On Wednesday, August 1, the feast of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov and the fourth anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.
His Grace was co-served by Rector of St. George Church, Archpriest Igor Tarasov (Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA), Archpriest George Konyev (Rector of the Three Saints Church in Garfield, NJ), Priest Andrew Massey (cleric of the Elevation of the Holy Cross Church in Hackettstown, NJ) and the cathedral clergy. Praying in the altar was Dean of the Eastern States, Priest Aleksey Paranyuk. During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop John awarded Fr. Andrew Massey the right to wear the nabedrennik and kamilavka.
After Holy Communion, Bishop John served a short moleben before the icon of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov. He then delivered a sermon on the life of St. Seraphim.
Following the Bishop’s sermon Fr. Igor Tarasov congratulated His Grace on the occasion of his ordination anniversary on behalf of the clergy and parishioners of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.
We sincerely congratulate our dear Archpastor on the anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy, and wish him many years in the vineyard of Christ!