From His Grace Bishop TIKHON
The Orthodox Vision
I recently forced myself through a flurry of “straight-ening up things.” This describes an activity meant tobring order out of chaos, but actually resulting in thecreation of a new sort of disorder out of the old: it’salso called “paper-shuffling.” I re-sorted all my cop-ies of “The Orthodox Church” (since the first issue),all my copies of “The Russian-American OrthodoxMessenger” that preceded “The Orthodox Church,”all my copies of “One Church” (organ of the Mos-cow Exarchate/Parishes in America), all my copiesof the “Messenger” (Viestnik) of the Russian StudentChristian Movement since the 20s, all my copies of the “Messenger” of the Moscow Patriarchate in West-ern Europe, all my copies of “Orthodox Life”,“Pravoslaynaya Rus”, “Pravoslavnaya Zhizn,” and the“Orthodox Word.” Finally, I came to our diocesan pe-riodical (s). I do not have the earliest such: these wereXeroxed one-sheet flyers that Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky,then the Rector of the St. Innocent Mission at HolyTrinity Cathedral, used to send by bulk via air freightto each Dean, who then was obligated to distributethem in his Deanery. But I do have the next realiza-tion of a Diocesan periodical, the newspaper “Lightof Life”, and I arranged all my copies of them, thenall my copies of its successor, “The Orthodox West,”then all my copies of what we have today: the finemagazine: “Orthodox Vision.”I’ve always contributed articles to the issues of “TheOrthodox West” and to the “Orthodox Vision” sinceyou, brothers and sisters, and the Holy Synod of theOrthodox Church in America elected me and His Be-atitude, together with Archbishop Dmitri, BishopBoris, and Bishop Job, consecrated me Bishop.This issue, however, I am going only to present a veryshort repeat of a couple paragraphs that I gave in my“Chancellor’s Report” in the Fall, 1984, issue of “Light of Life,” during the time when His Grace,Bishop Boris, was ad-ministering our Dio-cese, since it says justwhat I want to say toyou today:
The Apostolic and Eucharistic life of our diocese and its parishes goes on.This alone
should be a cause for joyon all our parts…joy which might bedifficult to express, but which never-theless truly exists. I believe that wemust as diocese go forward and growbased on our immense potential and God’s love for us, and that the impor-tant keys to that growth and progressare a kind of joyous asceticism and aserious rededication to the unchang-ing values and goals of Holy Tradi-tion. The late Serbian theologian, Fr. Justin Popovich, wrote that the truemissionary endeavor is asceticism. Indeed, the deepest goals and aimsof both asceticism and missionarywork are based in the love of others. I see one of these deep goals and aimsas charity (or charities) and a clear-cut program developed for and by it. I hope that our diocesan council willcreate this department and that theclear mandate for it will come fromthe floor of the assembly.