On April 5, on the Great and Holy Thursday, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great in St. Nicholas Cathedral of New York City. His Grace was co-served by the Rector of St. George Church, Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archpriest Igor Tarasov and clerics of the Cathedral.
During the Little Entrance, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and for his dedicated service to the Holy Church, Fr. Igor was awarded the right to wear the palitsa and jeweled cross. These patriarchal awards were rendered by His Grace, Bishop John.
Our altar server Andrew Malyshev served at the Liturgy and had been given an obedience to photograph the service. The Liturgy was also attended by our Parish Warden and Choir director, Olga Roussanow.
At the conclusion of the service, Bishop John congratulated all those who partook of the Holy Mysteries of Christ.