On Monday, December 19, the feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York. His Grace was co-served by our Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov, Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and by other clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes and the ROCOR. Our Parish Warden Olga Roussanow also attended that service.
At the Little Entrance, for their dedicated service to the Holy Church, Bishop John awarded clerics of St. Nicholas Cathedral, Priest Mark Rashkov the right to wear the gold pectoral cross, and Deacon Yulian Ryabtsev the right to wear the double orarion within the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.
After the Cherubic Hymn, Bishop John ordained cleric of the cathedral, Deacon Dmitrii Schieffler to the Holy Priesthood.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, His Grace and the clergy served a short moleben before the icon of St. Nicholas. Afterwards, Bishop John preached a sermon, expressed his gratitude to the clergy who came to celebrate the Patronal feast, and congratulated Priest Dmitrii with his ordination.
Interaction between the clergy and faithful continued over a festal meal in the cathedral refectory.