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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The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (2017)

Today we venerate the precious and life-giving Cross of our Lord as it is lifted up in our midst. We are gathered on this blessed feast to exalt before all of the world the Cross that became a means of peace, a trophy of godliness, and the door to salvation. We offer praises to God for through the Cross, death and corruption have been destroyed and the power of grace has transformed our lives.
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Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Indiction and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment - September 1, 2017

At the inception of a new Ecclesiastical Year, we are invited through our commemoration of the Feast of the Indiction to come before the Lord in worship and prayer. We are encouraged to renew our offering of our life to Him and to enhance our communication with Him through prayer and worship.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (08/15/2017)

The Theotokos is compassionate because she is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ who revealed to us the grace of God through His ministry and teaching. She carried the Compassionate Savior in her womb. In the Holy Scriptures we read how our Lord saw the physical and spiritual needs of many, and He had compassion. They were like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34). They were hungry, blind, sick, suffering and rejected. He felt and understood their struggles and needs, and in compassion He blessed their lives through the power of grace.
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Archiepiscopal Encyclical 4th of July, Independence Day (07/04/2017)

Our annual commemoration of the 4th of July, Independence Day in the United States of America, provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of liberty and to express our gratitude to our forbearers for the freedom that has been advanced and sustained throughout the history of this country. We have and experience a multitude of social, political and economic freedoms because many sacrificed courageously to protect the highest ideals, others engaged in challenging debate and decisions over the shape of governance and society, and countless more have cherished freedom by respecting the rights and liberties of others.
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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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