• Homily of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

    This, my brothers and sisters, is the Gospel: a call to die, and also to live a new life. That new life is one in which Christ Himself lives in us. His strength becomes our strength. His joy becomes our joy. His endless and encompassing love becomes our love. The more fully that we die to this world, the more fully Christ lives in us. Read More

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    Homily of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Great Vespers of the Exaltation of the Cross

    Today you will receive your own cross to wear and to cherish. Wear it with honor, with courage, with a sense of self-denial. Taking up the Cross, you accept the invitation to strive, to struggle, and to suffer for the sake of the Lord and His Church. And you also accept the call to take part in His triumph, and to have no other glory or boast or ambition in life, than the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

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    Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    As we commemorate this most blessed Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, we sing as an exclamation of faith and a witness of the Gospel to all the world, “The Cross is raised on high, and urges all the creation to sing the praises of the undefiled Passion of Him who was lifted high upon it.” (Hymn of Vespers) Today, as Orthodox Christians we raise high the Cross as an emblem of victory and an invincible shield. We raise high the Cross of Christ our Lord, proclaiming the salvation that has come through Him. We raise high the Cross, affirming that God’s love for us is greater than the power of death. And in raising high the Cross, we raise up Christ so that all the world may see our Resurrected Lord and believe. Read More

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    Letter from Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Regarding New Youth Safety Policies

    I am writing as Archbishop to bring to your attention an important matter that is and must be an urgent concern for all of us who work with children in every aspect of the Archdiocese, in every Metropolis and in every parish and youth ministry. This letter is to call each of us to action, and to encourage us as our clergy, our lay leaders and our fellow parishioners to mobilize to serve our children and youth. Read More

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    Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Anniversary Luncheon Celebration of the Church of Serbia

    We rejoice in the long and close relationship between the Mother Church of Constantinople and the Patriarchate of Serbia. Over the centuries, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized the strength and maturity of the Serbian churches. In light of this, the Church of Constantinople granted the Church of Serbia first autonomy, and then autocephaly. So it was that in the year 1219, in the cathedral of Nicaea, Ecumenical Patriarch Manuel consecrated as the first Archbishop of the Serbians a monk, whom we now know as Saint Sava the Enlightener. Read More

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    Keynote Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Grand Banquet of the Young Adult League Conference

    It is truly encouraging to see all of you, coming together here in California, out of your love for Christ and His Church. You have expended time and resources to be here. Some of you have given up vacation days; others must go directly from this weekend to the start of the new school year. You have all made an effort and a sacrifice for the sake of your faith. May the Lord accept this offering in His Kingdom and reward you richly! And I personally express my gratitude for making your life in Christ a priority. Read More

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    Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2019)

    Thirty years ago, the Ecumenical Patriarchate issued an appeal to Orthodox Christians, urging prayer and care for God’s creation. Since 1989, each year on September 1st, at the inspiration of His All-Holiness Demetrios, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has opened the liturgical year with prayers for all God’s creation. Since 1992, at the exhortation of His All-Holiness Bartholomew, all Orthodox Churches have implemented the same tradition. Read More

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    Homily of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros - Feast of Saint Paraskevi

    It is truly with “fear of God, faith, and love” that we gather today in this holy house, in this church and shrine where the Lord has worked so many wonders of grace, so many miracles of healing. This community is blessed with the Agiasmó of Saint Paraskevi, whose memory we celebrate today; and also with the relics of Saint Panteleimon, whom we commemorate tomorrow. Read More

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    Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the 45th Anniversary of the Invasion of Cyprus

    As so many of you know, today marks a very significant event in the history of the Greek people and the Omogeneia. The invasion of Cyprus by the Turkish army forty-five years ago, the displacement of its citizens who became refugees in their own country, and the forced division of the island remain a grievous injustice to this day. Read More

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    Homily of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America - July 7, 2019

    The Third Sunday of Matthew coincides this year with the feast of two great saints of our Church, Saint Kyriake the Great-Martyr and the Venerable Thomas of Maleon. It so happens that these two saints lived in different eras: the Great-Martyr Kyriake lived in the fourth century and the Venerable Thomas in the tenth. Read More