Pascha at the Cathedral of the Synod of Bishops in New York
The Paschal celebrations at the Synodal Cathedral were conducted
with solemnity and a multitude of worshipers. They were led by His
Grace Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan along with Protopriest Andrei
Sommer, Priests Serafim Gan and Victor Dobrov and Protodeacon Nicolas
On Great Saturday, the clergy blessed kulichi and paschi in St.
Sergius Chapel on the main floor of the Synodal building. At the
end of Paschal liturgy, during which the clergy administered communion
from three chalices, the Sisterhood of the Cathedral offered a magnificent
feast, before which, as tradition dictates, a brief moleben was
served by Protopriest Andrei Sommer, who delivered a few words before
the singing of Many Years, intoned by Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff.
In his greeting, Fr. Andrei congratulated His Grace Bishop Gabriel
on the great joy of Pascha and asked His Grace's prayers for the
clergymen and worshipers of the Synodal Cathedral during his forthcoming
pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May, and also asked Vladyka to raise
his prayers at the Life-bearing Tomb of the Lord for the delegation
of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, headed by His
Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, which will be in Russia at the same
Grace Bishop Gabriel blesses the worshipers during the minor entrance
of the Paschal liturgy.
A short moleben before the trapeze in the Synodal hall.
At the beginning of the Paschal matins.