New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral
On Sunday, July 2, the feast of the Holy Apostles Jude, brother of the Lord, and the repose of the Holy Hierarch John, Wonderworker of Shanghai & San Francisco, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, celebrated Divine Liturgy in New York City’s Synodal Cathedral of the Sign. His Eminence was co-served by the cathedral’s senior priest, Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archimandrite Augustine (Nikitin; professor at St. Petersburg Theological Academy), and cathedral clerics: Archpriest Vasiliy Raskovskiy, Hieromonks Eutychius (Dovganyuk) and Nikolai (Letsin), and Protodeacon Vadim Gan. Singing Liturgy was the hierarchal choir under the direction of Peter Fekula.
A multitude of parishioners prayed at the divine service, many of whom communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Fr. Augustine addressed the faithful with a sermon, in which, in part, he called on those present to always remember and repeat these words of the Holy Apostles in their lives: "Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief" (Mark 9:24) and "I can do all things through Christ Who strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).
The cathedral sisterhood invited the clergy and parishioners to a luncheon, after which a lecture on the work of the Orthodox Church in Russia in the 1970s-90s was presented Fr. Augustine, a theologian and Church historian, professor of "History of Local Orthodox Churches," "History of Ancient Churches," "History of Western Confessions," "Theology of Protestantism," "Catholic Theology," and "Sectology," a renowned publicist and world traveler. After his lecture, the audience posed a multitude of questions to the Russian theologian, which led to an interesting discussion.
New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral - 07/02/17