On Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st of May, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. Concelebrating with His Grace were cathedral clergy: dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Edward Chervinsky, and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; diocesan cleric). Praying at Liturgy were Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, and Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada. The divine services proceeded under the aegis of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
Upon completion of Liturgy, His Grace congratulated the hierarchs, clergy, and parishioners worshipping at home with the ongoing feast of the Lord’s Ascension. Bishop Nicholas called on them all to pray for one another and to pray for the newly reposed Archbishop Agapit of Stuttgart and Irina Mozalev, who sang for many years in the Synodal choir, and in the mid-2000s was its director. His Grace said further:
"Today we celebrate the memory of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, at which Arius and his heresy were condemned, and we received the Creed, the ‘Symbol of Faith.’ We ought to read this statement of the Orthodox Faith every day and constantly be strengthened by it, especially in the days leading up to Holy Pentecost, and to ask of God that we be strengthened in our faith, accepting all things patiently, humbly, and with love.
"Let us thank our fathers, by whose great ascetic feats our Faith was protected, and who gave us the Creed. Our duty in turn is to relay further our practices, our canons, our prayers, and our love for God ‒ for the Holy Trinity."
Bishop Nicholas reminded those listening about the upcoming feasts that week ‒ the day of Holy Pentecost, which this year the Holy Church celebrates on June 7.