On Saturday, November 17, the interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, celebrated Divine Liturgy in St. John the Baptist Church in Little Falls, NJ.
His Grace was co-served by a multitude of clerics of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. At the Augmented Litany, prayers were read for the peace in Ukraine and unity of the Orthodox Church.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Fr. Igor Tarasov greeted Bishop Matthew on behalf of the clergy and faithful of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, welcoming him to the United States and wishing him fortitude in his ministry. Fr. Aleksey Paranyuk likewise greeted His Grace on behalf of the parish, denoting the great joy for the parishioners to be with their archpastor for his first service on American soil. In turn, Bishop Matthew greeted the assembled clergy and faithful, thanking them for their prayers and for the warm hospitality. At the veneration of the Cross, His Grace presented all with icons of the saints of Great Britain.
Bishop Matthew of Sourozh celebrates Divine Liturgy in St. John the Baptist Church - 11/17/18
Photos: Rdr. George Konyev - Media Office of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA