Archiepiscopal Encyclical for AHEPA Sunday, May 20, 2018

With joy and gratitude, the parishes of our Holy Archdiocese are asked to commemorate AHEPA Sunday and to recognize the service offered by the members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and the organizations of the AHEPA family. Each year we designate a Sunday in May for this purpose, primarily to honor the significant work and offering that is being made by AHEPA members in our parishes, communities, nation, and around the world. It is also an annual recognition of a long and cherished relationship between AHEPA and the Greek Orthodox Church in America.
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“All Things are possible for those who believe,” Archbishop ’s Encyclical for the Greek Independence Day Parade in New York (2018)

It is with great joy that we anticipate our annual Greek Independence Day Parade this year, as we will gather on Sunday, April 22nd to march on Fifth Avenue in celebration of this Day and our precious heritage of freedom. In this celebration and the participation of our parishes throughout the region, we offer a visible witness of the strength of our heritage and the power of faith.
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Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2018

The experience of Christ’s Resurrection, the all-saving victory of Life over Death, is the nucleus of faith, divine worship, ethos and culture of the Christ-loving orthodox people of God. The life of the Orthodox faithful, in all its manifestations and dimensions, is nurtured and nourished by faith in the Resurrection, and constitutes a daily Pascha. This paschal experience is not simply a remembrance of the Lord’s Resurrection but also a participation in our own renewal, and an unshakeable conviction about the eschatological perfection of all.
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2018

Today as we proclaim, “It is the Day of Resurrection,” we glorify God, and we shout with resounding joy because it is the Day of life. Our Risen Lord is victorious over death. By His glorious Resurrection, Christ has shown the unlimited power of God as the Source and Giver of life; and because of His love for us, He has brought us from death unto life, and from earth unto Heaven. Life is restored by our Creator to all that it was meant to be! Life abundant and eternal is ours!
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Annunciation and the Day of Greek Independence (2018)

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On this blessed and glorious Feast of the Annunciation, we celebrate a miraculous event that affirms with God nothing will be impossible. (Luke 1:37) We gather to worship, as we commemorate the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary announcing the Incarnation of our Lord. We rejoice in the proclamation to the Theotokos, as God reveals His divine plan for our redemption from sin and our salvation from death. We marvel at her faith in Him and obedience to His will.
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical: Invitation to Participate in UN Rally for Macedonia

I invite you to mobilize and join me in the rally organized by the Pan-Macedonian Association of the USA, the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York and the Hellenic Congress of America, on Sunday, March 18, 2018, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the park next to the United Nations Plaza in New York City
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Holy and Great Lent 2018

We are truly blessed to enter once again this sacred and holy season of Great Lent, a time of prayer and reflection, a time of fasting and abstinence, a time of service, and a time of spiritual renewal.
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Patriarchal Catechetical Homily on the occasion of the beginning of Great Lent 2018

Ὕμνον εὐχαριστίας ἀναπέμπομεν εἰς τόν ἐν Τριάδι Θεόν, τόν ἀξιώσαντα ἡμᾶς νά φθάσωμεν καί πάλιν εἰς τήν Ἁγίαν καί Μεγάλην Τεσσαρακοστήν, διά νά ἀγωνισθῶμεν τόν καλόν ἀγῶνα τῆς ἀσκήσεως, διά νά στραφῶμεν εἰς τό «ἕν, οὗ ἐστι χρεία» (πρβλ. Λουκ. ι’, 42).
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of St. Photios and the Saint Photios National Shrine (02/06/2018)

As we commemorate the Feast of Saint Photios the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople, we offer our prayers and support for our beloved St. Photios National Shrine in the year that marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the largest Greek colony to America. In 1768 hundreds of Greek immigrants arrived in New Smyrna and St. Augustine, Florida after an arduous journey by ship from their distant homelands. Their hopes for a better life were challenged by the conditions and demands they met.
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Archbishop's Encyclical for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters Day - January 30 2018

On our celebration of this holy commemoration of the Three Great Hierarchs and Ecumenical Teachers, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, we are mindful of our preparations for our 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress which will be held in Boston, July 1-5
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Matters of Justice and Truth

With the grace and blessing of the Omnipotent God, we have entered the new calendar year 2018, which we celebrate rooted in our faith to Christ Who revealed Himself to us, a faith through which everything is possible and attainable, especially matters of justice, truth, peace and love.
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical Announcing the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress

With joy in our hearts as we anticipate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, I join with the beloved and respected Hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod and the members of the Archdiocesan Council in announcing that our 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress and the national meeting of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will convene July 1 to 5, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of Saint Basil and the New Year 2018

At the inception of this New Year of 2018, we affirm as Orthodox Christians that the words above offered by our Lord in reference to His divine work are also the focus of our worship and ministry. In all that we do as the Greek Orthodox Church in America, we look to Christ as our Savior and Guide, we offer the Gospel of life and truth, and we demonstrate the grace of God in our service to others. We preach the message of salvation. We speak of liberty in Christ to all who are in bondage to sin and the burdens of this life. We offer a witness of the healing and transformation that we find in Him. We proclaim constantly and consistently that this is the acceptable year of the Lord.
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Patriarchal Proclamation for Christmas 2017

We welcome the “all-perfect God,” who “brought love into the world,” who becomes “closer to us than we to ourselves.” Through kenosis, the divine Word condescends to the created beings in “a condescension inexplicable and incomprehensible.” He “whom nothing can contain” is contained in the womb of the Virgin; the greatest exists in the least. This great chapter of our faith, of how the transcendent God “became human for humankind,” while remaining an “inexpressible” mystery. “The great mystery of divine Incarnation ever remains a mystery.”
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for The Nativity of Christ 2017

We glorify Christ on this blessed and glorious Feast for having come to us and for revealing the abundant and redeeming grace of God
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Thanksgiving Day - November 23 2017

On this day of Thanksgiving we are blessed as Orthodox Christians to offer gratitude to God, our Creator, who gives us life and has revealed His amazing and transforming love for us. He is the source and foundation of our thanksgiving, as we respond to His love and presence offering our praise and adoration. Our worship affirms the words of the Psalmist as we come into His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2)
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels - November 8, 2017

The Holy Scriptures describe the holy angels as ministering spirits sent forth to serve for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation (Hebrews 1:14). In carrying out their divine tasks, the holy angels offer an example of true service to God and humankind....
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries (11/01/2017)

On this blessed Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian, we are guided by their examples of holiness and compassion to offer service to those in need. Influenced by the saintly life of their devout mother, they chose to use their knowledge and skills for healing those with sickness. They did this freely, with a focus on the well-being of body and soul; and because of their love of God and neighbor, they were blessed with the wisdom to preach the Gospel and with the power to heal through prayer.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for OXI Day - October 28, 2017

Today as we commemorate OXI Day and the significance of the stand against fascism demonstrated by the people of Greece on October 28, 1940, we are aware that we live in a world where forces of hatred and violence still threaten life and liberty. Just as the leaders of the Axis armies had no respect for freedom, were consumed with a quest for power, and demanded the surrender of Greece, we see movements and ideologies today that have no regard for human dignity and no compassion for the life and well-being of others.
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