New York, February 27, 2011
At the end of divine services, the Primates exchanged
greetings. Vladyka Hilarion gave His Beatitude the Synodal
"Znamensky" Medal of the 1st Order on behalf of
the Synod of Bishops in recognition of his labors towards
the strengthening of unity within the Holy Orthodox Church
of Christ. After Divine Liturgy, the cathedral sisterhood
offered a magnificent trapeza feast, during which Vladyka
Hilarion, Vladyka Justinian, and also Hegumen Tikhon,
Acting Chief of the Russian Ecclestiastical Mission in
Jerusalem of the Russian Church Abroad spoke, as did
Protopriest Serafim Gan, Chancellor of the Synod of
Bishops and Secretary of the First Hierarch of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Later that day, His Beatitude Metropolitan Christopher took a tour of the New York City and visited its Orthodox churches.