On Wednesday, October 14, the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York paid an achpastoral visit to Holy Protection Church in Nyack, NY to officiate the divine services for the parish’s patronal feast.
Concelebrating at Divine Liturgy with the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad were rector emeritus Archpriest George Larin, rector Archpriest Elias Gorsky, Archpriest Chad Williams (rector of St. Alexander Nevsky Memorial Church in Richmond, ME), Priest Andrew Podymow and Protodeacon Dimitri Temidis (parish clerics), and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; diocesan cleric).
Prayerfully singing the responses during the Liturgy was the parish choir. Many parishioners communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Following sanitary protocols, a simulcast was set up in the parish hall for those who could not be present in the church proper.
At the conclusion of Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion greeted the clergy and faithful on the joyous feast. His Eminence especially congratulated Fr. Elias and Matushka Irina Gorsky on their recent 50th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, the parish presented Fr. Elias with a new set of festal blue vestments.
The Polychronion was then intoned for the hierarch, clergy, and faithful of the parish.