Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Thanksgiving

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we prepare to celebrate the National Day of Thanksgiving, our American holiday that calls us to the mindset of gratitude for all of God’s blessings in our lives and in our Country, I note with great satisfaction and thankfulness the recent Apostolic Visit of His All-Holiness our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Archangels

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Archangels

The presence of the Angels is ubiquitous, and as we are reminded by the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Hebrews. They appear when least expected. And they especially appear when they are welcomed. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian

Today, as we commemorate the patrons of our National Philoptochos, the Holy Unmercenary Saints Cosmas and Damian — whose feast we celebrate tomorrow, on the first of November — we have the blessing of the paternal presence in our land of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. All around the country, our Philoptochos Societies are dedicating their collections today for the needs and the support of the benevolent and philanthropic ministries of our Mother Church of Constantinople. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Commemoration of OXI Day

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the Commemoration of OXI Day

There are still some alive in our communities who remember this time. They are fading with the years, so we must do all that we can to honor them, their heroism, and their sacrifice. That is why we commemorate OXI Day throughout our sacred Archdiocese, and we ask for our communities to celebrate the Doxology for the Day. 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

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia

One year ago today, the Great Church of Holy Wisdom, our Ἁγία Σοφία, was unnecessarily seized and given over to an alien purpose. This was a grim day for all people of good will and equanimity, because Hagia Sophia is much more than a sacred space. It is the vision and embodiment of the substance of our Orthodox Christian Faith. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Father’s Day

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, which auspiciously falls on Holy Pentecost, I am writing to every member of our Sacred Archdiocese, on behalf of a very special group of “fathers” in the Church — our clergy. Their dedication and devotion to the ministry of their flocks is worthy of every token of gratitude, but also of the support they merit for their years of service. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday

Finally, the day has arrived for the Church to dedicate a Sunday and celebrate all our Presvyteres throughout the Holy Archdiocese of America. This National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday — on the closest Sunday to June 4th, the Feastday of the Holy Sisters Mary and Martha — is being set aside, not because our Presvyteres deserve only one Sunday, but because we must have a national day of recognition for every Sunday, and indeed every day, that they so diligently and willingly serve the Body of Christ. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on AHEPA Sunday

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on AHEPA Sunday

I extend the warmest greetings and congratulations of the Holy Archdiocese of America to all of the honorable and beloved members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association on the occasion of our annual observance of AHEPA Sunday. Read More

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha

How far we have come since Easter of last year! Those were dark days, when our passing of the light of the Resurrection had to be virtual, even if no less heartfelt. But as we all know, it is always darkest before the dawn. Read More

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