NEW YORK: November 20, 2020
The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Supreme Church Authority Abroad is prayerfully celebrated at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign” in New York
On Friday, November 20, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Supreme Ecclesiastical Authority Abroad, His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign” in New York, the residence of the First Hierarch of ROCOR. Praying and partaking of the Holy Gifts was His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York. Serving with Bishop Nicholas were Cathedral Dean Protopriest Andrei Sommer and Protopriest Serafim Gan, Chancellor of the Synod of Bishops.
The divine services were held in the presence of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign,” before which a moleben was served afterwards. Special petitions were made for recently-reposed Patriarch Irenei, Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which had provided safe haven for a multitude of Russian refugees a century ago, whose Patriarch at the time blessed the establishment of the independent Supreme Ecclesiastical Authority Abroad, which later became the Synod of Bishops of ROCOR.
After the customary singing of Many Years, the archpastors exchanged greetings.
Metropolitan Hilarion gave his blessing to read his Jubilee Epistle from the ambos of all churches of the Church Abroad this Sunday, November 22.