Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Great and Holy Pascha April 24, 2022

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ descended alone to the Gates of Hades, He returned taking many spoils of His victory. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today, as we chant our hymn of “victory and thanksgiving,” we remember our sisters and brothers struggling in Ukraine at this very hour, who are under a brutal and inhuman attack by their neighbor, even their fellow Orthodox Christians. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Invasion of Ukraine

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Invasion of Ukraine

We find ourselves in deep pain and sorrow of soul over the horror that has ensued from the invasion of Ukraine. I do not say, “Russia,” because many thousands of the Russian People are protesting this unprovoked and unreasonable attack at risk to their own lives and freedom. This attack must be squarely set upon the shoulders of Vladimir Putin, who is risking global peace for his own selfish political agenda. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of  Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

This year — the Centennial year of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America — we pause to remember those who came before us, and honor the legacy of the pioneers of our Church in America. It seems only fitting, that on this Feast of the great and holy Patriarch Photios, we make special mention of the brave and stalwart πρωτοπόροι, whose voices brought the Faith of the Orthodox Christian Church to these shores. Read More

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

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

The Feast of the Saintly Three Hierarchs — Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom — is an occasion of the greatest joy in the Church. Together, as the hymn says, they stand as “pillars of the Faith,” much like those established in the Book of Revelation when the Lord says: “I will make the victor a pillar in the Temple of My God…. (3:12). Indeed, each of these great Hierarchs was victorious, triumphing over heresy and sophistry. They were the finest examples of the Wisdom of God, who establishes Her own pillars (cf. Proverbs 9:1) to edify the House of God. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the New Year

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the New Year

Let us greet the New Year of 2022, the centennial year of our Sacred Archdiocese of America, with the hope and faith that our renewal in Christ is at hand. We came through the past year with many accomplishments, despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic. The highlight of last year was surely the Apostolic Visit of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, but there were many other significant events as well. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord

As we gather across our Nation to celebrate Christmas — the quintessential and most sentimental religious holiday of the American People — we Orthodox Christians are called to an experiential participation with the Nativity of our Savior in Bethlehem of Judea. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Thanksgiving

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Thanksgiving

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we prepare to celebrate the National Day of Thanksgiving, our American holiday that calls us to the mindset of gratitude for all of God’s blessings in our lives and in our Country, I note with great satisfaction and thankfulness the recent Apostolic Visit of His All-Holiness our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Archangels

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Archangels

The presence of the Angels is ubiquitous, and as we are reminded by the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Hebrews. They appear when least expected. And they especially appear when they are welcomed. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian

Today, as we commemorate the patrons of our National Philoptochos, the Holy Unmercenary Saints Cosmas and Damian — whose feast we celebrate tomorrow, on the first of November — we have the blessing of the paternal presence in our land of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. All around the country, our Philoptochos Societies are dedicating their collections today for the needs and the support of the benevolent and philanthropic ministries of our Mother Church of Constantinople. Read More

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