On November 5, the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost and the feast of the Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord, His Grace, Bishop Jerome (Shaw) paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. James in honor of the saint’s feast day.
Concelebrating with His Grace were: parish rector Archpriest Elias Gorsky, Priests Ignatius Green (rector of Holy Apostles OCA Church in Columbia, SC) and Andrew Podymow (parish cleric), Protodeacon Serge Arlievsky (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY), and Deacon Alexey Pnev (cleric of Nativity of the Mother of God Church at the New Kursk Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY).
The different Liturgy, a service book for which was recently published by Holy Trinity Press in Jordanville, NY was of great interest to the faithful.
Bishop Jerome delivered two sermons; the first, in Russian, was on the Epistle for St. James’ Day, which begins with the words "The Gospel which was preached of me is not after man" and on the reasons some reject the canons and laws of the Church; and the second, in English, on the Gospel of the Rich Man and Lazarus, and how it was that the rich man, who had never met Abraham, at once knew him: the "inner room" of our soul, in which we keep all our thoughts, and in which we are told to pray, will be closed only until the Judgement.
Liturgy was followed by a panihida for long-time parish rector Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy (+1971), who reposed on that day.
After church, a luncheon was served for all in the parish hall.