On May 6, a traditional Paschal reception was held on behalf of the Administrator of Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, and Consul General of Russian Federation in New York, Sergey Ovsiannikov at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Manhattan.
Event was attended by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion; Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia; clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes, Antiochian and Serbian Churches, of the Russian Church Abroad and Orthodox Church in America. It was also attended by diplomats and representatives of community and cultural entities.
The Rector of St. George Church, Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archpriest Igor Tarasov and our Warden, Olga Roussanow were also present at the reception.
After the prayer and welcoming words of the Hierarchs and the Consul General, the President of the Northern America Cultural Heritage Foundation “Northern Cross” Yury Sandulov presented a project to establish a memorial sign in honor of the Russian veterans, the Knights of St. George, buried in the cemetery of the Novo-Diveyevo monastery.
Before the reception, the choir of St. Nicholas Cathedral, conducted by Alexander Chaplinsky, performed Paschal hymns. Musical works were performed for the guests in the Cathedral Hall by the soloist of the Sretensky Monastery of Moscow choir, Konstantin Stepanov.