June 16, 2016
Brooklyn, NY: On Feast of Lord’s Ascension, First Hierarch of
Russian Church Abroad leads Divine Services in St. John the
Thursday, June 9, the great feast of the Lord’s Ascension,
Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad,
paid an archpastoral visit to St. John the Forerunner Cathedral in
Greeting the distinguished guest, cathedral rector and New York City
dean Archpriest Alexander Belya addressed Metropolitan Hilarion with
At the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence was also co-served by Priest
Vasily Kirichuk (cleric of the Ronvo Diocese of the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church), Hieromonk Photius (Oulanov; cleric of Holy Virgin
Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY), and Protodeacon Ivan Bots and
Deacon Rostislav Zadorozhny (parish clerics).
The Liturgy proceeded in a festal and triumphal mood, aided by the
beautiful singing of the choir and the splendid serving of
Upon completion of the service, the First Hierarch addressed the
faithful with an edifying word on the subject of the feast, in which
he noted the importance of confession and Communion as the most
important elements of the spiritual life of the believer.
Fr. Alexander thanked His Eminence, the clergy, and choir, and
parishioners for their shared prayer.
After Liturgy, a festal luncheon was offered, during which the
clergy and some of the laity shared their spiritual joy on the
occasion of the feast.
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