OCA, ROCOR @ MP's Victory Day in NYC
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first. I don't know about ROCOR, but I don't believe that OCA's hierarchs ever participated in Victory
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>See photos: http://russianchurchusa.org/ru/news/146
>On Victory Day the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America and the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia visited St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York
>Paragraph #1: On Monday, May 9, Victory Day, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy, assisted by the cathedral clergy. Arriving before the beginning of the service in the cathedral was the leader of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Jonah, who prayed during the Liturgy in the altar and received communion.
>Paragraph #4: Preaching at the end of the Liturgy, Archbishop Justinian congratulated the assembled veterans and in blessing them, presented them with prosforas and flowers, decorated with the symbol of the Victory Day ribbons. In particular, the Bishop [Justinian/MP] welcomed the Primate of the American ChurchMetropolitan Jonah, and thanked him for the joy of praying together. According to the Archpastor this is an indication of brotherly love between the Russian and American peoples, which in the past helped defeat a common enemy. His Beatitude thanked Archbishop Justinian for the invitation to pray during this feast at St. Nicholas Cathedral and congratulated the veterans on Victory Day.
>Paragraph #5. Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Metropolitan of New York and Eastern America, who arrived towards the end of the service, joined in congratulating the veterans and all those assembled.