, presented Vladyka with an icon depicting St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, the miracle-worker and the Great Martyr Catherine.

As a gift to the temple, Metropolitan Tikhon presented a particle of relics of St Herman of Alaska.