On Thursday, February 2, His Eminence Metropolitan Antonios, Patriarchal Vicar, visited His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia (ROCOR). At the Synodal Cathedral of our Lady of the Sign in Manhattan, Metropolitan Nicholas led Metropolitan Antonios on a tour that included veneration of the Kursk Root Icon of the Sign and the relics of Ss. Elizabeth and Barbara the Nun-Martyrs of Russia.
Later that day, Metropolitan Antonios visited St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral (Moscow Patriarchate), also in Manhattan. Archpriest Igor Vyzhanov and Priest Mark Rashkov led him on a tour in which he venerated the relics of saints.
The hosts at each visit discussed pastoral issues of their churches and exchanged gifts with His Eminence. Metropolitan Antonios conveyed the best wishes of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East and expressed gratitude for the hospitality.