HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Sunday Divine Liturgy 47th Annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival

My Beloved Brother in Christ, Metropolitan Gerasimos,

Your Grace and Reverend Fathers,

Beloved Children in the Lord,

We read in the Old Testament, in the Second Book of Samuel, that when King David brought up the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, that he:  … danced before the Lord with all his might.[1]

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Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral

Seeing your shining faces this morning, as we celebrate together Greek Letters and the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, brings a song to my heart. I look upon all of you, and I see what the Lord Jesus meant when He said (and as we read in today’s Gospel): “You are the light of the world.”*

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Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the Day of Greek Letters

Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and entirety of the Christ-loving Plenitude of the Sacred Archdiocese of America:

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Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Metropolis of Atlanta Hellenic Dance Festival January 14, 2024

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Metropolis of Atlanta Hellenic Dance Festival January 14, 2024

What a joy it is for me to join all of you for the Hellenic Dance Festival of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta. These cultural celebrations that take place across the Archdiocese are especially rewarding to see, because they bring so many of you – or young people – together in fellowship.

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REMARKS  By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  At the Clergy Family Luncheon of the Hellenic Dance Festival 2024

REMARKS By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Clergy Family Luncheon of the Hellenic Dance Festival 2024

Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers,

Dear Presvyteres and Beloved Children,

It is a delight to be with you at the Clergy Family Luncheon of the Hellenic Dance Festival of the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta. I am always impressed at the number of clergy and their families who attend the Dance Festivals throughout our Sacred Archdiocese. It tells me that these occasions have become deeply woven into your Parishes, and that these cultural events are woven into the fabric of the Church.

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Mothballs and Memories

Mothballs and Memories

What does the phrase “eternal memory” mean really, for us mere mortals? This question begs at me much now that I am in my sixth decade of life and have witnessed so many lovely souls pass on to the next life. My sweet grandmother passed away on Theophany 5 years ago. She is in my thoughts at times, but I must admit not at all times - thus her memory is certainly not eternally in my small mind. There are moments when my heart throbs with ache for her embrace. There are also many moments when I mostly, admittedly, forget about her.

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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily for the Sunday before Theophany December 31, 2023 Saint Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily for the Sunday before Theophany December 31, 2023 Saint Gerasimos Greek Orthodox Church

I am so very pleased to spend this last day of 2023, and this last Sunday – New Year’s Eve – worshipping with you, the faithful members of Saint Gerasimos.

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Archepiscopal Encyclical on the New Year 2024

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the New Year 2024

On this first day of the New Year of 2024, let us embrace the newness in Christ, which He has appointed for our renewal and salvation. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are, in fact, new creations! And that whatever has transpired is beyond us, forgiven and even forgotten. For every new year — whether this civil one, or the Ecclesiastical New Year on September 1 — is a call and opportunity to begin again. Why? Because in Christ, “everything is new.”

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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve (Chorostasia) Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior Rye, New York

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Eve (Chorostasia) Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior Rye, New York

Today is Christmas Eve! And in the hymns of Great Vespers, there is this lovely idiomelon, which goes:

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Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  At the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral

I am delighted to be with you for the Divine Liturgy, on this Sunday before Christmas, when we read and remember the genealogies of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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