On Tuesday, July 18, the feast of the Finding of the Relics of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, led the patronal feast day of the English Mission at St. Sergius Chapel at the Synodal Headquarters in New York City.
The patronal feast of the chapel itself is celebrated on October 8, while July 18 traditionally marks the patronal feast of the English Mission. For four years now, the English Mission has been nourished by Hieromonk Zosimas (Krampis).
The festal Liturgy was served entirely in English. Bishop Nicholas was co-served by Archimandrite Maximos (Weimar; abbot of St. Dionysius the Areopagite Monastery in East Setauket, NY), Archimandrite John (Erickson; cleric of St. Dionysios Monastery), Fr. Zosimas, Priest Richard Stoecker (mission cleric), Hieromonk Silouan (Justiniano; monastery cleric), and Deacon John Peters cleric of St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City).
The parish choir sang the divine service. Upon completion of the Liturgy, a multitude of the faithful communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
In his sermon, His Grace congratulated the clergy and parishioners with their patronal feast, calling on them to continue supporting the mission and spreading the Orthodox Faith among the English-speaking population of New York City.
Bishop Nicholas noted that, "The venerable saint has gathered us all together here in this church today… We reach out to him because we sense that this was a godly man, and we strive to be covered by the shelter of the wings of this saint, who is an intercessor not only for the Russian land, but for all Orthodox Christians."
On behalf of Metropolitan Hilarion, Bishop Nicholas thanked Fr. Zosimas, the clergy, and parishioners of the mission for their ceaseless labors.
After Liturgy, a festal luncheon was served for all in the church hall.