On December 20, on the 29th Sunday after Pentecost Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov served the Divine Liturgy in our parish temple. Following the Gospel reading he preached a homily in Russian interpreting the Gospel story about the healing of ten lepers by our Lord Jesus Christ (Lk. 17, 12-19). The Rector pointed out that the Gospel lesson teaches us to be aware of our sinfulness, to follow the commandments of the Lord, to make spiritual efforts and to be grateful for the grace and benevolence of the Lord.
Despite the absence of our altar servers on that day the Rector was not left without assistance at the Liturgy. We were happy to welcome subdeacon Vladimir Fedorov, a long-time cleric of the Russian Church in New York. He served at our church altar on that day.
Following the Liturgy dismissal the Rector preached a short homily in English explaining the main ideas of his Russian homily.