June 28, 2016
New York City: Day of Orthodox Youth held in the Synodal Cathedral
on Sunday of All Saints
years ago, in 2009, on the feast day of All Saints, Russian Orthodox
Church Abroad reinstituted the celebration of the Day of Orthodox
Youth. On the Sunday of All Saints, June 26, a festal Divine Liturgy
was celebrated in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York
City. Leading the Liturgy was Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern
America & New York, President of the Synodal Youth Department,
co-served by diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, cathedral
senior priest and Vice President of the Synodal Youth Department
Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Priest George Temidis (cleric of the
Nativity of the Mother of God Church at the New Kursk Root Hermitage
in Mahopac, NY), Hieromonk Eutychius (Dovganyuk; cathedral cleric),
Protodeacons Nicolas Mokhoff and Vadim Gan (cathedral clerics),
Protodeacons Dimitri Temidis (cleric of the Holy Protection Church
in Nyack, NY), Serge Arlievsky (cleric of the Holy Dormition Convent
"Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY), and Eugene Kallaur (cleric of St.
Seraphim of Sarov Memorial Church in Sea-Cliff, NY), and Deacon
Nikifor Franklin (cleric of the Holy Protection Church in Rochester,
youth choir, conducted by Anisia and Pavel Roudenko, who had
recently returned from their missionary trip to Ukraine, sang the
Divine Liturgy. Young members of St. Prince Vladimir Association
were also helping the serving clergy in the altar. The festal
Liturgy was served in the presence of the Protectress of the Russian
Diaspora – the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
conclusion of the divine service, Metropolitan Hilarion
congratulated the clergy, parishioners, and young singers with the
feast and addressed the faithful with a sermon. His Eminence
explained the origins of the feast, and how a modern person can
acquire holiness. He
then read his epistle,
specially prepared for the Day of Orthodox Youth.
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked the young people who participated in
the Liturgy, and urged the youth to follow the example of young
members of Prince Vladimir Youth Association, and take an active
part in the parish life and missionary work.
In the afternoon, a traditional picnic was organized by the St.
Prince Vladimir Youth Association in the courtyard of the Synodal
building, with Metropolitan Hilarion and Bishop Nicholas
participating alongside with the young people.
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