On September 15, the 13th Sunday after Pentecost and the feast day of Venerable Anthony & Theodosius of the Kiev Caves, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. Concelebrating with His Eminence were cathedral senior priest Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Edward Chervinsky, Protodeacons Nicolas Mokhoff and Vadim Gan (cathedral clerics), and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; diocesan cleric).
Singing at Liturgy was the Synodal choir under the direction of Matushka Eugenia Temidis.
A multitude of cathedral parishioners gathered to pray at the divine service, the majority of whom communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion addressed the faithful with a sermon on the Gospel reading of the day, which speaks of a certain landlord who owned a vineyard, and rented out the land to be worked; later, when the time came to harvest, he sent one servant after another to the vinedressers, and after that, his own son, but all of those sent were killed by the vinedressers. Thus, in the parable of the wicked vinedressers, Jesus Christ rebukes the leaders and teachers of the Jewish people for not taking care to fulfill God’s will, but instead taking what was God’s for themselves, murdering the prophets sent for their admonition, and now to make reprisal on the very Son of God Himself.
His Eminence called on those gathered to fulfill God’s commandments, pay more attention to their internal life, and forgive and love one another.
Metropolitan Hilarion also congratulated Fr. Edward on the occasion of his birthday, and wished him many years.
The cathedral sisterhood prepared a luncheon for the clergy and parishioners.
New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral on Feast of Venerable Anthony & Theodosius of the Kiev Caves - 09/15/19