Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at Saint Matrona of Moscow Cathedral of Miami

It is a great joy to be with the clergy and faithful of the Slavic Vicariate, and especially to have the additional blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta joining us in prayer. Read More

Homily at the Liturgy for the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Homily at the Liturgy for the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Today we continue our spiritual journey on this most sacred day of the Entry of the Virgin into the Temple. I do not say the Temple of Solomon, for the First Temple of King Solomon was destroyed by Ναβουχοδονόσορ (Nebuchchadnezzar), six hundred years before the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ: Ἡμέρα τῶν Εὐχαριστιῶν

ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ: Ἡμέρα τῶν Εὐχαριστιῶν

Ἂς εὐχαριστήσουμε τὸ Θεὸ! Ἂς ἑορτάσουμε τὴν ἐθνικὴ ἑορτὴ τῶν Εὐχαριστιῶν, μία ἡμέρα μοναδική, κατὰ τὴν ὁποία ἀντιλαμβανόμαστε ὅτι τὸ ἀντίθετο τῆς ἔλλειψης δὲν εἶναι ἡ πληρότητα, ἀλλὰ ἡ εὐχαριστία. Read More

Homily on the Eighth Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily on the Eighth Sunday of Saint Luke

On this Sunday of the Good Samaritan, I rejoice to be with all of you in this historic community. My visit to Oakland coincides with the ordination to the episcopacy of one most distinguished clergy of your Metropolis, Father Spencer Kezios – now Bishop Spyridon of Amastris. Yesterday in Belmont, at the Parish of the Holy Cross, we celebrated his elevation into the ministry of the High Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I feel blessed to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with all of you. Read More

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Spyridon of Amastris

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Spyridon of Amastris

My dear brother, today we gather in this Church of the Holy Cross, a Parish well known to you and served by your dear friend and collaborator, the late and ever-memorable Father Leonidas Contos. We gather before the Holy Cross of the Lord, the place par excellence of sacrificial love, to receive your offering of service in the Holy High Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint John Chrysostom

Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint John Chrysostom

On this eve of the Feast of the Patron Saint of your Metropolis, the Holy and Golden-mouthed John Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Constantinople, I extend my warmest best wishes to you and to every soul within this God-saved Eparchy. As the Patriarchal Vicar, I rejoice to celebrate this feast with you, one so great that it was transferred to this day, so that it would not conflict with the actual day the blessed Saint reposed. Read More

ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ: IἈνακήρυξη Κυριακῆς τῆς Ἐθνικῆς Φιλοπτώχου Ἀδελφότητος

ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ: IἈνακήρυξη Κυριακῆς τῆς Ἐθνικῆς Φιλοπτώχου Ἀδελφότητος

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has declared this Sunday to the Inaugural National Philoptochos Sunday, to celebrate the reich legacy of this important organization of our Archdiocese. National Philoptochos Sunday will be celebrated every year to honor the thousands of women throughout our Archdiocese who are a part of this vibrant ministry. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America - Homily on the Synaxis of the Bodiless Powers

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America - Homily on the Synaxis of the Bodiless Powers

I am so very pleased to be with you for this magnificent feast of your Patron Saint – the Commander of the Heavenly Host, Michael, whose name – Μιχαήλ, is a question: “Who is like God?” What a question to ask this day! A question for all of us to consider, and whether our lives are like God and reflect His love for all creation. Read More

ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ: Σύναξις τῶν Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχῶν Μιχαὴλ καὶ Γαβριήλ

ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ: Σύναξις τῶν Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχῶν Μιχαὴλ καὶ Γαβριήλ

Κατὰ τὴ σημερινὴ ἑορτὴ τῶν Παμμεγίστων Ταξιαρχῶν Μιχαὴλ καὶ Γαβριήλ, ἡ Ἐκκλησία μας ἀναφέρεται στὶς ἀγγελικὲς δυνάμεις ποὺ μᾶς περιβάλλουν. Εἶναι, πράγματι, ἀμέτρητος ὁ ἀριθμὸς τῶν ἀγγελικῶν δυνάμεων, ὅπως μᾶς ἔχει παραδοθεῖ στὴν Ἁγία Γραφή. Καὶ μόνο ὁ στίχος 11, κεφ. 5 ἀπὸ τὸ βιβλίο τῆς Ἀποκαλύψεως «μυριάδες μυριάδων καὶ χιλιάδες χιλιάδων» μᾶς δίνει μιὰ ἰδέα γιὰ τὸν ἀμέτρητο ἀριθμὸ τῶν ἀγγελικῶν δυνάμεων ποὺ ἔπλασε ὁ Θεός. Read More

Ἀντιφώνησις On the Occasion of the 29th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew And the Feast of Saint Elpidophoros

Ἀντιφώνησις On the Occasion of the 29th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew And the Feast of Saint Elpidophoros

I am very humbled this day, because of the many congratulations and well wishes I have received for the occasion of my Nameday. But even as we praise the Martyrs of this day, among whom is Elpidophoros, who gave his blood for the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ, this day brings an even greater occasion to ascribe glory unto the Name of the Lord. Read More

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