It was with special piety that the Orthodox Christians of this sunny state planned for the visit of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York. This trip always proves a source of spiritual joy for his flock because the common prayer of all to God for the Orthodox parishes, the city, the authorities, and the local population invoked God’s blessing for the entire region. The power, significance, and importance of this event is probably understood by all nationalities and confessions.
Metropolitan Hilarion departed New York for Florida on Sunday evening, November 25, 2012, On Tuesday, November 27, the believers of the Eastern American Diocese gathered at St. Vladimir’s Church in Miami for the funeral of Fr Damian. The funerary Liturgy and burial was led by His Eminence.
The rest of Vladyka Hilarion’s week was tightly scheduled, interesting and productive.
On Friday, November 30, His Eminence visited the newly-opened Paideia Classical Academy, an orthodox Christian school for South Florida. The director and teachers told him about their achievements and hopes for the future, asking the First Hierarch to bless and pray for them.