Each year the monastery hosts its Patronal Feast Day Celebrations and Pilgrimage 

August 5th and 6th 

for the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Pilgrimage 2023 

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon at Holy Transfiguration Monastery’s Annual Pilgrimage


On Saturday, August 5, 2023, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon traveled to the Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA, for the monastery’s annual pilgrimage and to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the consecration of the monastery church which took place on September 28, 1968.

Before the Festal Vigil, Mother Christophora, the abbess of the Monastery, greeted Metropolitan Tikhon on behalf of the monastic community, welcoming him to the monastery at the original entrance to the timber-frame church. Vigil was celebrated by Archpriest Alexander Rentel, OCA Chancellor, along with numerous local and visiting clergy.  After the Matins Gospel, His Beatitude anointed the clergy, sisterhood, and pilgrims, greeting them in the joy of the feast.

On Sunday, August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the outdoor pavilion as is the custom for the pilgrimage. Concelebrating with His Beatitude were His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Father Alexander Rentel, and local and visiting priests and deacons.

In his homily, His Beatitude spoke of the feast and of the light of Christ, encouraging all to be filled with that light and to share it so it might be seen by others and celebrated.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, fruit was blessed followed by Metropolitan Tikhon addressing the clergy, monastics, and faithful, welcoming them and offering thanks to Mother Christophora and the monastic sisterhood for their hospitality.

Before the veneration of the cross, Archbishop Melchisedek read a prayer in front of the relics of Saint Herman for the safe travel of Metropolitan Tikhon and Deacon Vitaly Permiakov who were departing for the annual Saint Herman Pilgrimage in Alaska. The sisterhood provided lunch for all pilgrims following liturgy.

Before leaving for Alaska, Metropolitan Tikhon blessed the headstone cross recently placed at the grave of His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, former primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

Photos here.

Pilgrimage 2023 Schedule

Pilgrimage 2022 Schedule

Pilgrimage 2021

August 5-6, 2021

Archbishop Melchisedek was the main celebrant for our Patronal Feast Day. Fathers Nikolai Breckenridge, Andrew Nelko, John Kotalik, and John Parker, with Protodeacons John Oleynik and  Alexander Cadman, served the beautiful Vigil Service on the evening of the fifth. In addition to Archbishop Melchisedek, we were blessed to have Archbishop Nathaniel and Bishop Andrei concelebrating. The day ended with the service of Holy Unction and anointing of the faithful. Click on the photo below to see the photo album.

Pilgrimage 2021 Schedule


Presiding Hierarch

His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek

Archbishop of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 5 - Eve of Transfiguration


6:00 pm  **Vigil Service in the Monastery Church

**Reservations will be required due to the small size of our church and the need to continue precautions regarding the coronavirus.

Please email omtsec@gmail.com.

Friday, August 6 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration

 All services will be held outdoors. Reservations are not required.

 9:30  Akathist, “Glory to God for All Things”

 10:00  Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Blessing of Fruit

 12:00  Picnic Lunch

 2:00  Holy Unction Service (Anointing of the sick) with the singing of the Paraklesis Hymns to the Mother of God

Pilgrimage 2020

August 5-6, 2020

This year the Transfiguration Pilgrimage was by invitation only because the corona-virus was still infecting people in our area. Serving were His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, His Grace Bishop Andrei, Fr. Nikolai Breckenridge, Fr. Joseph Wargo, Fr. Gregory Long, Fr. George Treff, Fr. Michael Sochka, Dn. Stephen Boyd, Subdeacon Barry Migyanko, and server Niko Solak. Bp. Andrei delivered the homily after the Gospel reading and Abp. Nathaniel spoke at the end of the Liturgy. The Lord provided a beautiful day outside along with His radiating Light for the small number of people at the feast and for the many faithful who watched via live-streaming. 

Pilgrimage 2020 Announcement — Jul 24, 2020 7:51:05 PM

Pilgrimage 2019 — Aug 14, 2019 3:20:19 PM

Pilgrimage 2019 Schedule — Jul 11, 2019 7:31:00 PM

Pilgrimage 2018 — Aug 9, 2018 4:55:45 PM

Pilgrimage 2018 Schedule — Jun 16, 2018 3:05:41 AM

Pilgrimage 2017 — Aug 30, 2017 12:29:45 AM

2016 Pilgrimage — Aug 13, 2016 3:42:25 PM

2015 Pilgrimage — May 25, 2016 8:58:30 PM

2014 Pilgrimage — May 25, 2016 8:53:59 PM