Bishop Matthew meets with Primate of the Orthodox Church in America
On September 25, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh, itnerim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA began a work visit to the United States.
On the first day of his visit, Bishop Matthew visited the Administrative Center of the Orthodox Church in America in Syosset, NY, where he met with His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of All America & Canada. The hierarchs prayed and communed of the Holy Mysteries of Christ at the Divine Liturgy in the Chapel of St. Sergius of Radonezh, whose memory was celebrated according to the New Calendar.
At the end of the service, Bishop Matthew cordially greeted Metropolitan Tikhon, the clergy and the staff of the administrative center on the occasion of the memory of its Heavenly Protector - St. Sergius. Bishop Matthew relayed greetings from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and from the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the occasion of His Beatitude' upcoming namesday and presented him an icon of the Royal Martyrs and a bouquet of flowers.
During the discussion, which took place in a warm fraternal atmosphere of mutual understanding, issues of cooperation between the Russian and American Orthodox Churches, as well as relevant topics of inter-Orthodox interaction were discussed. The parties discussed the preparation for commemorative events next year, dedicated to the 225th anniversary of the beginning of the Orthodox mission by the Valaam monks on the North American continent and the 50th anniversary of granting the autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in America by the Russian Orthodox Church.
The meeting was also attended by Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Secretary to the Priamte of the Orthodox Church in America, Priest Mark Rashkov, Staff of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Representation in the USA, and Bishop Matthew's personal secretary of N.V. Trubnikov.