On Wednesday, May 22, the feast of Mid-Pentecost and the Transfer of the Relics of Holy Hierarch & Wonderworker Nicholas from Myra in Lycia to Bari, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City, at the invitation of the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh. Concelebrating with His Grace were the cathedral clergy, as well Archpriest Andrei Sommer (senior priest of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City).
During Liturgy, petitions were read for the preservation of unity in the Orthodox Church and safeguarding of Her from divisions and schisms. After the Augmented Litany, prayers were read for peace in Ukraine. Special prayers were offered up for the repose of the ever-memorable Patriarch Alexey II and Metropolitan Laurus (Skurla), who signed the Act of Canonical Communion on May 17, 2007.
After Holy Communion, Bishop Nicholas and the clergy served a short moleben before the revered parish icon of St. Nicholas and read a prayer to the saint.
Upon conclusion of Liturgy, Bishop Nicholas delivered a sermon to the clergy and parishioners, congratulating them with their minor patronal feast. On behalf of the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and the parish of St. Nicholas Cathedral, Bishop Nicholas was lovingly greeted by Archpriest Alexander Golubov, who recalled that this day, twelve years prior, marked the first concelebration of Divine Liturgy between the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad. Fr. Alexander thanked Bishop Nicholas for the joy of prayerful interaction on this festal day.
The service ended with the singing of the Polychronion to His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow & all Russia, the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, Bishops Matthew of Sourozh and Nicholas of Manhattan, and all the faithful children of the one Russian Orthodox Church.
All parishioners and guests were later invited to a festal reception.
New York City: Bishop Nicholas leads Minor Patronal Feast of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral - 05/22/19