Remarks for the Centennial St. George Greek Orthodox Church - Clifton, NJ

What a wonderful day to be present with you to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and the Centennial of this precious parish of Saint George the Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer. As you may know, today is the Sunday when we celebrate the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council – the Sacred Synod that confirmed the Church’s perennial teachings about the Holy Icons, their veneration and theological value. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for National Leadership 100 Sunday

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for National Leadership 100 Sunday

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for National Leadership 100 Sunday Read More

Homily for the Third Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily for the Third Sunday of Saint Luke

I rejoice to be with you today for many reasons. First, I always enjoy worshipping with the many Parishes of our Sacred Archdiocese, and to be able to see and hear from you personally. But during the coming week, our National Clergy Retreat will also take place here in sunny Naples, where we will have to the pleasure to be gathered in your wonderful city for fraternal fellowship and spiritual reflection. Read More

Sunday of the Translation (Repose) of Saint John the Theologian

Sunday of the Translation (Repose) of Saint John the Theologian

What a pleasure it is to worship with you today, here at this precious Chapel of the Three Hierarchs. This wonderful Byzantine Church helps to form the core of the Center for Hellenic Studies Paideia here at the University of Connecticut. Read More

Stewards of the Gospel

Stewards of the Gospel

We are called to guard the Gospel message, but not to hoard it. We are instructed not to hide our light under a bushel (Matthew 5:15). As Jesus Christ sends us to be His voice in a changing world, we must also remove impediments or perceived impediments to non-Orthodox inquirers that seek His Truth. What messages do we send out intentionally or unintentionally? What might cause the Gospel message to be ignored or misunderstood? Read More

Our Church. Our Spiritual Home

Our Church. Our Spiritual Home

Home is safe and familiar. It is where we belong. Our Orthodox Christian Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration. We are at home in the fragrance of incense, the sound of hymns and prayers, the physical touch of kneeling, bowing and making the sign of the cross, and the taste of Holy Communion and antidoron (the blessed bread). Read More

Homily for the Saturday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Saturday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today, I witness the fruits of your extraordinary labors for the sake of our Lord and for your community. I behold the beauty and glory of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the rebuilding and reopening of this precious and historic community of Corona. Read More

Homily for the Divine Liturgy of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Divine Liturgy of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

“While you have the light, trust in the light, that you may become children of light.”[*] This beloved community of Holy Cross, Whitestone – this is the place where all of you are called to “become children of light.” Read More

Homily for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

I rejoice to be with you today, fresh from a spiritually enriching visit to our Holy Mother Church in Constantinople, and from the observances of 9/11 at our Saint Nicholas Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. I cannot help but note that in the aftermath of every September Eleventh commemoration, we arrive very soon at the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross is a milestone in every liturgical year of the Church, a marker where we can measure our journey of faith. The Ὕψωσις is a moment when we recall that our Lord Jesus Christ was raised up high upon a cross of death and shame, so that He could transform our sinfulness that leads to death, into the perfection of love and sacrifice that leads to eternal life. Read More

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