On Wednesday, July 18, the feast of the Finding of the Relics of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the patronal feast day of the English Mission at St. Sergius Chapel in 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 five years now, the English Mission has been nourished by Hieromonk Zosimas (Krampis).
Metropolitan Hilarion was co-served by Archpriest Edward Chervinsky (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral), Hieromonks Zosimas and Silouan (Justiniano; cleric of St. Dionysios Monastery in St. James, NY), Synodal Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral), and visiting clergy.
The parish choir sang the divine service. Upon completion of Liturgy, a multitude of the faithful communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
In his sermon, Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated the clergy and parishioners on the occasion of 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.
After Liturgy, a festal luncheon was served for all in the cathedral hall.