Special services ‒ being conducted in the absence of parishioners ‒ continue at the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. Meanwhile, all those who wish to follow along and pray can do so by watching the livestream online. On the third week after Pascha, on Wednesday, May 6, the feast of the Holy Great-Martyr and Trophy-Bearer George, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. Sergius Chapel in the Synodal Headquarters. Praying at the service were the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, and Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. The rector of the English Mission, Abbot Zosimas (Krampis), sang on kliros.
On May 10, the 4th Sunday of Pascha, of the Paralytic, when the Holy Church also honors the memories of the Holy Apostle Symeon, kinsman of the Lord, and Righteous Tabitha, Bishop Nicholas celebrated Divine Liturgy in the cathedral, co-served by dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer and Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY).
Upon completion of Liturgy, His Grace greeted the clergy, choir, and faithful praying at home with the ongoing days of Paschaltide, saying, in part:
"We continue down a special path, and we thank God for this trial, for this love for us. Great Lent has passed and we are in the midst of the Paschal days, and we pray and rejoice in the Lord. Today we heard how a sick man, paralyzed, lay for 38 years and awaited healing. The Lord came and healed him, and set him on the path of salvation. Let us pray to the Lord, that we do not need to wait 38 years, but only a little while yet. Let us be obedient, let us humble ourselves ‒ this will be our obedience. And we will await the day when we will hear and feel the Lord’s right hand, knowing that He has blessed us to return into the church, in our true home, where we gather together, pray, support one another, and feel God’s particular mercy. I ask that you pray in these days, that the Lord grant us the strength to overcome this temptation with humility and courage, awaiting that blessed day, when we will fulfill a new church life unto the glory of God and the salvation of our souls."
Bishop Nicholas congratulated those celebrating their namesday this week, including Archpriest Mark Burachek, who occasionally assists in the Synodal Cathedral, Subdeacon George Schatiloff, and Reader Sylvester, thanking them for their labors. The protodeacon intoned the Polychronion for the namesday celebrants.