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    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, offered the Prayer of Benediction last night, Wednesday July 20, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
    The 43rd Biennial Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America concluded Thursday, July 7, 2016, with the plenary session and the traditional Grand Banquet at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. A total of 1,197 registered participants were in attendance including 396 delegates to the National Philoptochos Convention.
    In a Fourth of July festive atmosphere, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America declared the official opening of the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and delivered the Keynote Address on the theme of this year’s Congress, You are the voice of Christ in a changing world – As the Father has sent me, so I sent you (John 20:21).
    By the grace of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ we are together again as Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at our 43rd Clergy-Laity Congress in Nashville, Tennessee.
    The Archbishop, in his homily, said that the theme of the Congress “You are the voice of Christ in a changing world” coincides perfectly with the Gospel reading of today’s Liturgy (Matthew 4:18-23) in which the Lord called his first four disciples to become “fishers of men” and apostles. Likewise, said His Eminence, we have been called to be apostles, to be on a mission for Christ and be the voice of Christ in our lives and in the world that is not simply changing but is a wounded, confused and tormented world. In closing, the Archbishop expressed the wish for “this 43rd Clergy-Laity Congress in Nashville to be an occasion to enjoy the abundant unlimited blessings of the love and grace of God.”
    This is the voice that must be our voice. His words must be heard and the Gospel communicated in all that we do. Now is the acceptable time for us to be the voice of Christ and to use our liberty in Him to offer truth, grace, and eternal life in a changing world.
    The work of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church convened June 20, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Spirit, at the Orthodox Academy of Crete after almost a thousand years and despite the decision of four Churches not to participate.
    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America visited yesterday, June 22, the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, the largest US Supercarrier of the Nimitz class, which has docked for a few days in Souda Bay Naval Base.
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