On Monday, November 21, the feast of the Holy Archangel of God Michael and the other Heavenly Bodiless Hosts, the clergy and parishioners of St. Michael Church in Wayne, NJ, celebrated their patronal feast day. Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, celebrated Divine Liturgy in honor of the occasion.
Concelebrated with His Eminence were: Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko (rector of All Saints of Russia Church in Burlingame, CA), Archpriest Elias Gorsky (rector of Holy Protection Church in Nyack, NY), Archpriest George Zelenin (parish rector), Archpriest Vasily Zelenyuk (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY), Archpriest Serge Ledkovsky (deputy rector of St. Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ), Priest Andrew Podymow (cleric of Holy Protection Church), Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky & Deacon Nicholas Ilyin (clerics of Holy Dormition Convent), Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; diocesan cleric), Deacon Andrei Logvinenko (parish cleric), and Deacon Alexey Baranoff (cleric of All Saints of Russia Church).
Faithful from New York and nearby cities came to the church to share in the joy of prayerful interaction with the clergy and parishioners. On this day when the Church especially honors the memory of the guardian angel of each one of the faithful, many communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Metropolitan Nicholas congratulated the clergy, parishioners, and guests with the feast of the Holy Archangel Michael and the other Heavenly Bodiless Hosts. His Eminence called on the faithful not to forget to pray to their guardian angels for success in every good work and for the salvation of their souls.
The clergy then read a prayer and sang the magnification to the Holy Archangel Michael and the other angels and archangels.
After the service, the clergy, parishioners, and guests were invited to a delicious luncheon prepared by the sisterhood.