On December 19, on the holy day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker our cathedral church in Manhattan celebrated its Patronal feast. His Grace, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy on that occasion. Bishop John was co-served at the Liturgy by a number of clergy including the Rector of St. George Church in Bayside, Archpriest Igor Tarasov.
Despite the feast falling on a civil workday, a large number of faithful flocked to the temple. Our Parish Warden Olga Roussanow was among those who came to the cathedral to participate in that celebration.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy Bishop John preached a homily and greeted the parishioners on the occasion of the patronal feast. His Grace also congratulated Archpriest Nikolai Babijtchouk, Rector of the Church of All the Saints of Russian lands in Pine Bush, NY on his name day and presented him with a set of priestly vestments.
After the Liturgy His Grace, clergy and the faithful continued their celebration of St. Nicholas feast at the luncheon held in the cathedral hall.