#WomensHistoryMonth Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

In gratitude for women’s contribution to the good of our world, on this #WomensHistoryMonth let's educate ourselves: women are the backbone of our parishes and deserve much more credit than they receive. Ι urge women of our Church to get more involved by taking leadership roles. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  Address at the Ordination to the Diaconate of Theodore Lyketsos

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Address at the Ordination to the Diaconate of Theodore Lyketsos

Is there any better Sunday to enter into the service of the Heavenly Father, than on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son? I think not! For this one parable basically encapsulates all Four Gospels in just a mere twenty-two verses. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros, Homily at the Divine Liturgy of the Publican and the Pharisee

Archbishop Elpidophoros, Homily at the Divine Liturgy of the Publican and the Pharisee

It is in a hymn of this morning’s Orthros service that for the first time this year we are introduced to the words “open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life…” reminding us that we are now in the period of Triodion – the season of awareness that leads to the Great Fast of the Holy Forty Days and the Pascha of our Lord. Read More

Homily: Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

Homily: Sunday of the Canaanite Woman

This visit to the Metropolis of Denver, with my beloved brother, Metropolitan Isaiah, and with the many clergy and faithful, has filled me with great hope and optimism for our Church. The past year has been perhaps the most difficult year in the hundred-year history of our Sacred Archdiocese. And yet, we persevere in our ministries, our fellowship and, above all, our worship. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at Great Vespers

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at Great Vespers

I am filled with a special spiritual joy this evening, worshipping with all of you here in this wonderful Church of Saint Catherine. Coming to the Metropolis of Denver is a very happy occasion for me – to be with my beloved venerable brother, Metropolitan Isaiah, the clergy, and to behold the life of our communities here in the West. Read More

Homily for the Sixteenth Sunday of Saint Matthew

Homily for the Sixteenth Sunday of Saint Matthew

I come among you this morning, here in our wonderful Cathedral in Brooklyn, with a very special feeling in my heart. The commemoration of the wonder-working Father of Lampsakos, the Holy Bishop Parthenios, holds deep meaning for this Parish. Read More

Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Our annual celebration of the great and holy Patriarch Photios is an occasion to remember the Saint who presided in love on the First Throne of Orthodoxy, and whose mission to bring the Faith of Christ to the world was one of the most ambitious and successful in history. Read More

Address on Ordination to the Diaconate of Panayiotis Steele

Address on Ordination to the Diaconate of Panayiotis Steele

Today the Heavens are ablaze with the glory of the present Feast – the Meeting, the Encounter, the Ὑπαπαντή. The Lord of the Universe humbled Himself to be presented in the Temple of the Law. The Word of God, seated upon the Throne of Heaven, together with the Father and the Spirit, and surrounded by an emerald rainbow,[*] is carried as an infant into a temple made by human hands. Read More

Address on Ordination to the Diaconate of Emanuel Tsarnas The Fifteenth Sunday of Saint Luke

Address on Ordination to the Diaconate of Emanuel Tsarnas The Fifteenth Sunday of Saint Luke

Indeed, your approach today to the Holy Office of Deacon is a noble work. And its holiness and honor is attested by the sacred nature of this very Liturgy. It is one of the three “steps” of the Holy Priesthood, and each step is a ministry unto itself. In fact, your desire to remain a Deacon is an affirmation of the completeness of the office of Deacon. Read More

Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters

Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters

The Day of Greek Letters is upon us, the Feast of the Holy Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, and Gregory the Theologian. This Feastday was designed to settle the disputes about who was the greatest of the three. And the answer is … they are all great! Read More

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