St. Tikhon, Enlightener of North America

“The term ‘enlightener’ refers to his role in evangelizing the American people. St. Tikhon once said, ‘The Light of Orthodoxy is not lit for a small circle of people…It is our obligation to share our spiritual treasures, our truth, our light, and our joy with those who do not have these gifts. This duty lies not only on pastors and missionaries, but also on lay people, for the Church of Christ, in the wise comparison of St. Paul, is a body, and in the life of the body, every member takes part’ (farewell homily before leaving America for Russia in 1907).”

(Portraits of American Saints, Edited and Compiled by George A. Gray & Jan V. Bear, pg. 20)