On April 29, on the Sunday of the Paralytic, we had no services at St. George Church because our Rector, Archpriest Igor Tarasov was summoned to serve at St. Nicholas Cathedral along with His Grace, Bishop John. They both welcomed a distinguished guest of the Patriarchal Parishes, His Eminence, Archbishop Anthony of Vienna and Budapest, head of the Foreign Institutions of the Moscow Patriarchate. Archbishop Anthony came to the United States to officially visit our Parishes by the blessing of His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill.
On that Sunday His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral being co-served by His Grace, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, the Administrator of Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archpriest Igor Tarasov, Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes and the Cathedral clergy.
Our parishioners, including our Warden, Olga Roussanow and our Sacristan, Andrew Malyshev attended that solemn service.
Following the Scripture readings Archbishop Anthony preached a homily about celebrated Gospel story of the healing of the paralytic at the Sheep Gate Pool.
At the end of the service Bishop John had a speech welcoming Archbishop Anthony at the Cathedral. Archbishop Anthony expressed his gratitude for the heartfelt welcome and presented Bishop John with a holy Panagia.
Following the Liturgy our Rector as the Chancellor was invited to join Archbishop Anthony and Bishop John at the luncheon where they had an opportunity to discuss the life of the Patriarchal Parishes.