The Canonization of St. Raphael
On May 29th, 2000, at St. Tikhon's Monastery in South Canaan, PA, the monastery that Bishop RAPHAEL helped consecrate many years earlier, he was glorified as a saint of the Holy Orthodox Church by the Orthodox Church in America
. Their Graces, Bishops BASIL and DEMETRI represented our Archdiocese at this memorable event. Many faithful of the Brooklyn Cathedral, St. Raphael's first community, made the pilgrimage to St.Tikhon's Monastery for this blessed event. Later that year, on his first feast day, November 4, 2000 (the first Saturday of November), St. Nicholas Cathedral welcomed His Grace, Bishiop DEMETRI to celebrate this memorable event. On the eve of the feast at Great Vespers, His Beatitude, Metropolitan THEODOSIUS, the former primate of the Orthodox Church in America, presented St. Nicholas Cathedral with a large reliquary containing the relics and icon of St. Raphael. This reliquary remains as a permanent appointment of the Cathedral.