On December 17, the feast day of Great Martyr Barbara, a conciliar Divine Liturgy was held with the clergy of the Eastern States Deanery in St. John the Baptist Church in Little Falls, NJ The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Archpriest Igor Vyzhanov, Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.
Fr. Igor was co-served by: Dean of the Eastern States Priest Yulian Ryabtsev, parish rector Priest Aleksey Paranyuk, Archpriest Igor Tarasov (Rector of St. George Church in Bayside, NY), Archpriest Mikhail Kapchits (rector of St. Nicholas Church in Bayonne, NJ), Priest Stephen Kaznica (rector of Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Passaic, NJ), Vice-Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Priest Mark Rashkov, Priest Andrew Massey (rector of Elevation of the Holy Cross Church in Hacketstown, NJ), Priest Dimitry Sukhorukov (cleric of St. Nicholas Church) Priest Artemy Kulikovsky (rector of All Saints of Russia Church in Pine Bush, NY) and Deacon Nikolai Arabidze (cleric of St. Nicholas Church). Also praying at the Divine Liturgy was rector emeritus of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Elizabeth, NJ, Archpriest Emil Minkovich.
Following Divine Liturgy, Fr. Igor greeted the assembled rectors and clerics of the parishes of the Eastern Deanery, as well as the parishioners and guests of the church.
After a joint meal, an official meeting of the deanery was held, at which the current problems of the parishes included in it were discussed.
In the afternoon, Archpriest Igor Vyzhanov and the clergy who accompanied him visited Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Passaic, where they met with the rector Fr. Stephen who gave a tour of the cathedral and spoke about the history of the parish.