Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Thanksgiving - 2022

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The wonderful American National Day of Thanksgiving is a moment when our entire society pauses, to give thanks to God for the blessings we have found in the New World. To acknowledge this connection to the Divine, President John F. Kennedy issued Proclamation 3560 on November 5, 1963, which said: “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God.” Read More

Homily at Divine Liturgy on the Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Homily at Divine Liturgy on the Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Beloved sisters and brothers in the Lord, I am so very happy to be with you for this Divine Liturgy, in which we also celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of your parish. Especially in this centennial year of our Sacred Archdiocese of America as the premier Eparchy in the Diaspora of the Holy Mother Church of Constantinople, I have been privileged to be present at a number of events for parishes that share this anniversary. And now, by the grace of God, and the intercessions of your Heavenly Patron, I have this wonderful opportunity today. Read More

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Holy Trinity Church (Egg Harbor, NJ)

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Holy Trinity Church (Egg Harbor, NJ)

Your Grace, beloved Brother in Christ, Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Dear Fathers and Brethren in the Lord, Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Tonight, we rejoice with renewed enthusiasm at this Great Vespers, because we are also celebrating the fortieth anniversary of your parish, which is dedicated to the Most Holy Name of the Holy Trinity. We commence here with prayer, and we will continue afterward in the church hall with a festive meal and celebration. Read More

Homily At the Great Vespers of the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom

Homily At the Great Vespers of the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom

Our Lord Jesus Christ did not utter the word “Τετέλεσται” from the Cross to signal an ending to His work of salvation. Rather, his final word, before He bowed His precious head and accepted death, was the sign of a commencement. For His perfect soul leapt from the Cross and descended into Hell itself to free the souls held there from ages past. And then, by His Glorious Resurrection, a new way of love, forgiveness, mercy, and peace was revealed for all humankind to traverse in freedom of spirit. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for National Philoptochos Sunday

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for National Philoptochos Sunday

We celebrate National Philoptochos Sunday on the day that we remember the parable of the “Good Samaritan,” when mercy and unconditional compassion are manifest as the highest Christian virtues. A stranger was robbed and wounded, left for dead. And another stranger, a Samaritan, changes the course of the man’s life. He refuses to pass by, as did the so-called religious figures in the parable. Read More

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church

It is a great joy to be here with you once again at this wonderful Archangel Michael Parish, particularly for the celebration of your Heavenly Patron and Protector. The tradition of dedicating a Church to the Prince of the Angels is very ancient indeed – dating back to Saint Constantine himself, the first Christian Emperor of Rome. Read More

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Seventh Sunday of Luke Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Seventh Sunday of Luke Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

My beloved sisters and brothers in the Lord, Fifty Years ago, this month of November, your elders came together to bring to reality the dream of a Greek Orthodox Church here in Toms River. You are the fruits of their labors, their sacrifices, and the living experience of their dream. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Archangels

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Archangels

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every year, on the 8th of November, as we celebrate the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels, Michael and Gabriel, together with all the ranks of the Bodiless Powers of Heaven, we remember our precious Archdiocesan Institution, Saint Michael’s Home. Although most of us will never see an Angel face to face before we pass from this life, we do often feel their presence. Read More

Homily at the Divine Liturgy, Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Warren, Ohio

Homily at the Divine Liturgy, Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Warren, Ohio

Nevertheless, in today’s Gospel reading – which is not a parable, as an for it never says that that Lord was using a parable – a different kind of banquet is described, with very different results. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros - Remarks at the Centennial Banquet of the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren, OH

Archbishop Elpidophoros - Remarks at the Centennial Banquet of the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren, OH

What a joy it is for me to be with you all here in Warren, as you celebrate the centennial observance of your parish. As you all know, this Community predates the Archdiocese itself by a few years. Read More

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