On Saturday, May 22, the feast of the Translation of the Relics of the Holy Hierarch & Wonderworker Nicholas from Myra in Lycia to Bari, with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan celebrated Divine Liturgy in the stavropegial metochion Church of the Mother of God "The Inexhaustible Chalice" in Brooklyn, NY. The visit was timed for the parish festivities in honor of its patronal feast, which had taken place on May 18.
Concelebrating with His Grace were: parish rector Archpriest Alexandre Antchoutine, dean Archimandrite Elevferiy (Skiba), Priest Pavel Rusakoff (parish cleric), Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur (cleric of St. Seraphim Memorial Church in Sea Cliff, NY), Protodeacon Dionysius Lvov (parish cleric), and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin; diocesan cleric).
Singing at Divine Liturgy was the parish choir under the direction of Zlata Mishina. Many parishioners and faithful from other churches in the city came to Liturgy, many of whom received Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
After Holy Communion, Bishop Nicholas and the clergy served a short moleben before the parish icon of St. Nicholas and read a prayer to the saint.
Upon conclusion of Liturgy, Bishop Nicholas addressed all with a sermon, after which he congratulated the clergy and parishioners with their recent patronal feast day, as well as those celebrating their namesday. In turn, Fr. Alexandre thanked His Grace for his archpastoral prayers, and presented him a Paschal egg depicting an icon of St. Nicholas.
The clergy were then invited to a festal luncheon.