June 29, 2010
New York, NY: The namesday of Bishop Jerome of Manhattan was
celebrated in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign
Tuesday, June 28, on the feast day of St. Jonah, Metropolitan of
Moscow, and Blessed Jerome of Strideon, the namesday of His Grace,
Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, was
celebrated in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York, NY.
Under the protection of the Most Holy Theotokos and in the presence
of Her wonderworking Kursk Root Icon, Bishop Jerome celebrated the
Divine Liturgy. His Grace was co-served by Archimandrite Ioann
(Magramm), Hieromonk Nicholas (Perekrestov; cathedral cleric),
Hieromonk Simeon (Charon), Priest Jonah Campbell (cleric of St.
George’s Church in Howell, NJ), Protodeacon Nicholas Mokhoff
(cathedral cleric), Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis (cleric of Holy
Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY), Deacon Leonid Roschko
(cleric of St. George’s Church in Howell, NJ), and Deacon Nathan
Mousselli (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Lakewood,
Also praying in church were the First Hierarch of the Russian Church
Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New
York, the Chancellor of the Synod of Bishops, Archpriest Serafim
Gan, and Abbess Aemiliane (rectress of the Convent of Entrance of
the Theotokos in Washington, DC).
In his sermon on the topic of the feast and its prokeimenon, "My
lips shall utter wisdom, and the teaching of my heart shall be
knowledge", His Grace, the Bishop of Manhattan said:
The sense of these words is made clear by the text of the Epistle
that was read after them: "For from a child thou hast known the Holy
Scriptures, which can make thee wise unto salvation".
That is: there is no human wisdom,
but true wisdom can be attained only through Divine revelation. But
reason, knowledge, is when we put wisdom into effect in our lives:
when we live according to the will of the Almighty. It was in this
conviction that the Blessed Jerome devoted himself from an early age
to the study of the Sacred Scriptures. It remains for us to follow
his example, so as to possess wisdom, and to live by it.
completion of the Liturgy, the First Hierarch greeted his vicar on
the occasion of his namesday, and wished him fortitude and God’s aid
in his laborious archpastoral service to Christ’s Holy Church and
our Eastern American Diocese. On
behalf of all of the faithful children of the diocese, Metropolitan
Hilarion presented Bishop Jerome with an icon of St. Theodore of
Archbishop of Canterbury.
In response, Bishop Jerome thanked His Eminence, the clergy, and all
those present for their congratulations, their well wishes and their
A reception was held in the Synodal hall, where congratulatory
speeches were made in honor of His Grace. The First Hierarch then
invited the clergy to continue their festive interaction in his
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