On Thursday, September 20, 2018, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New
York chaired a meeting of a regular meeting of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia, which coincided with the great consecration of the new and magnificent
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Mother of God in London, England. Participating in this meeting
were His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany; His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San
Francisco and Western America; His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada; His
Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America; His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan
and His Grace Bishop Irenei of Sacramento.
The Synod of Bishops. Deliberating on the status of the parishes of Great Britain and of Western
Europe, and studying the results of a questionnaire distributed to the members of the Council of
Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, decided: “1. To release the President of
the Synod of Bishops from administering the parishes of Great Britain and Western Europe,
expressing gratitude to His Eminence for his labors; 2) to release His Grace Bishop Irenei from
administering the Sacramento Vicariate, appointing him Bishop of Richmond and Western Europe,
with a residence in London, 3) to commemorate the name of Bishop Irenei at divine services in the
parishes of Great Britain, Ireland and the nations of Western Europe under his omophorion, for
which to issue a corresponding ukase.”
On Friday, September 21, the feast day of the Nativity of the Most-Holy Mother of God, Archbishop
Mark led the rite of great consecration of the new cathedral in London. His Eminence was joined by
Archbishop Kyrill, Archbishop Gabriel, Archbishop Peter, Bishop Irenei, His Grace Bishop Matthew of
Sourozh and Bishop Nicholas. After the service, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated Divine Liturgy in
the newly-consecrated church along with the other hierarchs as well as clergymen from Great Britain
and Ireland and a multitude of visiting clergy.
The celebrations as well as the meeting of the Synod of Bishops were held in the holy presence of
the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign," the “Guide of the Russian Diaspora.”
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