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 Saint Photios And Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2016)

On this blessed Feast of Saint Photios the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople, we commemorate a Saint who offered a brilliant witness of the truth and love of God. Having a tremendous intellectual ability and a deep love and faith in Christ, he endured false accusations, threats, and ordeals, yet he remained a true messenger of Gospel. Throughout his life Saint Photios was a faithful ambassador for Christ, never wavering in his apostolic mission to proclaim the truth that leads to God and salvation.
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Encyclical for the Feast of St. Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2015)

On this blessed Feast of Saint Photios, we offer our gratitude and support for our beloved Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida. For almost four decades, our National Shrine as been a place that honors the earliest roots of our Greek American experience, affirms the value of this experience and the role of our Hellenic heritage in this country, and offers a beautiful witness of the power and grace of our Orthodox faith.
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Encyclical for the Feast of St. Photios and St. Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2014)

Events, as the above, are also witnesses of the strength of faith in our lives as Greek Orthodox Christians and in our Greek American community. We have and continue to see how our faith brings us together in mutual support and commitment to the mission of the Church and the sharing of the Gospel. Many who are members of our Hellenic organizations are also members of our parishes and contribute their time and resources regularly to ministry at all levels of the Church in America. In addition, they lead and serve both in the parish and the Greek American community in promoting the cherished relationship of our heritage and our faith.
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Encyclical for the Feast of St. Photios and St. Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2013)

This heritage is the foundation for the growth and strength of our Church in America today, and it is a heritage that has been preserved and promoted in a special way by our beloved Saint Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida. For three decades, this institution of our Holy Archdiocese has connected us to the earliest Greek immigrants to America along with offering a witness of the strength of our faith in God and the unique character of our Greek American presence in this country.
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Encyclical for the Feast of St. Photios and St. Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2012)

As we celebrate this feast day of Saint Photios the Confessor and Patriarch of Constantinople, we are also at the beginning of a special time in our worship and in our daily prayers and reflection. We have begun the Triodion period, the three weeks before Great Lent, and a time when the services, readings, and hymns direct our attention toward our need to prepare for Holy Week, the week of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord. We are also called to reflect upon the challenges and struggles of living as Christians and to experience the power and blessings that come through the life of faith.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2011)

On this blessed feast of Saint Photios the Confessor and Patriarch of Constantinople, it is our annual tradition to recognize and support the work of our Saint Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida. We do this because the National Shrine has a significant role in the ministry of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. This past year over ninety thousand visitors came to the Saint Photios Shrine and experienced the way that this beloved institution of our Archdiocese offers a remembrance of our heritage, a witness of our Orthodox faith, and illumination through the grace of God.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2010)

On this feast day of Saint Photios the Confessor, we have the blessed opportunity to honor the life and work of an amazing Patriarch and Theologian of our Holy Orthodox Church. We also commend the witness of our beloved Saint Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, Florida. This relationship of the name of a great Father of the Church and the Shrine was initiated in 1969 by Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America. Together with leaders and donors of our Greek Orthodox Church in America, he recognized the historical significance of the Shrine, which was a place of worship for a small group of Greek immigrants in the late eighteenth century.
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Encyclical for the Feast of St. Photios and St. Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2009)

I write to you on the inspiring Feast of Saint Photios the Great, which our Holy Orthodox Church today commemorates. The life and legacy of Saint Photios, who served as Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during the 9th century, left an indelible footprint upon the Christian world.
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Encyclical for the Feast of St. Photios (02/06/2008)

On the annual Feast of Saint Photios the Great, we come together in prayer and worship to commemorate one of the great luminaries of our Holy Orthodox Church. A passionate scholar and person of deep faith, Saint Photios served as Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople during the 9th century. Among his many contributions to the Church, he is remembered for authoring, among many other works, the Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit, a thorough treatise on the procession of the Holy Spirit, which continues to serve as a basic text in contemporary theological education. He is also remembered for his extraordinary foresight in advancing the missionary work of the Church, supporting the work of the beloved Saints Cyril and Methodios in their preaching of the Gospel in the Slavic lands.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2007)

Each year on February 6, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Photios the Great, a saint of our Orthodox Church who served as Patriarch of Constantinople in the ninth century.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2006)

I address you on the glorious Feast of Saint Photios the Great. On this day, we honor the enduring legacy of a brilliant luminary of our Holy Orthodox Church who served as Ecumenical Patriarch during the 9th century. St. Photios is remembered for his resolute defense of the Orthodox faith from heresy, for his profound writings on the person of the Holy Spirit, and for his warm embrace of other cultures, as demonstrated by his foresight to dispatch the revered Sts. Cyril and Methodios to the Slavic lands as missionaries of Christ's Gospel.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2005)

On February 6 we commemorate Saint Photios the Great, the ninth century Patriarch of Constantinople. Saint Photios’ contributions to the Church and society at large were indeed extraordinary. A figure of towering intellectual prowess, Saint Photios is remembered for his resolute defense of the Orthodox Christian faith from heresy. He is also celebrated for his remarkable foresight and embrace of other cultures, dispatching the revered Sts. Cyril and Methodios to the Slavic Lands to preach the Gospel and to share the treasures of Orthodoxy and Hellenic culture.
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Encyclical for the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2004)

On the Feast of Saint Photios the Great, February 6, we honor the ministry of our Saint Photios National Shrine in Saint Augustine, Florida. This Shrine, appropriately named after the illustrious ninth century Patriarch of Constantinople, is a vital institution of our Holy Archdiocese that aims to advance the spiritual and cultural legacy that was brought to America by the first Greek immigrants in the eighteenth century.
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Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2003)

On the 6th of February we commemorate the holy memory of a most illustrious Saint of our Holy Orthodox Church, Saint Photios the Great. Raised in Constantinople within the surroundings of a noble Byzantine family, Saint Photios was accorded all the benefits of an advanced education, served in the most important offices of the Imperial court, and was eventually elected as Patriarch of Constantinople in the year 857. Most importantly, he was a pinnacle of patience and vision—exceptional and God-inspired virtues which serve as a beacon to all persons across all levels of society.
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Message by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on the Feast of Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2001)

Each year, on the feast day of Saint Photios the Great (February 6), we honor the work and ministry of our Saint Photios National Shrine in Saint Augustine, Florida. We do this because our Shrine is not only the location of some of the earliest Greek settlements in America, but also because this vital institution of our Holy Archdiocese seeks to perpetuate a spiritual and cultural heritage that was brought to this land by Greek immigrants.
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Feast of Saint Photios and Saint Photios National Shrine Day (02/06/2000)

February 6, we commemorate one of the great luminaries of our Church, Saint Photios the Great, a holy Father whose life and work as the Patriarch of Constantinople had a lasting impact on the Church throughout the world.
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