Archepiscopal Encyclical on the 2023 Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters

Beloved Brethren in Christ, The Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian, is also an anniversary to celebrate the learning, culture and language of Greece — what we call “Greek Letters.” The inscription cited above is adapted from the Panegyricus of the renowned rhetorician, Isocrates (436-338 BCE). Read More

Remarks For the National Philoptochos Board Affirmation of Office

Remarks For the National Philoptochos Board Affirmation of Office

For the National Philoptochos Board Affirmation of Office Read More

GREETING By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Archdiocesan District Clergy & Families Vasilopita Dinner

GREETING By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Archdiocesan District Clergy & Families Vasilopita Dinner

I am so happy to share this evening with you – the clergy and families of our Archdiocesan District – in order to celebrate our annual Vasilopita Dinner here in Rye. Even though January 1st has already passed, I still convey to all of you my warmest prayers and heartfelt wishes for a healthy, successful and spiritually prosperous New Year. Read More

Invocation At The Investiture of Michael Amiridis, President of the University of South Carolina

Invocation At The Investiture of Michael Amiridis, President of the University of South Carolina

We give thanks to You today for Your servant Michael, for his family and for the greater family of the University of South Carolina, over which he now presides. Read More

Remarks, Invocation, & Benediction at Celebratory Dinner on the Occasion of the Investiture of Michael Amiridis, President of the University of South Carolina

Remarks, Invocation, & Benediction at Celebratory Dinner on the Occasion of the Investiture of Michael Amiridis, President of the University of South Carolina

Before offering an invocation for this glorious occasion, kindly permit me a few moments to express the palpable pride and joy of the Greek Orthodox Community of America, for the ascension of our fellow-countryman – our πατριώτη, as we say in Greek – to this eminent service of President of the University of South Carolina. Read More

Remarks at the Doxology at Holy Trinity Church, Columbia, SC

Remarks at the Doxology at Holy Trinity Church, Columbia, SC

I cannot think of a more fitting occasion for my first Archpastoral visit to Columbia and this wonderful community of the Holy Trinity, than to share in the festivities around the investiture of our dear Michael Amiridis as President of the University South Carolina. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son Metropolis of Atlanta Hellenic Dance Festival

Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son Metropolis of Atlanta Hellenic Dance Festival

What a joy for me to join all of you for the Hellenic Dance Festival of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta. These cultural celebrations that take place across the Archdiocese are especially rewarding to see, because they bring so many of you – or young people – together in fellowship. Read More

Mothballs and Memories

Mothballs and Memories

What does the phrase “eternal memory” mean really, for us mere mortals? This question begs at me much now that I am in my sixth decade of life and have witnessed so many lovely souls pass on to the next life. My sweet grandmother passed away on Theophany 5 years ago. She is in my thoughts at times, but I must admit not at all times - thus her memory is certainly not eternally in my small mind. There are moments when my heart throbs with ache for her embrace. There are also many moments when I mostly, admittedly, forget about her. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after the Holy Theophany January 8, 2023

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday after the Holy Theophany January 8, 2023

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, I am so very happy to be with you today at this wonderful Saint John the Divine Parish. Let us remember that “Divine,” in this case, is an older English word for “Theologian, for your Parish is dedicated to the first of the great Three Theologians of our faith: Read More

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Immersion of the Precious Cross on the Feast of Theophany Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs, Florida January 6, 2023

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Immersion of the Precious Cross on the Feast of Theophany Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs, Florida January 6, 2023

My beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, Once again, we come to the Spring Bayou for our sacred tradition of the Immersion of the Holy and Precious Cross. The Cross enters the waters to sanctify the waters; to redeem the waters. Τo make of the bitter tastes of this world – which is called “Marah” in the Book of Exodus – a sweetness to surpass even the finest honey. Read More

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