His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Service of Paraklesis

I am so very glad to be with you this evening, as we chant together the Service of Paraklesis, the Canon of Supplication to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. These services are part of our preparation for her glorious feast of the Dormition, which is approaching at the end of this week, together with the conclusion of our Fast. It seems to me most appropriate that this year the Dormition falls on a Saturday, the Sabbath, the Day of Rest. 2020 has been a difficult and challenging year for all of us. To have a spiritual respite from all that we have endured in this year’s Feast of the Κοίμησις, is both a gift and an opportunity. Read More

Encyclical of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  The Feast of the Holy Dormition, 2020

Encyclical of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America The Feast of the Holy Dormition, 2020

We, who are brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of one another, are therefore also the adopted children of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. She is truly our mother, and we all depend upon her, and bless her as did the nameless woman who lifted up her voice: “Blessed is the womb that gave birth to You, and the breasts that You suckled” (Luke 11:27). Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Homily for the Ninth Sunday of Matthew

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Ninth Sunday of Matthew

I am delighted to be with you today, especially as we draw near to the celebration of your community’s Feastday, the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. We are yet basking in the glow of the Feast of Transfiguration, which like the Κοίμησις of the Theotokos, is a foretaste of our own Resurrection from the dead. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Address at the Ordination to the Priesthood of   Archdeacon Eleftherios Constantine

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Address at the Ordination to the Priesthood of Archdeacon Eleftherios Constantine

As all ordinations to every rank of the one and holy Priesthood of Melchizedek – in which we share by the grace of the Holy Spirit – you receive this blessing bowing down before the Holy Altar, as human hands convey this Apostolic ministry. My beloved Archdeacon, always hold in your mind and heart the place where you receive this grace, for it is the the holy Τόπος from which every aspect of your priesthood emanates. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Homily for the Great Vespers of the Transfiguration

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Great Vespers of the Transfiguration

We have gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, which happened on Mount Tabor in the presence of His Disciples: Peter, Iakovos and John. The Three Gospels that record this miraculous event agree on most of the details, but they also differ. And in their difference we learn a valuable lesson, not about how to read the Scriptures literally, but how to understand their meaning. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Eighth Sunday of Matthew

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Eighth Sunday of Matthew

I am delighted to be with you today, especially in this period of the Δεκαπενταύγουστοthat leads to the celebration of your community’s Feastday, the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Homily for the Seventh Sunday of Matthew and Saint Paraskevi

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Seventh Sunday of Matthew and Saint Paraskevi

It is a joy to be with you today at this Temple and Shrine dedicated to the Great Virgin-Martyr Paraskevi, and especially on her feastday. We assemble as best we can in these days, when the pandemic has yet to abate in our land, and you all honor the Saint with your presence and prayerfulness today. We honor Saint Paraskevi as a Martyr who bore witness to Christ through unimaginable suffering. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Homily for the National Day of Mourning over Ἁγία Σοφία

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the National Day of Mourning over Ἁγία Σοφία

This day is a day, when grief and sorrow are mingled with faith and with hope. This day is a day, when our hymns to the Virgin Mother of God are chanted with urgency, as the very walls of our religious identity are being breached. This day is our National Day of Mourning, for the confiscation of our Ἁγία Σοφία and its sacred precincts. Those who seek to reduce the Great Church from a symbol of the highest aesthetic and spiritual achievement, to a token of tribal triumphalism will never triumph in the end! Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Homily for the Vespers of Saint Markella

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Vespers of Saint Markella

I am so very pleased to be with you tonight for the Vespers and celebration of your Matronal Saint, the Holy Markella of Chios. She is more than a martyr to purity and righteousness. She is more than an example of the miraculous mercies of God that testify to her saintliness. She is more than a beloved champion of the beloved people of Chios. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Homily for the Vespers of the Prophet Elias

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Vespers of the Prophet Elias

Tonight our hearts soar with the memory of the Prophet of fire and water, of wind and tempest, of heights of glory, and depths of despair. We speak of your Patron, who even to this very day has yet to experience a human death, for he was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind and chariot of fire. Read More

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