Homily for the Saturday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today, I witness the fruits of your extraordinary labors for the sake of our Lord and for your community. I behold the beauty and glory of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the rebuilding and reopening of this precious and historic community of Corona. Read More

Homily for the Divine Liturgy of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Divine Liturgy of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

“While you have the light, trust in the light, that you may become children of light.”[*] This beloved community of Holy Cross, Whitestone – this is the place where all of you are called to “become children of light.” Read More

Homily for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

I rejoice to be with you today, fresh from a spiritually enriching visit to our Holy Mother Church in Constantinople, and from the observances of 9/11 at our Saint Nicholas Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. I cannot help but note that in the aftermath of every September Eleventh commemoration, we arrive very soon at the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross is a milestone in every liturgical year of the Church, a marker where we can measure our journey of faith. The Ὕψωσις is a moment when we recall that our Lord Jesus Christ was raised up high upon a cross of death and shame, so that He could transform our sinfulness that leads to death, into the perfection of love and sacrifice that leads to eternal life. Read More

Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Indiction and First Day of the Ecclesiastical Year and the Day of Environmental Protection, 2021

Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Indiction and First Day of the Ecclesiastical Year and the Day of Environmental Protection, 2021

The Feast of the Indiction, the solemn day of prayers for the natural environment, finds once again humanity confronted with intense weather conditions due to mounting climate change, with devastating floods and fires across the globe, as well as with the Coronavirus pandemic and its socioeconomic consequences. Read More

Homily for the Liturgy of the Dormition

Homily for the Liturgy of the Dormition

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What a glorious Feast we celebrate this day! We sing with the Angels of God: Ἐν τῇ Γεννήσει τὴν παρθενίαν ἐφύλαξας, ἐν τῇ Κοιμήσει τὸν κόσμον οὐ κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε. In giving Birth you preserved your virginity, and in Your Dormition you have not forsaken the world, O Theotokos. Read More

Homily for the Vespers of the Dormition

Homily for the Vespers of the Dormition

As I stand here tonight with all of you, under this magnificent dome, in this Church of exquisite beauty and deep theology, I cannot help but call to mind a verse from a Psalm of David. He speaks of the Mother God as the “daughter of the King.” Read More

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos - August 13, 2021

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos - August 13, 2021

I am always very moved with emotion when we arrive at the final Paraklesis Service for this sacred season of the Dormition Fast. And I am glad to be with you here in the beautiful Church, dedicated to our greatest military Saints, George the Trophy-bearer and Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer. Read More

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos, Aug. 4, 2021

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos, Aug. 4, 2021

I am so pleased to be worshipping with you this evening, especially during these Holy Days of Δεκαπενταύγουστος. This sanctified season in the liturgical life of the Church affords us a pause from the mere recreation of Summer. I Read More

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos

We have now we arrived at our little Lent that precedes our Little Pascha for the All-Holy Virgin Mother of God. Throughout these days of the Holy Fast for her Dormition, we chant with fervor and love the Canon we know as the Paraklesis. Read More

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