August 31/September 13 of this year The Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia elected Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan to ascend to the First-Hierarchal Throne, vacant since the repose of Metropolitan Hilarion in May of this year.

The celebration of the new First Hierarch will take place on Sunday, September 5/18 at the Synodal Cathedral “of the Sign” of the Mother of God in New York.

Vladyka Nicholas recently made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Theodosius of Seattle. We are publishing several photographs of the future First Hierarch taken during his pilgrimage.

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