On October 26, on the feast of the appearance of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh celebrated Divine Liturgy in Holy Protection Church in Ottawa, Canada (Diocese of Montreal & Canada of the Russian Church Abroad) co-served by clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, Canada as well as local clergy.
At the Little Entrance, Bishop Matthew presented liturgical awards to clergy, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia in gratitude for their diligent service for the benefit of the Russian Orthodox Church:
- Archpriest John Vass, rector of Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, Maryland, Dean of the Atlantic States - the right to wear the jeweled cross
- Archpriest Mikhail Kapchits, rector of St. Nicholas Church in Bayonne, New Jersey - the palitsa
- Archpriest Andrei Kovalev, rector of St. St. Gregory the Theologian Church in Tampa, Florida – the palitsa
In recognition of his labors as chairman of the Youth Department of the Patriarchal Parishes in the United States, by his decree, Bishop Matthew awarded Priest Yulian Ryabtsev the right to wear the kamilavka.
After the Great Entrance, His Grace ordained Deacon Dionysius Butte (cleric of Our Lady of Kazan Church, Metochion of St. Dionysius Monastery in Spokane, WA) to the Holy Priesthood and after the Eucharistic Canon, Reader Andrew Shauver (cleric of St. Andrew Church in East Lansing, MI), was ordained to the diaconate. Constantin Sikhau, was tonsured a reader and then ordained a subdeacon for St. Nicholas Church in Bayonne, NJ.
At the end of the service, Bishop Matthew and the clergy from the United States were greeted by parish deputy-rector Priest Alexey Pjawka. Fr. Alexy presented a copy of the miraculous Iveron-Montreal Myrrh-Streaming icon.
In his remarks, Bishop Matthew expressed his sincere gratitude to Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal & Canada, who provided the opportunity for the clergy of the Patriarchal Parishes from the United States to meet with their bishop and celebrate the divine services in this magnificent church. His Grace also warmly greeted the deputy-rector, clergy and choir of the Holy Protection Parish and presented them with icons of the Heavenly Patrons of North America. In memory of the service, Bishop Matthew presented all parishioners with icons of St. Patriarch Tikhon, who labored tirelessy for Orthodoxy in North America.