On Sunday, April 1, the great feast of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. The First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad was co-served by Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, cathedral senior priest Archpriest Andrei Sommer, and cathedral clerics: Archpriest Edward Chervinsky, Protodeacons Nicolas Mokhoff and Vadim Gan, and Deacon Pavel Roudenko. The divine services were held under the aegis of the myrrh-streaming icon of the Mother of God "Softener of Evil Hearts," currently undertaking its annual travels to the parishes and monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese.
The cathedral, filled with worshippers, was decorated with palms and pussy willows. Practically all came to the Liturgy with palm bouquets. Singing at Divine Liturgy was the Synodal Cathedral Choir under the direction of Peter Fekula.
On the great feast, almost all parishioners communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
At the conclusion of the services, Metropolitan Hilarion greeted the clergy and faithful with the feast of Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, thanked them for their prayers, and congratulated those who received Christ’s Holy Mysteries on the threshold of Christ’s Pascha.
His Eminence also reminded all present that, for many years on this day, all Orthodox churches collect donations for the needs of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, whose land was purchased by the renowned elder Archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin), and called on all to donate and support the mission’s needs.
Metropolitan Hilarion also thanked the guardian of the myrrh-streaming icon "Softener of Evil Hearts" Sergei Fomin for giving the faithful of the Diocese the opportunity to pray before the wonderworking image during Great Lent.
The cathedral sisterhood prepared a festal luncheon for all the clergy and faithful in the parish hall.