The Orthodox Christian Studies Center (OCSC) of Fordham University, in collaboration with the Department of Religious Education (DRE) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, is pleased to announce the BONUS EDITION of the Speaker Series: Orthodox Scholars Preach. Almost every week until Pentecost, a different Orthodox Scholar will release a new 10-minute video. This Series provides a platform for Orthodox scholars to reflect on the spiritual themes of each Sunday's liturgical calendar while drawing on their expertise.

This week's sermon for the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women is given by George Demacopoulos, Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center and the Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University. Professor Demacopoulos’ research and teaching interests are in the fields of early Christian and Byzantine church history. He specializes in the relationship between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches during the Middle Ages. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, blogs, and several books, including Five Models of Spiritual Direction in the Early Church (2006); The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (2013); Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome (2016); and Colonizing Christianity: Greek and Latin Religious Identity in the Era of the Fourth Crusade (2019). He is also an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.