Remarks at the Repatriation Celebratory Luncheon

We are gathered for this celebratory luncheon, because today is a day of great joy for all. Only yesterday, we were in the Queen of Cities, Constantinople with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Today, we find ourselves in Greece, at the home of the Manuscript whose journey has been a long one. Read More

September 29, 2022

Remarks Remarks at Dinner in Honor of the Repatriation of Gospel Manuscript 220

Remarks Remarks at Dinner in Honor of the Repatriation of Gospel Manuscript 220

We complete today’s monumental occasion with this festive agape meal, replete with the exhausted joy from so many commemorations, here in the refectory of Panagia Eikosiphoinissa Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery. It is meet and right that we close the day here, in the home of the of the Manuscript, a home that awaits the return of other lost children who were flung far and wide after the First World War’s ravages of this spiritual center. Read More

September 29, 2022

Remarks at the Official Repatriation Event of Gospel 220, in memoriam of Metropolitan Pavlos of Drama, Kozinitsa Monastery

Remarks at the Official Repatriation Event of Gospel 220, in memoriam of Metropolitan Pavlos of Drama, Kozinitsa Monastery

Today, this auspicious and joy-filled day, I have the privilege to represent our Spiritual Father, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew – in whose sacred presence we were graced these last days, for the purpose of receiving an extraordinary example of Christian love and responsibility. For today, the Holy Book of the Gospels, the manuscript once known as Kosinitza Manuscript 220, is being returned to its Monastic Home and Sanctuary. Read More

September 29, 2022

Remarks at Centennial Banquet, Saint Demetrios Community Center, Seattle

Remarks at Centennial Banquet, Saint Demetrios Community Center, Seattle

Given the coincidence, I look at the Saint Demetrios Parish here in Seattle as a microcosm of the Archdiocese. You are a Parish that is full of vibrancy and energy. Your liturgical schedule is lively. Your numbers – both of the stewardship ministries and Philoptochos – are impressive. Your activities for youth, seniors, and especially the fellowship groups – demonstrate a sincere and successful program of outreach to all the constituencies of the Parish. But above all of these marvelous aspects of Parish life, there is one thing that impresses me the most: the pairing of your Mission Statement and your Vision Statement. Read More

September 26, 2022

Greetings and Toast At the Luncheon Hosted by the Archons of the Throne, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

Greetings and Toast At the Luncheon Hosted by the Archons of the Throne, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

Anytime that I find myself in the company of the Order of Saint Andrew, our much beloved and deeply cherished body of Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate here in America, I feel tremendous pride and great happiness. As you know, the Archons are a special group of people in the life of the Church. By their very offikia, they take upon themselves duties and responsibilities to the Mother Church of Constantinople that are essential for Her health and prosperity. Read More

September 25, 2022

Address Following the Doxology Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle, Washington

Address Following the Doxology Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle, Washington

This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!* Indeed, what a joy it is for me personally to be here in Seattle, with the vibrant Greek Orthodox Communities of the American Northwest. Read More

September 24, 2022

Remarks by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations  Annual Testimonial Dinner Honoring Dr. Kyriakos A. Athanasiou

Remarks by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations Annual Testimonial Dinner Honoring Dr. Kyriakos A. Athanasiou

Tonight, the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations gathers together in celebration of its solidarity as a community, and with the desire to honor a fellow countryman with its highest honor. You are bestowing the Lifetime Achievement Award upon the Distinguished Professor Kyriakos A. Athanasiou – holder of the Henry Samueli Chair in Engineering at the University of California Irvine, and member of both the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Medicine. Read More

September 23, 2022

Remarks and Invocation At the Luncheon Offered by the Greek-American Community In Honor of His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic

Remarks and Invocation At the Luncheon Offered by the Greek-American Community In Honor of His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic

I know that I speak for everyone in this room, when I say that we are all so very pleased to have this opportunity to share the afternoon with you, especially in the very busy days of the United Nations General Assembly. Read More

September 21, 2022

Remarks at the Service of Agiasmos— The Greek-American Institute at Zoodochos Peghe

Remarks at the Service of Agiasmos— The Greek-American Institute at Zoodochos Peghe

I am delighted to be with you today, to help you commence this academic year with the Servie of Agiasmos, in order to sanctify and bless all of your efforts here at the wonderful Greek-American Institute at our precious Parish of Zoodochos Peghe. Read More

September 20, 2022

Benediction at the 57th Appeal of Conscience Annual Awards Virtual Event

Benediction at the 57th Appeal of Conscience Annual Awards Virtual Event

Let us close our fellowship this evening with a prayer – including a silent and respectful remembrance of the late Prime Minister Shinzo Ábe, last year’s World Statesman Awardee, who was cruelly and all too soon taken from us. Please bow your heads with me for a moment in honor of his soul. (Pause for ten seconds.) Read More

September 20, 2022

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