February 4, 2016
Moscow: Bishop Nicholas celebrates Divine Liturgy at Holy Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhovo

On Sunday, January 31, the feast day of the Holy Hierarchs Athanasius & Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria, and Venerable Cyril & Maria, the parents of Ven. Sergius of Radonezh, with the blessing of His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, and His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Holy Epiphany Cathedral on Yelokhovo Square in Moscow. The evening prior, Bishop Nicholas served the All-Night Vigil in the cathedral. His Grace was joined by cathedral rector Archpriest Alexander Ageykin and cathedral clergy.

After the dismissal at the Divine Liturgy, His Grace delivered a sermon on the day’s Epistle reading, after which he thanked the rector, brethren, and parishioners for their shared prayers, and presented Holy Epiphany Cathedral a copy of the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God in an embroidered riza that once adorned the Kursk Icon, the main icon of the Russian Church Abroad.

Upon completion of the services, Fr. Alexander hosted a luncheon in honor of Bishop Nicholas, after which His Grace spoke with the cathedral’s pastor emeritus, Protopresbyter Matthew Stadnyuk, and his matushka.

His Grace was accompanied by Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur (an administrator at the Synod of Bishops in New York City and cleric of St. Seraphim Memorial Church to the Re-Establishment of Unity in the Russian Church, located in Sea Cliff, NY.