On Monday, May 6, the traditional Paschal reception was held at St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City, hosted by His Grace Matthew, Bishop of Sourozh, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and His Excellency, Consul General of the Russian Federation Sergei K. Ovsyannikov.
Attending the event were His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Vasily A. Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations, hierarchs and clergymen of the Patriarchal Parishes, the Antiochian and Serbian Churches, the Russian Church Abroad, and the Orthodox Church in America. Diplomats and cultural and social figures of New York were also in attendance.
After greetings were read, Yuri Sandulov, President of the "Northern Cross" Foundation for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Russian America, presented a plan for creating a medal in honor of the Knights of St. George buried in the cemetery of Novo-Diveevo Convent in Nanuet, NY.
Alexander Chaplinsky directed the choir of St. Nicholas Cathedral in singing Paschal hymns before the event began. Konstantin Stepanov of the world-renowned Sretensky Monastery Choir of Moscow performed several solo pieces for the guests at lunch.