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Antiochian Patriarchal Vicar visits St. Nicholas Cathedral

On Thursday, February 2, the Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarch of Antioch, Metropolitan Anthony (El-Suri), who temporarily heads the Antiochian Archdiocese in North America until the election of its primate, visited St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York. 

His Eminence was accompanied by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Antioch, Archpriest Thomas Zain, an employee of its office, Rev. Paul Matar, the Metropolitan's personal secretary, Hieromonk Porfiry (Ibrahim), and Subdeacon Elio Nicholas.

Metropolitan Anthony was met by the Rector of the Nicholas Cathedral and Chancellor of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archpriest Igor Vyzhanov, and Vice-Chancellor Priest Mark Rashkov. After a short tour and veneration of the cathedral shrines, Metropolitan Anthony conveyed the best wishes of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East and thanked the clergy of the cathedral for their hospitality and the opportunity to visit the temple.

In memory of this visit, Father Igor presented Metropolitan Anthony as a gift with an icon depicting the founders of St.Nicholas Cathedral: St. Tikhon, Patriarch of All Russia, and Hieromartyr Protopresbyter Alexander Khotovitsky.

The conversation continued over a meal offered to the guests at the representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA.

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