Encyclical for AHEPA Sunday (5/21/2017)

For almost a century this has been the focus of the members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. Today we honor this legacy of compassion and service by observing AHEPA Sunday and offering our gratitude to the members of the AHEPA family. Throughout our Holy Archdiocese, these faithful servants of God are leaders in their parishes, in the institutions and organizations of the Church, and in using the strength and mission of AHEPA to meet vital needs around the world.
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical on Holy Pascha 2017

On this glorious Feast of Feasts that is filled with the transcendent light and unsurpassable joy of the Lord’s Resurrection, I proclaim with you, my beloved people, the exclamation of victory, Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Annunciation and the Day of Greek Independence

Today, as we celebrate the blessed and holy Feast of the Annunciation, we hear the words of the Archangel announcing the good news of the coming of the Son of God for our salvation. We hear the response of the Virgin Mary in praising God and committing herself to His divine will. We hear a witness of her faith in God as she proclaims, My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden…. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. (Luke 1:47-49)
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Greek Independence Day Parade (2017)

In the joy and fellowship of our celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day, we will gather this year on March 26th for our annual Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City. I invite all of our parishes in the region to join with us as we honor our legacy of freedom as Greeks and as Americans, and we offer a witness of the heroism and sacrifice of those who engaged in the struggle for liberty.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Holy and Great Lent 2017

As we begin this sacred journey through Holy and Great Lent, through a time of earnest prayer and sincere reflection, we are guided by the presence of our Lord and the hymns and prayers of this season to experience the power of God’s grace.
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Encyclical For The Feast Of Saint Photios And Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2017)

On our annual celebration of the Feast of Saint Photios the Great, Patriarch of Constantinople, and our recognition of the witness and ministry of the Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida, we are blessed this year to observe the 35thanniversary of the dedication of the Shrine. The dedication in February 1982 followed years of work and offerings of many Greek Orthodox faithful led by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos.
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Encyclical For The Feast Of The Three Hierarchs And Greek Letters Day (01/30/2017)

Our commemoration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs represents a strong and holy tradition in the Orthodox Church of affirming that these three saints, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and John Chrysostom, are exalted examples of persons who were filled with the knowledge of God and great spiritual wisdom.
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Celebration for Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through its National Department of Greek Education and the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education, organizes a series of events in celebration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of Saint Basil and the New Year (01/01/2017)

The commemoration of Saint Basil the Great on this day provides us with an example of holiness, leadership, and service that embodies this theme. From his prayerful manner of life and his deep faith and spiritual insight, we see a man who knew Christ and lived in His presence. Through his sermons, theological treatises, and pastoral diakonia he was the voice of Christ. He lived during a time marked by theological controversies and transitions related to Christianity and the Church. Many people had significant physical and spiritual needs. In this very challenging and changing period, Saint Basil offered wisdom, comfort, and guidance by the grace of God.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Nativity 2016

On this glorious Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, we hear from the Holy Scriptures and the beautiful hymns of our services that sacred story of how Christ was born of the Virgin Mary and as an infant was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. We contemplate the miraculous and joyous appearance of the angels proclaiming to the shepherds the good news: For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). We marvel at the inspiration of the wise men as they traveled from distant lands to offer gifts and reverence to the newborn King.
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Encyclical For Thanksgiving Day (11/24/2016)

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.
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Encyclical For The Feast Of The Holy Archangels (11/08/2016)

On this blessed Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels we honor and support each year the legacy of compassionate service and quality care through the sacred ministry of Saint Michael’s Home, one of the National Ministries of the Holy Archdiocese of America. As the Holy Angels have and continue to offer a witness of the grace of God, the staff, administration and benefactors of Saint Michael’s continue to offer grace and love to the residents and their families in an environment that sustains the body with dignity and nurtures the soul in our Orthodox faith.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries - November 1, 2016

On this sacred occasion of the Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, I ask all of our parishes to offer special prayers for the philanthropic ministries of our Ecumenical Patriarchate and for the ongoing programs of our Ladies Philoptochos Society at the local, metropolis, and national levels. I also ask our parishes to take a special collection on Sunday, October 30 for the National Ladies Philoptochos Ecumenical Patriarchate Fund. This is an opportunity for all of us to participate in these ministries, as well as a time for renewed commitment to our sacred ministry to minister to the least of these (Matthew 25:40), to minister to Christ himself, as we serve all who have needs.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for OXI Day - October 28, 2016

Protocol Number 210/16 October 28, 2016 OXI Day As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 To the Most...
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for National Leadership 100 Sunday - October 23, 2016

On this Sunday, October 23, the Feast of Saint Iakovos, we give thanks first to God whose love was revealed among us in sending his Son into the world so that we might love through him (I John 4:9), for the love manifested by the benevolent energies of the members of Leadership 100 and to celebrate these manifold acts of love and faithfulness now demonstrated for 32 years by the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, founded by Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Commemoration of the Asia Minor Catastrophe (09/18/2016)

In recognition of this and many related tragic events of that era, I ask the parishes of our Holy Archdiocese to have special observances and memorial services on Sunday, September 18. Together, let us remember our forbearers who perished and commemorate the valor shown by those who survived. Let us honor the memory and sacrifice of those who suffered. As we are confronted by the crises in our contemporary world, let us find strength and guidance in our Orthodox faith, just as many did in those dark days, placing their hope for deliverance and salvation in Almighty God.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (09/14/2016)

Our reconciliation to God through the Cross was an act of great sacrifice. In lifting up the Cross before us, we recognize that an instrument of grace was also an instrument of suffering and death. We acknowledge the unfathomable burden that was assumed by our Lord as He took our sin upon Himself as an unblemished offering.
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Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2016)

We give thanks to our merciful and holy God for this blessed opportunity to begin another ecclesiastical year, and we anticipate the witness of His presence and power in our lives and in our worship and work of spreading His Gospel. In addition to the observance of this day as the beginning of a new liturgical cycle, it has also been designated by our beloved Ecumenical Patriarchate as the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2016)

The Virgin Mary knew the voice of Christ because she shared a unique relationship with Him as His mother. She heard His voice from birth throughout His life and ministry; she heard His words as He grew; she marveled at His wisdom as a youth; she listened to His teaching; she was burdened with great sorrow when He cried out from the Cross; and she was filled with great joy following His resurrection and hearing His promises.
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Encyclical for Independence Day (07/04/2016)

As we observe the annual commemoration of Independence Day, hierarchs, clergy and laity from throughout our Holy Archdiocese are gathered in Nashville for our 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress. Certainly, we are meeting to address the needs and opportunities in the life of our Church in America. We are also gathered in the presence of God with a focus on a specific theme that guides and challenges our work of ministry: “You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World.” On this day and in our celebration of the freedom we have in this country, the voice of Christ should be heard through us so that all may know the true depth and spiritual power of the liberty we have in Him.
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