On May 6 the Church commemorates Holy Great Victorious Martyr George. This is a Patronal feast of our Parish.
St. George parish family had a solemn and beautiful celebration. It was headed by our Archpastor, Most Rev. John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk. His Grace arrived at 10:30 AM and was greeted by our Parish Warden Olga Roussanow at the entrance to the temple. Bishop John entered the church where he was met by the Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov.
During the Paschal Hours the Bishop was vesting in the altar. Following the Hours His Grace began the Divine Liturgy. The Liturgy was concelebrated by our Rector, as well as by Hegumen Nicodemus (Balyasnikov), Secretary to the Bishop, Hieromonk Eutychius (Dovgan), cleric of the Synodal Cathedral (ROCOR), Priest Ion Arama, Rector of the Annunciation Church in Flushing, NY, and deacon Mark Rashkov. Service was also attended by our former Rector, Hieromonk Zosimas (Krampis) who prayed in the temple and sang along with the choir.
Following the Liturgy dismissal the Bishop along with the serving clergy came out of the sanctuary to the middle of the temple and performed the rite of glorification singing the troparia, the kontakion and the magnification in honor of St. George.
At the end of the Liturgy His Grace preached a sermon. He also congratulated the Rector and parishioners on the joyful Patronal feast of St. George. As a response to the Bishop’s speech Archpriest Igor Tarasov greeted His Grace in our temple. Traditional Polychronion (“Mnogaia leta!”) was sung.
After the liturgical service the celebration of our Patronal feast continued at the trapeza table where His Grace, the clergy, our parishioners and guests together enjoyed delicious food and a nice company.