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    Homily on Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Feb. 9, 2020

    Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today we are gathered together by the Holy Spirit to initiate our journey to Pascha, as we celebrate the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, the beginning of Triodion. Read More

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    Homily at Great Vespers at the Beginning of Triodion, St. Augustine, Fla.

    Beloved Faithful, Tonight, we commence the Triodion, a season of preparation that leads us to Holy and Great Lent. We hear in the first hymn an exhortation that, if we can fulfill it even a little bit, we shall find ourselves transformed: Read More

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    Opening Remarks – St. Photios National Shrine Board of Directors Meeting, Feb. 8, 2020

    Dear Fellow Trustees of the St. Photios Foundation, I am delighted to be with you all during these sacred days when we celebrate our First Archdiocesan National Shrine, dedicated to Saint Photios the Great, Patriarch of Constantinople, and commemorating all who came to these shores seeking a better life and bringing with them – like the Apostles – the Holy Orthodox Faith. Read More

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    Archbishop's Greeting at OCMC - Feb 8, 2020

    Thank you for this warm welcome and luncheon here at the Mission Center, which was a unique gift to all Orthodox Christians in America by my ever-memorable predecessor, Archbishop Iakovos. He had the vision and the confidence to give this ministry of love as gift to the entire Church, for it is love that drives your apostolate. It is the love for every person on earth under heaven that impels us to bring the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ to every creature. It is love that is the basis of our missionary enterprise, because we are inspired to give the gift of the knowledge of God from the abundance of our own blessings, and the surfeit of the grace that we have known in our lives. Read More

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    Archbishop’s Acceptance Remarks – Phidippides Award Gala Dinner – February 6, 2020

    Dear Friends, I come before you this evening, humbled by the honor you bestow upon me. I would like to thank the Board of Directors of the Greek Educational Public Information System and the entire team at our beloved Hellenic Public Radio, Cosmos FM, for bestowing this Award on me in my first year as your Archbishop. Cosmos FM provides an immensely important service not only to the Omogeneia, but to the greater community as well. It opens a wide window on the affairs of Hellenes throughout the Tri-State area for our neighbors, and encourages them to become Philhellenes, friends of our culture and friends of our Holy Orthodox Faith. Read More

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    Address at the Ordination to the Diaconate of Sub-Deacon Pavlos Sotirelis February 5, 2020

    Beloved Sub-Deacon Pavlos, Yesterday, you joined the ranks of the Angels when you embraced the monastic cowl. Today, you commence your ministry with them as a Deacon in the Church of Christ. As we say in every Vespers: Ὁ ποιῶν τοὺς ἀγγέλους αὑτοῦ πνεύματα, καὶ τοὺς λειτουργοὺς αὑτοῦ πυρὸς φλόγα. He makes His Angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. Read More

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    Address at the Ordination to the Diaconate of Sub-Deacon George Giavris February 2, 2020

    Beloved Sub-Deacon George, You stand in the temple of God before your Creator, Savior, and Lord, on a most sacred day. The very day when we commemorate His Entry into the Temple of the Law. There, in what is called the Second Temple, signifying the Second and New Covenant, in the Temple adorned by Herod, the same tyrant who tried to kill Him, our Lord Jesus Christ was presented as an infant of only forty days, by His Holy Mother and His fatherly guardian, Joseph the Betrothed. They were poor in purse, but pure in heart. They could only afford the most modest of offerings, two turtledoves prescribed by the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 12:8). Read More

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    Homily at the Divine Liturgy for the Three Hierarchs

    The Three Hierarchs teach us to do these three things. One: to gather knowledge, culture, and wisdom from everywhere, and to be generous with these gifts in return. Two: to build our lives with these precious gifts, as if we were building our own house to share with others, just as bees share the hive. And three: to use the things of this world to glorify God, just as we make candles out of the beeswax to brighten our Churches and homes. Read More

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    Homily of Archbishop Elpidophoros, St. George Orthodox Cathedral in Daly City, California

    Today my heart is overwhelmed with joy as I stand in your presence – in this Cathedral of Saint George – and behold your faces beaming with the love of God and the faithfulness that you demonstrate as a community of believers. This Vicariate, under our Most Holy Ecumenical Patriarchate and Archdiocese is a true success story of Orthodox Christianity in America: a shining example of how tradition, culture, language, and spiritual heritage all live together, nurturing and nourishing each other in a dialogue of love, peace, and faith. Read More

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    Homily on the Sunday of Zacchaeus - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral San Francisco, Calif.

    And in this House, just as in the home of Zacchaeus, we are called to confront ourselves with honesty, and to be of generous heart with all around us. Zacchaeus achieved both in a single sentence: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold.” In one moment, the formerly rich tax collector paid his due, and made a store of treasure in Heaven. And so it shall be with all of you. Here in this place, in the presence of your brothers and sisters in Christ, let honesty prevail, and generosity of heart, soul, and mind for each other. Read More

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