On May 12, the Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearing Women, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, where he celebrated Divine Liturgy. A hierarchal service on this Sunday has become a parish tradition particularly in honor of the parish sisterhood, which celebrates its patronal feast in honor of the Holy Myrrhbearers.
Concelebrating with His Grace at Liturgy was the parish clergy: Archpriests George Larin (pastor emeritus) and Elias Gorsky (rector), Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis, and Deacon Andrew Podymow. A predominantly male choir sang the divine service.
Bishop Jerome delivered two sermons: the first, in Russian, on the ethnic conflict between the Greek and Hebrew early Christians as described in the reading from Acts, which reminds us of issues in the Church today, and how we must be Orthodox by conviction first, before we reap any benefit from the Russian Orthodox tradition; and the second, in English, on the quiet, yet bold, commitment of the Myrrh-bearing Women, as well as the Righteous Nicodemus and Joseph, calling us to a similar commitment to the Faith and to what is right.
Upon completion of the service, Fr. Elias also spoke on the occasion of the sisterhood’s feast and its meaning for the parish.
After Liturgy, a festal luncheon was held in the parish hall for all in attendance.