On Friday, November 3, the feast day of Venerable Hilarion, Schemamonk of the Caves, in the Cathedral of our Lady of the Sign in New York City, headquarters of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops, the clergy and faithful congratulated Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on the occasion of his namesday.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, celebrated Divine Liturgy, co-served by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Archimandrite Elevferiy (Skiba; dean of "Inexhaustible Chalice" Church in Brooklyn, NY), diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov, cathedral senior priest Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Vasiliy Raskovskiy (diocesan cleric), Hieromonk Vladimir (Zgoba; rector of "Unexpected Joy" Church on Staten Island, NY), Archpriest Alexandre Antchoutine (dean of Long Island & the Hudson Valley), Abbot Eutychius (Dovganyuk; cathedral cleric), Archpriest Ioann Chervinsky (cleric of the Diocese of Kursk), Priest Michael Volzhansky (cleric of Holy New Martyrs & Confessors of Russia Church in Brooklyn), Hieromonk Zosimas (Krampis; rector of the cathedral’s English Mission), Protodeacons Nicolas Mokhoff (cathedral cleric), Serge Arlievsky (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY), Leonid Roschko (cleric of St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, NJ), Dionysius Lvov (cathedral cleric), and Nathan Mousselli (cleric of St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ).
Praying in the altar was the chancellor of the Synod of Bishops, Archpriest Serafim Gan. Singing the Liturgy was the choir under the direction of Matushka Eugenia Temidis.
The gathered faithful fervently prayed for the health of their archpastor, and under the aegis of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of the service, Bishop Nicholas congratulated His Eminence with his namesday, saying that, "Primatial prayer can be felt on earth and ascends to the heavens. Shared prayer is a power that bears witness to the fact that we are together, that together we glorify God." His Grace wished Metropolitan Hilarion God’s aid and the aid of all of the saints, wishing for him to continue being a good shepherd and man of prayer, who leads us all to salvation.
On behalf of the Eastern American Diocese, Bishop Nicholas presented the First Hierarch with an archpastoral staff.
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked the clergy and laity for their kind words and prayers, noting that shared prayer rises to the Heavenly Kingdom to our Heavenly Father, and wished for all good health, strength, and God’s ever-present grace.
A festal luncheon was then served in the cathedral hall for the clergy and faithful, prepared by the sisterhood and brotherhood of the Cathedral of the Sign. At the luncheon, those who work and serve alongside the Metropolitan offered many warm words to His Eminence, wishing him good health for continued service for the benefit of the Russian Church Abroad for many years to come.