On June 23, the Sunday of All Saints, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City, co-served by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. Concelebrating with the hierarchs were cathedral dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Edward Chervinsky and Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff (cathedral clerics), and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; diocesan cleric).
Singing at the service was the Synodal choir under the direction of Matushka Eugenia Temidis.
Traditionally, the feast of All Saints is considered the common namesday of all Orthodox Christians, and as such, a multitude of parishioners gathered in the cathedral for Liturgy that day, most of whom communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Addressing the faithful, Metropolitan Hilarion greeted them all with the feast, and reminded them that, in the Russian Orthodox tradition, every Orthodox Christian receives the name of a saint at his baptism, who then becomes his Heavenly patron. His Eminence called on the faithful to be acquainted with the life of their saint, and to imitate them in their fidelity to Christ and righteousness, and to try to themselves be like the holy saints of God, not departing from truth, from Christ’s Church, in order to attain the Heavenly Kingdom.