Homily at the Divine Liturgy Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Seattle, Washington

The Divine Liturgy is the final point in our arc of celebration for this Centennial Weekend. We come together as a community, and as more than what we can perceive with our senses. For in the Eucharist, when we ‘do this in remembrance of Him,’ we step into God’s time – His Kairos, the Eternal Now where all is present, and all is possible. Read More

September 25, 2022

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Saint Demetrios Church, Seattle

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Saint Demetrios Church, Seattle

I am so very happy to be sharing this celebratory centenary weekend with your parish, and with the wider Orthodox Community of Seattle. I must stress that your parish and the Archdiocese are the same age! One hundred years young – each one! Read More

September 25, 2022

Homily at the Κατάδυσις of the Precious Cross on the Sunday after the Exaltation (Ocean Grove, NJ)

Homily at the Κατάδυσις of the Precious Cross on the Sunday after the Exaltation (Ocean Grove, NJ)

This hallowed tradition of the Κατάδυσις of the Precious Cross, here in New Jersey, is a most venerable praxis, dating back seventy-five years, which is three quarters of the life of our Sacred Archdiocese. Instituted in Asbury Park in 1947, by the late Archbishop Athenagoras of North and South America, and later Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy Cross Celebration and Blessing of the Waters is truly a global event. Read More

September 18, 2022

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

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

August 7, 2022

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

August 6, 2022

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

August 5, 2022

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

August 2, 2022

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

July 31, 2022

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

July 25, 2022

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

July 19, 2022

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