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    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces with great joy and gratitude to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the elevation of the Holy Archdiocese of America to the rank of Gerontiki Eparchy (meaning an eparchy headed by a Geron/Elder hierarch) of the Ecumenical Throne in the person of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who from now on will be called His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America.
    However, we should also recognize that the act and attitude of thanksgiving is also related to struggle and hardship. The first Thanksgiving, which provided the origins of our national observance, followed an arduous and costly journey to this land by the Pilgrims. To escape persecution, they made a lengthy voyage to this continent, faced disease and death, and attempted to establish a new home in very challenging physical and natural conditions. Their survival of these hardships through faith and hope led them in 1621 to offer thanksgiving to God for His amazing grace and providence.
    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral Philoptochos chapter honored the First Lady of Cyprus Mrs. Andri Anastasiades during this year’s 62nd Chrysanthemum Ball, which took place Friday Nov. 20, 2015 at a central New York City Hotel.
    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the launch of two new websites, and, as part of the new .BIBLE top-level domain (TLD) initiative.
    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America expressed deep sorrow and unequivocal condemnation for the barbaric terrorist attacks last night in Paris.
    Two hundred and sixty teachers and administrators attended an in-service training seminar for teachers who serve in the day and Greek afternoon/Saturday schools. The annual Staff Development Seminar was successfully organized Tuesday, November 3, (Election Day), by the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education and was held at St. Demetrios High School in Astoria, NY, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America.
    This is the witness that will be offered by our Saint Nicholas National Shrine. Centrally located, it will be a beacon to all who visit Ground Zero. The light that will shine from this place will not only be by architectural design, but a light that will illuminate the path to God. Saint Nicholas and the ministry offered there will shine forth the truth of the Gospel and grace that comes through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    On this feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian, we are reminded by their faithful witness of the priority of serving those in great need, especially the sick, the poor, the elderly, and the orphaned. These two selfless and holy men gave their lives and abilities to helping any who had need of healing and comfort. They were true stewards of the power of Christ and the hope, restoration, and eternal life He offers.
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