The Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God was celebrated on 8th / 21st September 2018 for the first time as the new Altar Feast of the Diocesan Cathedral, following the Great Rite of Consecration that had taken place just before the festal Divine Liturgy that morning. Presiding over the Hierarchal Liturgy of the Feast was His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, together with his fellow members of the Synod of Bishops: Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany, Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada, Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America, Bishop Irenei of Richmond and Western Europe, and Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. The Synod members were joined by His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh (Moscow Patriarchal Diocese in Great Britain). Some fifteen Priests and two Deacons assembled together for the Festal Liturgy, as many as possible serving in the Holy Altar and others praying at the Amvon and partaking of the Divine Mysteries. A very large congregation were gathered to joyfully celebrate this great feast and the consecration of the Diocesan Cathedral.
Following the Divine Liturgy, the First Hierarch greeted the faithful after being welcomed by His Grace Bishop Irenei, and the parish presented His Eminence Archbishop Mark with a mitra as a gift of thanks for his many years serving the parish and Diocese.
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