Brooklyn street renamed for St. Raphael (Hawaweeny)

New York, June 8, 2021

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The new street sign identifying the stretch of State Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets in Brooklyn as “St. Raphael of Brooklyn Place” was festively unveiled on Sunday.

The stretch of street is home to St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral, the first community founded by St. Raphael in 1895. Today it serves as the main cathedral for the entire Antiochian Archdiocese.

The day began with the Hierarchical DIvine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, who then led the clergy and laity in procession to the corner of State and Bond Streets to the singing of the troparion dedicated to St. Raphael, the Archdiocese reports.

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At the corner, Met. Joseph removed the covering over the sign to reveal the new name: “St. Raphael of Brooklyn Place.”

Watch video of the unveiling on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.

“St. Raphael ministered to Orthodox Christians of all backgrounds and interacted with people of all creeds. He traveled the breadth and width of not only the United States, but Canada and Mexico, gathering his scattered flock. He planted the seeds of this ancient faith on these shores, a faith now embraced by peoples of all races and backgrounds,” Met. Joseph said.

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“It is for this very reason St. Raphael belongs to this entire community. Both the faithful of this historic cathedral and those who live and work around it can embrace the life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. We are honored to share this block, this borough and this city with all of you and this outward example shows that the city and its inhabitants also honor our presence here.”

Met. Joseph was joined by clergy from various jurisdictions and a representatives from the civil authorities.

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Demetrios9/29/2021 9:16 pm
It is the Russians who have supported the Orthodox in the Middle East not western countries much to their dismay. Compare Russian activity and accomplishments to any other country, Orthodox or otherwise and you see who is representing Orthodoxy rightly.
Raphael 6/20/2021 8:44 pm
Ohhhh...what a great accomplishment by descendants of Middle Eastern Christians who came to this land to join the freemasons, get rich and make themselves feel powerful by second naming streets after saints of the church! I'm so sure that selling their souls to the freemasons was all worth it! Did you see how much the great masonic societies within the orthodox church helped the Christians of the middle east when they were being wiped out by ISIS? Oh! wait, sorry, they actually did nothing because they were part of the organization supporting, encouraging and leading ISIS! It was the RUSSIANS that came to the help of the persecuted Christians and NOT the godless masonic groups within GOARCH, ANTIOCH and OCA. Silly me!
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