On April 7, on the Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God, our neighboring parish, a Russian Orthodox Church in Flushing, NY celebrated its Patronal feast. The Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov visited that temple and participated in its celebration. Vespers with the Divine Liturgy was served by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. His Eminence was co-served by our Rector, as well as by Archpriest Ion Arama, Rector of the Annunciation Church and other ROCOR clergy.
Some of our parishioners, including our Warden, Olga Roussanow attended that celebration.
Following the beautiful hierarchical service clergy and the faithful continued the Patronal feast celebration in the church hall. They had an opportunity to enjoy lenten but delicious meals and a nice company. Members of the clergy made toasts having interesting and instructive speeches. Our Rector, Fr. Igor had a speech also. He stressed that it is very fortunate to have a parish temple dedicated to the Annunciation. That feast signifies the Good News of salvation in Christ. Many of us living this earthly life feel preoccupied with different troubles and cares. But we should remember that the Good News of Christ had been brought to mankind two thousand years ago, so we should not be troubled. The people of God are led by the Church to salvation in Christ. He also greeted all the faithful present on the occasion of the Patronal feast and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to have a liturgical and prayerful celebration together on this remarkable holy day.