In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
We gather this evening to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy and to pray together at this peaceful yet glorious Pan-Orthodox Vespers service with the wonderful antiphonal singing by the Spirit of Orthodoxy choir and the Cathedral cantors. Especially in North America, this day has become a day for Orthodox Christians to come together with thanksgiving to Almighty God in order to celebrate our unity and our common joy at the restoration of the holy icons. I am grateful to His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, the Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America for the Antiochian Archdiocese, and a dear friend in Christ, for his great kindness in inviting me to be with you this evening.
The friendship and brotherhood between the Orthodox Church in America and the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese is long-standing and deep, and it is wonderful to be here this evening, along with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, from the Orthodox Church in America’s diocese of New York and New Jersey, and His Grace, Bishop John, from the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester, in this beautiful Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker. I am sure I speak for all of us in expressing thanks to the Dean, Father Thomas Zain, and the clergy, leadership and faithful of this community, for their wonderful hospitality this evening.... read more.