October 18, 2016
New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy in Synodal
Cathedral, announces Restoration Project in Synodal Headquarters
Sunday, December 16, the feast of the Holy Hieromartyr Dionysius the
Areopagite, Bishop of Athens, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern
America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad,
celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign
in New York City. His Eminence was co-served by the cathedral’s
senior priest Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Abbot Photius (Oulanov;
cleric of Holy Intercession Church in Glen Cove, NY), and cathedral
Protodeacons Nicolas Mokhoff, Vadim Gan, and Dionysius Lvov. The
divine service took place under the aegis of the wonderworking Kursk
Root Icon of the Mother of God, which had returned on the eve prior
from her visitation to the dioceses and monasteries of Russia.
Praying at Liturgy was a group of pilgrims from the Kiev Caves
Lavra, including clergy and laity.
Upon completion of the service, the Metropolitan announced a plate
collection to benefit the Church Singers’ Conference. His Eminence
noted that preservation of the majesty of the church services is
just as important as preserving church buildings themselves.
Metropolitan Hilarion then announced to the clergy and faithful that
the ROCOR Synod of Bishops had resolved to preserve the Synodal
Headquarters and begin a restoration project. He noted that the
cathedral’s façade had already been cleaned, repairs to the main
staircase were nearly completed, and that repairs to the façade of
the Synodal Headquarters itself were to begin in the near future.
The funds necessary for this stage of the restoration have already
At a luncheon organized by the cathedral sisterhood, the pilgrims
from Ukraine thanked Metropolitan Hilarion for the shared prayer and
warm reception they had received. Upon completion of the luncheon,
Fr. Andrei Sommer spoke about his pilgrimage to Mt. Athos and about
the Millennium of Russian Presence on the Holy Mountain being
celebrated this year.
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese