Homily on the Thronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On this, the Thronal Feast of the Mother Church of Constantinople, when we recall the Apostolic foundation upon which the entire Great Church of Christ is built, we rejoice to behold a most worthy successor upon the Throne of this Patriarchal See, one worthy of the ministry of Andrew himself: His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Read More

Homily on the Thirteenth Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily on the Thirteenth Sunday of Saint Luke

“What is impossible with human beings, is possible with God!” What a message of hope in these difficult days! When we face a resurgence in the pandemic, and the days grow darker as we draw near to Christmas. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Christmas Fast

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Christmas Fast

As we enter more deeply into the Christmas Fast, we understand that this will be a holiday season unlike no other, I want to commend to all of you the words of the Lord written above. Our chief and principal responsibility as Christians is to our God and to the image of God that we find in other people. And this duty is love. Read More

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at Saint Matrona of Moscow Cathedral of Miami

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at Saint Matrona of Moscow Cathedral of Miami

It is a great joy to be with the clergy and faithful of the Slavic Vicariate, and especially to have the additional blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta joining us in prayer. Read More

Homily at the Liturgy for the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Homily at the Liturgy for the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple

Today we continue our spiritual journey on this most sacred day of the Entry of the Virgin into the Temple. I do not say the Temple of Solomon, for the First Temple of King Solomon was destroyed by Ναβουχοδονόσορ (Nebuchchadnezzar), six hundred years before the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical: Thanksgiving

Archiepiscopal Encyclical: Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks unto the Lord! Let us celebrate this National Day of Thanksgiving, a time when we remember that the opposite of scarcity is not abundance, but gratitude. Read More

Homily on the Eighth Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily on the Eighth Sunday of Saint Luke

On this Sunday of the Good Samaritan, I rejoice to be with all of you in this historic community. My visit to Oakland coincides with the ordination to the episcopacy of one most distinguished clergy of your Metropolis, Father Spencer Kezios – now Bishop Spyridon of Amastris. Yesterday in Belmont, at the Parish of the Holy Cross, we celebrated his elevation into the ministry of the High Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I feel blessed to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with all of you. Read More

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Spyridon of Amastris

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Spyridon of Amastris

My dear brother, today we gather in this Church of the Holy Cross, a Parish well known to you and served by your dear friend and collaborator, the late and ever-memorable Father Leonidas Contos. We gather before the Holy Cross of the Lord, the place par excellence of sacrificial love, to receive your offering of service in the Holy High Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read More

Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint John Chrysostom

Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint John Chrysostom

On this eve of the Feast of the Patron Saint of your Metropolis, the Holy and Golden-mouthed John Chrysostomos, Archbishop of Constantinople, I extend my warmest best wishes to you and to every soul within this God-saved Eparchy. As the Patriarchal Vicar, I rejoice to celebrate this feast with you, one so great that it was transferred to this day, so that it would not conflict with the actual day the blessed Saint reposed. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical: Inaugural National Philoptochos Sunday

Archiepiscopal Encyclical: Inaugural National Philoptochos Sunday

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has declared this Sunday to be the Inaugural National Philoptochos Sunday, to celebrate the rich legacy of this important organization of our Archdiocese. National Philoptochos Sunday will be celebrated every year to honor the thousands of women throughout our Archdiocese who are a part of this vibrant ministry. Read More

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