On Tuesday, 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.
Concelebrating with His Eminence were: Archimandrite Siluan (Lembei; diocesan cleric); Archpriests Elias Gorsky (rector of Holy Protection Church in Nyack, NY), George Zelenin (parish rector), Vasily Zelenyuk (rector of Our Lady "Unexpected Joy" Church in Staten Island, NY), and George Temidis (secretary of the diocesan administration); Priest Andrew Podymow (cleric of Holy Protection Church); Protodeacons Serge Arlievsky (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY) and Sergei Shoomiloff (cleric of Our Lady of Kazan Church in Newark, NJ); and Deacons Nicholas Ilyin (cleric of Novo-Diveevo Convent) and Andrei Logvinenko (parish cleric).
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.