April 6, 2016
New York City: On Sunday of the Cross, Metropolitan Hilarion &
Bishop Nicholas serve Liturgy in Synodal Cathedral
April 2-3, the Third Sunday of Great Lent and feast of the
Veneration of the Cross, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America &
New York led the All-Night Vigil with the bringing out of the Cross
and the Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New
York City. His Eminence was co-served by diocesan vicar Bishop
Nicholas of Manhattan, cathedral senior priest Archpriest Andrei
Sommer, Hieromonk Eutychius (Dovganyul), and Protodeacons Nicolas
Mokhoff and Vadim Gan.
A large number of the faithful gathered in the Synodal Cathedral to
bow down before the Cross of the Lord and to commune of Christ’s
completion of the service, Metropolitan Hilarion addressed
parishioners with a sermon: "At the midpoint of Great Lent, the Holy
Cross is taken out into the center of the church, so that, gazing
upon it, those who are observing the fast can be strengthened and
receive comfort. We remember how Christ suffered for us on the
Cross, suffered in His love for us, and how He died on the Cross for
our sins, completing the work of our redemption. Seeing Christ’s
Cross, we are emboldened spiritually, and thank the Savior for His
love for us, despite the multitude of our sins, and He calls us to
Himself in His Heavenly Kingdom… The cross, which is antiquity was a
tool for executing criminals, upon Christ’s stretching forth His
hands upon it, became for Christians not only a sign of victory over
sins, but also a powerful weapon against the enemy of our salvation.
When we make the sign of the Cross, we remind ourselves that we are
God’s children. It was no coincidence that the Holy
Equals-of-the-Apostles Sts. Cyril & Methodius, translating the
church service books into Slavonic, used the Slavic word for "cross"
when translating the word for "baptism" – ‘крещеніе’.
By this they were saying that, through baptism and immersion in the
water, we become crusaders, bearers of the Cross of Christ. And we
take up our cross, as the Savior commanded us: ‘If
any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross, and follow Me.’"
Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated the clergy and parishioners with
the feast of the Veneration of the Cross, and wished for them to
continue laboring for the remainder of Great Lent, so that they
might greet with great joy and spiritual uplifting Christ’s Radiant
In the church hall, the cathedral sisterhood prepared a lenten
luncheon for the clergy and faithful.
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