NEW YORK: December 3, 2014
The Schedule of Synodal Celebrations of the 30th Anniversary of Metropolitan Hilarion’s Consecration to the Episcopacy

On December 10th of this year we celebrate the feast day of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, the patronal feast of Our Lady of the Sign Synodal Cathedral, and the 30th anniversary of the consecration to the episcopacy of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, the sixth First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

We invite everyone who would like to share with us the joy of this event and to congratulate our dear First Hierarch, wishing him good health and strength from God for the continuation of his ardent labors on behalf of the Church Abroad and the entire Russian Orthodox Church.

The celebration program includes vigil service on the eve of the feast day and Divine Liturgy and a thanksgiving prayer service on the actual day of the feast, followed by a festive banquet in honor of the Metropolitan.

Divine services will be held at
Our Lady “of the Sign” Cathedral at 75 East 93rd Street, New York, 10128.

The festive banquet will take place at:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 319 East 74th Street. New York, NY, 10021

Anyone who registers and reserves a place will be able to participate in the banquet.
- Serving clergymen will not be charged (those desiring to concelebrate at the liturgy need to inform the Senior Priest of the Cathedral, Archpriest Andrei Sommer, at, using the subject line: December 10.
- Children under 10 (without a designated seat) – free;
- All others – $30 per person.

The number of tickets is limited. You may acquire a ticket on-line or by check. Those wishing to pay by check may do so by mailing it to:

Rev. Denis Lvov 75 East 93rd Street New York, NY, 10128
Pay to the order of: “Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign”
Memo: “December 10”

Email us at (subject line: “December 10”) and let us know that you sent a check.

If you would like to purchase a ticket in advance with cash, please let us know by emailing, indicating: a) your name, b) contact telephone number and email address, c) the number of tickets desired. Payment can be made at the Cathedral candle stand or at the front desk at the Synod. You may also reserve a seat at the banquet by phoning the Synod and leaving your information with the receptionist.

Telephone number of the Synod of Bishops: (212) 534-1601.

Those wishing to pay with a credit card may do so via the following address: The site accepts major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Schedule of Services:

9 December
6:15 – Greeting of the miraculous Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God
6:30 – Greeting of the First Hierarch and the beginning of the Vigil

10 December
8:00 – Minor blessing of the water
8:40 – Hours
9:30 – Formal greeting of the First Hierarch by the clergy (fully vested) and the beginning of the Divine Liturgy
12:30 – Thanksgiving prayer service
13:15 – General photo of the clergy on the ambo
13:30 – General of the clergy and faithful on the Cathedral steps
14:00 – Departure of bus from the Synod Cathedral to the banquet venue with the participants

14:30 – Banquet


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