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DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA AND NEW YORK: October 18, 2006
Feast Day at Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY

On October 14, the feast day of Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY, the Parish Rector, Mitred Protopriest George Larin conducted Divine Liturgy along with Mitred Protopriest Vladimir Doroskiewicz; Protopriest Gregory Kotliaroff; Protopriest Elias Gorsky; Priest Vadim Arefiev; along with Deacon Dimitri Temidis; Deacon Eugene Kallaur; and Deacon Dimitry Don. At the end of Liturgy, the church's new cross was blessed, which was then lifted into place over the main cupola.

All-night vigil was performed that evening, and Divine Liturgy the following morning, at which His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus officiated. As he greeted His Eminence, Fr George read the following address:

"Your Eminence, our deeply-respected and fervently-loved Archpastor and Father!

"Accept from us, your loyal children, our gratitude for this visit, so joyful for all of us! During these days, so crucial for the entire Russian Orthodox Church, I wish to assure you, dear Vladyko, that in one spirit we confess the faith 'in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church,' which, in the words of St John of Shanghai, 'is inspired with the Holy Spirit;' that 'the Head of the Church is Christ, and He gave the power to establish the earthly Church to the Apostles…;' that 'the leadership of the Church was given to the bishops;' that 'the pastors bear the responsibility for the life of the Church, and especially their leader, the Bishop.' And finally that 'rule by the people is alien to the Church.'

"Ispolla eti despota , holy Vladyka!"

At the end of divine services, a moleben was conducted along with a procession of the cross, after which a trapeza was offered at the parish hall.