June 16, 2016
New York City: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Liturgy on Sunday of
Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council in Synodal Cathedral
June 12, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical
Council, the hierarchal Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Synodal
Cathedral of the Sign in New York City, in the presence of the
wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God. Leading the
service was Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York,
co-served by diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, cathedral
senior priest Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Hieromonk Eutychius
(Dovganyuk), and Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff (cathedral clerics).
Singing the divine service was the hierarchal choir under the
direction of conductor Peter Fekula.
Upon completion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Hilarion addressed the
faithful with a sermon. His Eminence spoke about the summoning of
the First Ecumenical Council, which condemned the Arian heresy and
adopted the first half of the Symbol of Faith, and in which
participated such pillars of Orthodoxy as the great saints of God
and holy hierarchs Athanasius the Great, Nicholas, Wonderworker of
Myra in Lycia, and Spyridon, Wonderworker of Trimythous.
Metropolitan Hilarion called on the faithful to thank God for the
opportunity to belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, against which
"the gates of hell shall not prevail," and not only to belong, but
also to bring forth fruits, perform good works, and take active part
in the life of the Church, in which we are given everything needful
for our salvation.
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese