Archiepiscopal Encyclical: The Commemoration of OXI Day

Today, we celebrate the eightieth anniversary of our magnificent Feast of Victory – τὰ Νικητήρια of the Theotokos, who on October 28, 1940, came to the aid of Greece and her noble people. We honor those Greeks who, as the Lord enjoined in His commandment, ‘let their “yes” be “yes,” and their “no” be “no”’ (Matthew 5:37). Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer

With poetic exclamation, we began our hymns of praise to your Patron Saint, the Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer Demetrios. His Feast and his name are praised and praiseworthy around the world for all pious and Orthodox Christians. His martyrdom is a paradigm of virtue and courage. And his memory, like that of all the righteous from everlasting, is treasured in the liturgical cycle of the Church. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  Homily on the Sixth Sunday of Saint Luke

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily on the Sixth Sunday of Saint Luke

I am very pleased to be with you for the Divine Service, especially on this Eve of the Feast of your Patron Saint, the Holy Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer Demetrios. This mighty captain of men became an Angelic General through his bravery in the spiritual combat of his martyrdom. Jamaica, New York Read More

Archbishop Encyclical: Leadership 100 Sunday

Archbishop Encyclical: Leadership 100 Sunday

Today, just two days after the feast of the “First Shepherd and Teacher of Jerusalem,” we celebrate one of the greatest legacies of the ever-memorable Archbishop Iakovos: the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund that bears his name. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Great Vespers of Saint Gerasimos of Cephalonia

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Great Vespers of Saint Gerasimos of Cephalonia

Tonight we have gathered in honor of your Heavenly Patron, the God-bearing Father Gerasimos, who hailed from Trikala in Peloponnesos. Before the Saint came to the island paradise of Cephalonia, where his relics are enshrined, he struggled mightily for Christ throughout the Orthodox world – in Constantinople, Mount Athos, Jerusalem, Mount Sinai, the deserts of Egypt, Antioch, Damascus, Zakynthos, and finally to the “New Jerusalem” he founded in Cephalonia and in his miraculous ministry. Read More

Homily on the Sunday of the Feast of the Holy Evangelist Luke

Homily on the Sunday of the Feast of the Holy Evangelist Luke

It has been said, “last but not least,” as this wonderful community of Saints Constantine and Helen does, indeed, now complete my visitations of all the Parishes of the Archdiocesan District. However, I would rather say, “I saved the best for last!” Read More

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Sermon: "…but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13)

Jesus spoke of love and showed compassion. He taught us by his example to love one another and to be compassionate toward those in need. In the Gospels, we read of the compassion of Jesus Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  Homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

I am delighted to be with you today, on this Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. This last of the Ecumenical Councils, held in the year 787, was the council that affirmed the dignity, grace, and dogmatic validity of the Holy Icons. And somehow it seems fitting, that this last of the Ecumenical Councils took place in Nicaea, where the First Council was convened over four hundred years earlier. Read More

Homily on the Second Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily on the Second Sunday of Saint Luke

Today is a blessed day for our Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, with this welcome of a new pastor for the community. We are glad for the past ministry of Father John, who has now embraced a fresh mission at Saint Paraskevi in Greenlawn. And we rejoice in the new promise for the future that Father Nikolas brings to the Cathedral on this Sunday. Read More

Homily on the First Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily on the First Sunday of Saint Luke

The real teaching is not in the words that we do not hear, but in the Lord’s challenge to take action – to move from mere consideration of words to a genuine response to the meaning of those words. Not much different from our experience right here, right now. Read More

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