Homily By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy, August 7, 2022

I am so pleased to be with you today, especially because my travels to our Ecumenical Patriarchate and to Pontus, in order to celebrate the feast of the Dormition at Panagia Soumela with His All-Holiness, will keep me from you this year. Nevertheless, I will carry you and the whole Archdiocese in my heart, praying at this holy ground for the blessings and grace of the Virgin Mother to be with us all. Read More

Homily On the Feast of the Transfiguration &  The Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Alexandros Douvres, August 6, 2022

Homily On the Feast of the Transfiguration & The Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Alexandros Douvres, August 6, 2022

Today, you stand in the Holy House of your upbringing – the wonderful community of Zoodohos Peghe – in the presence of your family, friends, and your brothers and sisters in Christ. These are the days of the Virgin’s Fast and Feast – the Holy Dormition. But within these fifteen days lies the foretaste of glory of the human nature she gave to her Son and God. Read More

Homily  By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Great Vespers of the Transfiguration, August 5, 2022

Homily By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Great Vespers of the Transfiguration, August 5, 2022

I am so very pleased to return to this precious Transfiguration Parish of Corona for your feast, and for the celebration of your much beloved Proïstamenos, the Very Reverend Archimandrite Chrysostomos Panos. Read More

Homily by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Service of Paraklesis,  August 2, 2022

Homily by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Service of Paraklesis, August 2, 2022

Tonight, we gather to beseech our Mother – the Mother of the Lord – for healing in our bodies and souls. These Paraklesis Services are a gift to us during this Δεκαπενταύγουστο season. For they are an opportunity for us to open our hearts to the needs of others. Read More

Homily by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Service of Paraklesis, August 1, 2022

Homily by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Service of Paraklesis, August 1, 2022

I am so very pleased to be with you once again, as I was two years ago, during this Δεκαπενταύγουστο season. We commence this evening with our first Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. This little Lent that we encounter every year, leads to the little Pascha that we know as the Dormition of the Theotokos. The Church affords us the opportunity to celebrate another Easter, in the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, who passed over from death to life. Read More

Homily by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Seventh Sunday of Matthew, July 31, 2022

Homily by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Seventh Sunday of Matthew, July 31, 2022

This is the second time in just a matter of days that I am among you. Earlier in the week, I came to preside at the funeral of your dearly departed friend and son of this parish, Paul Melis. May his memory be eternal. Now, I return to pray with you, to worship with you, and to express to you my deep appreciation for this loving and devout community. Especially in times of loss, we must support each other. It is an essential Christian virtue that we recognize our interdependence – that we are all members of the one Body of Christ. When one suffers, all suffer. This is the literal meaning of “compassion,” that we are willing to empathize with one another. Read More

Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint Paraskevi

Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint Paraskevi

My beloved Christians, Tonight, we sang with unspeakable joy to the Great Virgin-Martyr: Παρασκευή, νύμφη τοῦ Παντάνακτος, σκεῦος τοῦ Πνεύματος. Paraskevi, bride of the King of All, and vessel of the Spirit.* As I look around and behold you – the faithful of this wonderful parish in Greenlawn, together with your sisters and brothers from around Long Island – I sense the spirit of elation and gladness that would accompany any wedding. Read More

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia-- July 24, 2022

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia-- July 24, 2022

Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, the Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, the Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and the entirety of the Christ-named Plenitude of the Holy Archdiocese of America: Read More

Homily at the Vespers of the Holy Prophet Elias, Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Yonkers, NY

Homily at the Vespers of the Holy Prophet Elias, Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Yonkers, NY

Tonight, I am so well pleased to be with this community in Yonkers, where you honor the Prophet who has no book in the Old Testament named after him, but is perhaps the best known in our Holy Orthodox Church. It seems that every mountaintop in Greece has a chapel dedicated to the Prophet Elias, your patron, whom we honor this evening at this Service of Great Vespers. Read More

Homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council and the 48th Commemoration of the Invasion of Cyprus

Homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council and the 48th Commemoration of the Invasion of Cyprus

come together this morning – in this Church of the Holy Cross – to remind ourselves of the sacrifice of others, of the lives that were lost, and the struggle that continues. I speak, of course, of our memorial and commemoration of the illegal invasion of Cyprus by Turkey that happened forty-eight years ago this coming week. Read More

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