On Wednesday, August 1, the feast of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov and the fourth anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.
His Grace was co-served by Archpriest Igor Tarasov (Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA), Archpriest George Konyev (rector of Three Saints Church in Garfield, NJ), Priest Andrew Massey (cleric of Elevation of the Holy Cross Church in Hacketstown, NJ) and cathedral clerics: Priests Rodion Shamazov, Mark Rashkov and Dmitri Schieffler, Protodeacon Igor Panachev and Deacons Alexey Golubov and Yulian Ryabtsev. Praying in the altar was Dean of the Eastern States, Priest Alexey Paranyuk and cathedral cleric Archpriest Alexander Golubov. During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop John awarded Fr. Andrew Massey the right to wear the kamilavka.
After Holy Communion, Bishop John served a short moleben before the icon of Venerable Seraphim of Sarov. He then delivered a sermon on the life of St. Seraphim. Fr. Igor Tarasov then congratulated His Grace with his anniversary, on behalf of the clergy and parishioners of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.
We sincerely congratulate our dear archpastor on the anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy, and wish him many years in the vineyard of Christ!