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His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America headed the festivities surrounding the Feast of Theophany, the Feast of Lights, which is traditionally celebrated by the large Greek Orthodox Community of St. Nicholas Cathedral in the Epiphany City with thousands of faithful in attendance. Archbishop Demetrios presided at the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the host Hierarch, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, Bishop Sevastianos of Zela and Bishop Cyril of Abydos concelebrating, while assisted by more than a dozen clergy.
2017 Archdiocesan Yearbook Dedicated to Archbishop Demetrios for 50 Years of Episcopal Ministry Now Available Online
This year’s edition is highlighted by the dedication to Archbishop Demetrios, who was elected to the Episcopacy on June 20, 1967 and consecrated as Bishop a few months later on September 17. The Yearbook includes several pages in a full-color photo section which offer highlights of his five decades of episcopal ministry, especially his leadership of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
He sends us as His voice into a world that continues to change. At the beginning of each calendar year we are reminded of this rapid change as we survey the events of the last twelve months. We are called as Orthodox Christians to meet this change with grace and truth. We do this as we commit to the timeless mission of the people of God to live and proclaim the Gospel. We also do this as seen in the breadth and substance of our ministries and through expanding and adapting our work to meet contemporary needs. We are sent by Christ with a message of hope and life and with the wisdom to navigate a changing and challenging world while sharing His grace in effective ways.
At a special meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Leadership 100 Executive Committee unanimously approved a $250,000 gift for the rebuilding of the Ionian Village campgrounds. Ionian Village, the summer camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, was struck by a devastating tornado in early September, rendering the campsite paralyzed due to massive infrastructural damages.
Today, we know Him as the Christ child, the hope for all humanity, and the fulfillment of divine promises. He is the dayspring from on high (Luke 1:78), the Anointed One, who has come to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to give sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18).
We praise and glorify the God in Trinity, who deemed us worthy once again this year to reach the great feast of the Nativity in the flesh of the Son and Word of God the Father in “little Bethlehem.”
The 9th century Greek Manuscript of the Complete New Testament (Codex 1424) is returned during Magnificent Ceremony and Vespers Service
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America returned yesterday, Saturday Dec. 3, 2016, a rare ninth century Greek manuscript of the complete New Testament known as Codex 1424, to its rightful owners: the Holy Metropolis of Drama and its Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos of Drama; and the Monastery of Panagia Eikosifoinissa from which the manuscript had been stolen by the Bulgarians in 1917.
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine held a “topping out ceremony" this morning at its construction site at Greenwich and Liberty Streets in New York City. This traditional construction ceremony, marking the raising of the highest structural element, was led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and attended by representatives of the Port Authority and SKANSKA, as well as the Consul General of Greece, major donors and contributors to the project and members of the original Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church community.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a joyous day of celebrating the blessings of life. Traditions connected to faith, family, and community have developed in this country, affirming the importance of offering thanks to God for these blessings and recognizing the many ways we are blessed by Him.
A rare ninth century Greek manuscript of the complete New Testament (Codex 1424) was handed over by the Rev. Dr. James Nieman, President of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America during a dignified and well attended ceremony that took place at LSTC’s Augustana Chapel, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Archbishop Demetrios received the manuscript on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
To make this long awaited and much needed Greek Orthodox Continuum-Care Facility a reality and provide a home for more of our beloved seniors, your support is critically needed. I ask the faithful of our Holy Archdiocese to continue our tradition of supporting this national ministry through a special collection on Sunday, November 6. The gifts should be sent to the Archdiocese in care of Saint Michael’s and will be forwarded to the Home. Your generosity is needed at this time to fulfill the vision of making this ministry a premier, multi-leveled senior care home. Our faithful are invited to visit the website of the facility to see how you can be a part of this exciting endeavor with various naming opportunities. I also ask you to consider prayerfully the additional support you can offer in the months and years ahead to this expansion of a sacred ministry of compassion and care.
Ninth Century Manuscript of the New Testament to be Taken Back to its Place of Origin by Archbishop Demetrios
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, with the blessings of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, will receive during a special ceremony on November 15 in Chicago, Ill., a rare 9th century Greek manuscript (Codex 1424) of the complete New Testament which is being returned by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) to the Greek Orthodox Holy Metropolis of Drama, Greece.
Each year we are led by our National Ladies Philoptochos Society in support of the philanthropic ministries of our beloved Ecumenical Patriarchate. These ministries are vital to the needs of many, and through programs for orphans and the poor, as well as the Baloukli Hospital and elder center, the love of Christ is being offered through compassionate healing and care. Following the example of our Lord, Christians down through the centuries have offered a witness of this love through service and philanthropy, and the Holy Unmercenaries we commemorate on November 1, Saints Cosmas and Damian, are examples of this sacred work.
Patriarchal Proclamation on the 25th Anniversary of His All-Holiness' Election to the Ecumenical Throne
We offer praise and glory to the Triune God, who deemed us worthy to reach the twenty-fifth anniversary since the day when, by the mandate of our Holy and Sacred Synod, we ascended the martyred Apostolic Throne of the Church of Constantinople. With God’s grace, having gladly run this long course of service in the First-Throne among the Orthodox Churches, we look back the experiences, events, prayers, journeys and activities, while at the same time looking forward with a spirit of optimism and steadfast hope to the future, even as today we exclaim the words of our saintly predecessor, St. John Chrysostom: “Glory be to God for all things.”
On October 28, 1940, and in the hard days, months, and years that followed, the cry of “OXI” resonated in the hearts and minds of the people of Greece. They made a choice. They remembered their blessed heritage of freedom and the centuries of hardship when liberty was lost. They chose timeless ideals over temporal threats. They chose courage over fear, faith when the immediate future was unknown, and resolve when asked to willingly acquiesce to a stronger, ruthless power. When many others were submitting to false ideologies and regimes of tyranny, the leaders and people of Greece chose to stand and show to the world the true nature of heroism.
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