Archepiscopal Encyclical for Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, I ask for our entire Archdiocese to remember the “fathers” of our communities across the nation — that is, our very own clergy, who serve everyone so selflessly. This is our second year of recognizing the parish clergy of the Church on this special occasion. And the fact that it coincides with the feast of All Saints gives it even greater force, as we ourselves are all “called to be saints” as well (Romans 1:7). Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Feast of Pentecost

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Feast of Pentecost

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Today, my friends, we address the Holy Spirit most directly in our hymns and spiritual songs: Σῶσον ἡμᾶς, Παράκλητε ἀγαθέ, ψάλλοντάς σοι· Ἀλληλούϊα. Save us, O Good Paraclete, who chant to You, Alleluia! When we call the Holy Spirit, “Paraclete,” we call the Spirit by the same name that our Lord Jesus Christ used, when He told His disciples that we would ask His Father to send “another Παράκλητος” to be with them forever.[1] Read More

Homily of Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Great Vespers of the Ascension

Homily of Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Great Vespers of the Ascension

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Tonight, I rejoice in celebrating with you once again the glorious feast of our Lord’s Ascension, which is also the patronal feast of this wonderful parish. The Ascension of our Lord completes the great pendulum swing of the Word – the Logos of God. He descended through His Incarnation in the womb of the Virgin Mary. And tonight, we celebrate His ascent back into the Heavenly Kingdom of His Father – from which, as God, He was never truly separated. As it says in the Scripture, He is our “great high priest, Who is passed into the heavens.” [*] Read More

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday

My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers and sisters. (Acts 1:14) Read More

Homily of Archbishop Elpidophoros on the Sunday of the Blind Man

Homily of Archbishop Elpidophoros on the Sunday of the Blind Man

We have arrived at the last Sunday of the Forty Day celebration of our Lord and Savior’s Resurrection. These Forty Days, which come to a close later this week – on the feast of the Ascension – are the counterweight to the period of Holy and Great Lent. Indeed, we go from a Fast of Forty Days to a Feast of Forty Days! And through these weeks of the Pentecostarion, which take us all the way to Pentecost – the Fiftieth Day after Pascha – we have now arrived at the final Sunday, that of the Man Born Blind, or in Greek, τοῦ ἐκ γενετῆς Τυφλοῦ. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros HC/HC Graduation Benediction

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros HC/HC Graduation Benediction

Bless O Lord, our precious Σχολή and illumine the hearts and minds of the Students, Faculty, Administration, and most especially today’s Graduates, with the Light of the Resurrection. As these new alumni of Hellenic College and Holy Cross set out from the safe harbor of this School across the ocean of their lives, may the Holy Cross be their shining, guiding star, as it was for Saint Constantine. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros HC/HC Graduation Invocation

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros HC/HC Graduation Invocation

O Christ our God, Conqueror of Death and Captain of our Faith, bless us all, as we celebrate the commencement of ministry for the graduates of our beloved Hellenic College and Holy Cross. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros  Homily at Divine Liturgy for Ss. Constantine & Helen (May 21st)

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily at Divine Liturgy for Ss. Constantine & Helen (May 21st)

As we inaugurate this day of new beginnings for our proud graduates, it is indeed “meet and right” that we begin with the Divine Worship of God, here in our magnificent Chapel of the Holy Cross. Especially because this is the Feast of Saints Constantine and Helen, the Equals-to-the-Apostles! Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros HC/HC Board of Trustees Opening Prayer and Remarks

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros HC/HC Board of Trustees Opening Prayer and Remarks

Thank you all for your presence today, in these wonderful times of the first Graduation Exercises in three years! I want to congratulate you on two counts – but first, I want to, once again, emphasize the extraordinary leadership of this Institution by its President, George Cantonis. George, you are leading an amazing team to build up this School to a level not known for decades. Read More

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily at Great Vespers and Stavrophoria

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily at Great Vespers and Stavrophoria

Tonight, my beloved Christians, we join our celebrations for the Commencement of our prized Σχολἠ, to the Feast of the Equals-to-the-Apostles Saints Constantine and his Holy Mother, Helen. The former saw the fiery Cross in the heavens, and by the sign of this Cross, conquered in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

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