It is a great joy to be with you all today. I am reminded of when I began attending the St.Herman’s Youth Conference, 10-12 years ago. In those days the conference was held atHoly Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. Back then there were maybe 70-80 people at most attending, so it does my heart good to see so many young people coming here today, and I trust that this is evidence of the growth of Orthodoxy in America. And not simply growth in numbers – a lot of people coming into the Church – but the development of a vibrant, conservative Orthodox faith, one that does not bow down to the current trends of modernism and ecumenism, of trying to fit in with today’s world, but is witnessing unashamedly to the traditions and message set forth by our Lord and Saviour JesusChrist, Who remains the same yesterday, today and forever.
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