On Wednesday evening, November 8, 2017, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael attended the annual Orthodox Prayer Service and reception for the United Nations community at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral, New York, NY. The gathering was hosted by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America [SCOOCH].
The focus of the evening was the plight of the millions of migrants and refugees throughout the world today.
In addition to the cathedral choir, the choir of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA sang the liturgical responses and received a warm welcome from Archbishop Demetrios. Numerous ambassadors, dignitaries and members of the UN community, including UN President Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia, also were present.
Among those addressing the gathering were Mr. Lajčák, who was sworn in as President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly on September 11, 2017, and Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Chair of the Assembly of Bishops.
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PHOTO CREDIT—Subdeacon Roman Ostash