Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son Metropolis of Atlanta Hellenic Dance Festival

What a joy for me to join all of you for the Hellenic Dance Festival of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta. These cultural celebrations that take place across the Archdiocese are especially rewarding to see, because they bring so many of you – or young people – together in fellowship. Read More

January 15, 2023

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after the Holy Theophany January 8, 2023

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after the Holy Theophany January 8, 2023

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, I am so very happy to be with you today at this wonderful Saint John the Divine Parish. Let us remember that “Divine,” in this case, is an older English word for “Theologian, for your Parish is dedicated to the first of the great Three Theologians of our faith: Read More

January 8, 2023

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Immersion of the Precious Cross on the Feast of Theophany Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs, Florida January 6, 2023

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Immersion of the Precious Cross on the Feast of Theophany Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs, Florida January 6, 2023

My beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, Once again, we come to the Spring Bayou for our sacred tradition of the Immersion of the Holy and Precious Cross. The Cross enters the waters to sanctify the waters; to redeem the waters. Τo make of the bitter tastes of this world – which is called “Marah” in the Book of Exodus – a sweetness to surpass even the finest honey. Read More

January 8, 2023

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Homily at the Great Vespers January 7, 2023 - The Saint Photios Chapel of the Saint Photios National Shrine Saint Augustine, Florida

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Homily at the Great Vespers January 7, 2023 - The Saint Photios Chapel of the Saint Photios National Shrine Saint Augustine, Florida

To be here at the Saint Photios National Shrine, during these days when we celebrate Τὰ Ἅγια Φῶτα, is a very special joy for me. This Vespers in the Shrine’s Chapel, when we sing the wondrous hymn, “O Gladsome Light,” manifests the mission of the Shrine for all the world to see. Saint Photios is all about bringing the light of Christ into the world, so that every person who passes through its doors witnesses the illumination of our Orthodox Christian Faith. Read More

January 8, 2023

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Theophany Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Tarpon Springs, Florida - January 6, 2023

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Theophany Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Tarpon Springs, Florida - January 6, 2023

ear sisters and brothers in Christ, As we commence the Great Blessing of the Waters, we first hear this hymn – an invitation to our souls: Φωνὴ Κυρίου ἐπὶ τῶν ὑδάτων βοᾷ λέγουσα· Δεῦτε λάβετε πάντες, Πνεῦμα σοφίας, Πνεῦμα συνέσεως, Πνεῦμα φόβου Θεοῦ, τοῦ ἐπιφανέντος Χριστοῦ. The voice of the Lord, which is upon the waters, cries out, saying: Come all and receive the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding, the Spirit of the awe of God, from Christ in His Epiphany! [*] Read More

January 6, 2023

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve

My beloved Brothers and Sister in the Lord: Today is Christmas Eve! Even though the “eve” we speak of does not really commence until the setting of the sun. But we all call December 24th “Christmas Eve,” and I am happy to celebrate this day with you! Read More

December 25, 2022

Homily at Divine Liturgy on the Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Homily at Divine Liturgy on the Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Beloved sisters and brothers in the Lord, I am so very happy to be with you for this Divine Liturgy, in which we also celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of your parish. Especially in this centennial year of our Sacred Archdiocese of America as the premier Eparchy in the Diaspora of the Holy Mother Church of Constantinople, I have been privileged to be present at a number of events for parishes that share this anniversary. And now, by the grace of God, and the intercessions of your Heavenly Patron, I have this wonderful opportunity today. Read More

November 20, 2022

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Holy Trinity Church (Egg Harbor, NJ)

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Holy Trinity Church (Egg Harbor, NJ)

Your Grace, beloved Brother in Christ, Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Dear Fathers and Brethren in the Lord, Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Tonight, we rejoice with renewed enthusiasm at this Great Vespers, because we are also celebrating the fortieth anniversary of your parish, which is dedicated to the Most Holy Name of the Holy Trinity. We commence here with prayer, and we will continue afterward in the church hall with a festive meal and celebration. Read More

November 19, 2022

Homily At the Great Vespers of the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom

Homily At the Great Vespers of the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom

Our Lord Jesus Christ did not utter the word “Τετέλεσται” from the Cross to signal an ending to His work of salvation. Rather, his final word, before He bowed His precious head and accepted death, was the sign of a commencement. For His perfect soul leapt from the Cross and descended into Hell itself to free the souls held there from ages past. And then, by His Glorious Resurrection, a new way of love, forgiveness, mercy, and peace was revealed for all humankind to traverse in freedom of spirit. Read More

November 13, 2022

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church

It is a great joy to be here with you once again at this wonderful Archangel Michael Parish, particularly for the celebration of your Heavenly Patron and Protector. The tradition of dedicating a Church to the Prince of the Angels is very ancient indeed – dating back to Saint Constantine himself, the first Christian Emperor of Rome. Read More

November 8, 2022

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