Russian Church Outside Russia – October 2014
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, the Synod of Bishops, during a regular meeting, presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, heard and granted the intercession by Vladyka Hilarion on the awarding of the second cross to Mitred Protopriest George Larin to mark the 45th anniversary of his priestly service.
Fr George was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Laurus (Skurla, future Primate of the Russian Church Abroad), on December 7, 1969, and appointed second priest under Protopriest Seraphim Slobodskoy, Rector of Holy Virgin Protection Church in Nyack, NY.
Since 1971, after the death of Fr Seraphim, Fr George was appointed rector as well as the Director of the parish school. Fr George also served in the administration of the Eastern American Diocese for over 40 years, and fulfilled many obediences lain upon him by the Synod of Bishops. On October 5, Fr George celebrated his 80th birthday.
With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Vice Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, granted the award to Fr George during the minor entrance of Divine Liturgy at Holy Virgin Protection Church on its feast day. The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign” was present at the service.
Despite the workday, the archpastor, many clergymen and parishioners were present to share a fraternal trapeza luncheon, during which warm congratulations to Fr George were expressed by all.