The Christmastide divine services continue in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. On January 10, the Sunday after Christ’s Nativity, when the Holy Church honors the memory of St. Joseph the Betrothed, the Holy Prophet-King David, and the Holy Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York celebrated Divine Liturgy, co-served by Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada and Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, as well as cathedral clergy: dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Edward Chervinsky, Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff, and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin). Singing the service was the Synodal choir under the direction of conductor Vadim S. Gan.
Parishioners who came during these holy days to pray to the Divine Infant Christ were also able to venerate the main holy icon of the Russian Diaspora ‒ the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God. The majority of parishioners communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon completion of Liturgy, Bishop Nicholas read aloud for those in attendance the Nativity Epistle of the Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.