On Wednesday, December 4, the great feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York celebrated Divine Liturgy in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City, co-served by Bishop Nicholas.
Concelebrating alongside the hierarchs were cathedral clergy: dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Edward Chervinsky, and Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff, as well as Deacon Nicholas Ilyin (cleric of Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY).
Singing the services was the Synodal choir under the direction of cathedral Protodeacon Vadim Gan.
Despite its being a weekday, cathedral parishioners gathered in the church to honor the Heavenly Queen. Many worshippers confessed their sins and communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries.
Upon conclusion of the service, Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated everyone with the feast, spoke about the history surrounding this celebrated event, and called on the faithful to turn in prayer to the Mother of God, that her prayers might strength and deliver us from all misfortune, sickness, and sorrow.