October 7, 2016
New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion leads Rite of Exaltation of the
Cross & Festal Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral
Tuesday the 26th and Wednesday the 27th of September, the great
feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord, Metropolitan
Hilarion of Eastern America & New York led the divine services in
the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. In accordance
with Church tradition, at the Great Doxology, the bringing out of
the Cross was performed, followed by the Rite of Exaltation, in
which His Eminence lifted up the Cross five times (commemorating the
miraculous event when Patriarch Macarius of Jerusalem, upon
discovering that the Cross found by the Holy Empress Helen was the
True Wood of the Cross, elevated the Holy Cross for veneration by
the people), and with it blessed the faithful. Meanwhile, the
priests poured sweet-smelling rose water over the Cross.
The First Hierarch was co-served by Abbot Cornelius (Apukhtin;
cleric of Nativity of the Holy Mother of God Church at the New Kursk
Root Hermitage in Mahopac, NY), Hieromonks Zosimas (Krampis;
cathedral cleric) and Theodosius (Dyuka), and Archdeacons Niсolas
Mokhoff, Vadim Gan, and Dionysius Lvov (cathedral clerics).
Upon completion of the Liturgy, many parishioners communed of
Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese