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New York City: Metropolitan Nicholas officiates Paschal Celebrations in Synodal Cathedral

On Sunday, May 5, the clergy and a multitude of parishioners and guests of the main cathedral of the Russian Church Abroad – the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City – celebrated the greatest Christian feast ‒ Christ’s Glorious Resurrection.

Officiating the festal divine services was Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America & New York. Serving alongside the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad were cathedral clerics: dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Seraphim Chemodakov, Hieromonk Theognost (Kogan), and Protodeacons Nicolas Mokhoff and Serge Arlievsky, as well as Priest Anatoliy Revitskyy (diocesan cleric).

The Synodal choir sang triumphally under the direction of conductor Vadim S. Gan.

The divine services were held under the aegis of the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora – the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God ‒ which traditionally returns home to New York for this great feast.

Upon completion of Midnight Office, to the singing of the hymn "Do not lament Me, O Mother," the Shroud was taken into the altar. The clergy and faithful, with lit candles, then began to sing "Thy Resurrection, O Christ Savior," and went in procession around the courtyard of the Synodal Headquarters. Metropolitan Nicholas proclaimed those eternally living words "Christ is Risen!". In the altar, the clergy changed their white vestments to red, blue, and green to greet worshippers.

After Paschal Matins, Metropolitan Nicholas read aloud the Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom, after which he celebrated the Divine Liturgy. Virtually all of the cathedral parishioners and guests communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.

His Eminence then blessed the Artos, which after Liturgy on Bright Saturday will be distributed to the faithful.

The cathedral sisterhood prepared a delicious Paschal meal, during which many warm words were offered on the occasion of the feast.


New York City: Metropolitan Nicholas officiates Paschal Celebrations in Synodal Cathedral - 05/05/24

Photos: Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese -  T. Veselkina

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