Remarks By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Doxology on the Occasion of the Visit to The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America By His Beatitude Theodoros II

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Your Beatitude – we all welcome You with much enthusiasm and great joy to the Sacred Archdiocese of America, and we give glory to God for Your extraordinary ministry on the Continent of Africa. Read More

Remarks at the Repatriation Celebratory Luncheon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archepiscopal Encyclical for the Commemoration of the Asia Minor Holocaust

Archepiscopal Encyclical for the Commemoration of the Asia Minor Holocaust

This month of September is replete with commemorations that define us as a People, even as they are hard to bear because of the loss and devastation. We just passed the twenty-first memorial of September Eleventh, and we are now upon the one hundredth anniversary of the Asia Minor Holocaust that cost so many lives and changed the face of the Greeks across the Hellespont in Pontos and the coasts of Asia Minor. Read More

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

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

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

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