On Saturday, December 7, His Grace, Bishop Jerome, paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, where he celebrated Divine Liturgy. His Grace’s visit was meant to honor the 50th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the parish’s pastor emeritus, Archpriest George Larin. Unfortunately, for reasons of ill health, Fr. George could not be in attendance.
Concelebrating at Liturgy were parish clerics: rector Archpriest Elias Gorsky, Priest Andrew Podymow, and Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis, as well as Protodeacons Vadim Gan (cleric of the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City), Eugene Kallaur (cleric of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY), and Serge Arlievsky (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY), and Deacon Alexey Pnev (cleric of New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY).
Bishop Jerome delivered a sermon, in which he talked about the ordination of Fr. George Larin in 1969 in at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY and on St Catherine’s day. The name "Catherine" is widely mistranslated as supposedly meaning "the pure", but in reality it comes not from the Greek word "καθαρός" but from another Greek root, "ἑκάτερα," which has several meanings based on "from both sides," and can be construed as "working with both hands," "dancing with both feet" (that is; rejoicing), "with the blessing of both parents," as well as others. While we are called to purity of heart, this name really means "industrious," "multitalented," and "joyful." It is therefore when we are active, not just in earning our daily bread, but also "in the Vineyard of Christ’s Holy Church" that we receive the blessings of our fathers and spiritual joy.