Remarks at the Enthronement Luncheon for His Eminence, Metropolitan Constantine of Denver

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Remarks at the Enthronement Luncheon for

His Eminence, Metropolitan Constantine of Denver

June 22, 2024

Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Denver, Colorado

Your Eminence, Metropolitan Constantine of Denver, beloved brother in the Lord,

Your Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah of Lystra, dear brother in Christ, [if present]

Distinguished Heads of Church and Greek Organizations,

Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy,

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What a wonderful way to conclude the solemnities of the Enthronement of the new Metropolitan of this God-protected Metropolis, with this Agape Feast of deep respect and affection. Here we are, a community united around the spiritual leader of this Metropolis, in his own ἕδρα, in the midst of his own people.

It truly is a holy moment, as we behold the essence of the Church – the communion of the Saints and those called to be saints. In the Cathedral, the icons remind us of the “cloud of witnesses” that surrounds us in every Divine Service. And here in this fellowship hall, we are surrounded by those called to be saints –all of us!

It is the tension that lies between these two environments – one where we engage in the acts of worship and praise that are the glory of our Orthodox Church, and the other when we turn from the faces gazing on us from the dome, walls and iconostasia, to the faces of our friends and neighbors – to the family of God that we comprise.

This weekend, as we know, is the celebration of Pentecost, the Fiftieth Day after the Holy Pascha. In the Jewish Tradition, the Fiftieth Day after Passover marked the giving of the Law by Moses, the Ten Commandments.

Our commandment, our new commandment, is a simple one; but one that is perhaps the most challenging to keep:

Ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους. Love one another. *

This fellowship meal today is a moment when we are reminded that the love of God, which is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit,† is an active encounter with one another, as much as it is a mystical encounter through the Holy Sacraments of our Church. And I know that the pious People of the Denver Metropolis have a loving shepherd, who will guide them love and compassion, and bring them closer in the communion of love.

Therefore, I lift my glass in honor of Your Eminence, and commend you, Metropolitan Constantine, and your devoted flock to the love of God, His many mercies and tender compassion.

Εἰς Πολλά Ἕτη! ΑΞΙΟΣ!

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