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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February 18, 2024

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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January 30, 2024

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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January 15, 2024

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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January 1, 2024

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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December 25, 2023

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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December 24, 2023

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Eleftherios the Hieromartyr Saint Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Eleftherios the Hieromartyr Saint Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church

This remarkable Hieromartyr, and his holy mother, Anthia, exemplify the faith and fortitude of the early days of our Church, before the acceptance of our Faith in Christ by the Roman Empire. As many of you know, Saint Anthia had been a disciple of the Apostle Paul, during the days when he preached in Rome, before the great persecution by Nero.

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December 15, 2023

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Great Vespers of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Great Vespers of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church

What a joy to return to this magnificent church in Washington Heights to celebrate with you – the faithful of Saint Spyridon – the feast of your heavenly Patron and Protector.

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December 12, 2023

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Tenth Sunday of Saint Luke Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Bridgeport, Connecticut

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Tenth Sunday of Saint Luke Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Bridgeport, Connecticut

I am so very glad to join you for the observance of your One Hundred and Tenth Anniversary! We shall have more to say on this at the luncheon, but for now, let us all pause and give thanks to God for this wonderful milestone. Your parish is older than even the Archdiocese itself! You reflect a long and storied history of the worship of the Holy Trinity, for Whom your parish is named. In the spirit of this celebration today, it is “meet and right” that the last words of today’s Gospel reading are:

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December 11, 2023

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

Every time I come here to Ground Zero, and I pause to meditate on the sorrowful and tragic events that unfolded here on September 11, 2001, I look at this shining American Parthenon of Orthodoxy, and I give thanks for our prayerful, loving and compassionate presence.

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December 7, 2023

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Vespers of the Feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,

Tonight, we come together as the People of God, to celebrate the Victory of the People: Νικόλαος! Whom we praise as:

Ἱεραρχῶν τὴν καλλονήν, καὶ τῶν Πατέρων κλέος, τὴν βρύσιν τῶν θαυμάτων, καὶ τῶν πιστῶν ἀντιλήπτορα μέγιστον….

The adornment of hierarchs, the glory of the Fathers, the well-spring of miracles and great defender of the faithful….*

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December 6, 2023

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Golden Jubilee Saint Theodore Greek Orthodox Church

HOMILY By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Golden Jubilee Saint Theodore Greek Orthodox Church

Beloved sisters and brothers in the Lord,

Today, we celebrate your Jubilee of fifty years! Yesterday, we gathered in an Agape Feast of love and appreciation – to remember those who came before us, and to contemplate what the future will bring.

But now, we must look at the essence of what a Jubilee of fifty years truly means, and we find that meaning in the Old Testament, in the Book of Leviticus. The English word “Jubilee” means the sound of a ram’s horn, which was used to announce the Fiftieth Year.

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December 4, 2023

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Thirteenth Sunday of Saint Luke Saint Peter Greek Orthodox Church Bronx, New York

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Thirteenth Sunday of Saint Luke Saint Peter Greek Orthodox Church Bronx, New York

To stand with you today in prayer – especially in the aftermath of our National Feast of Thanksgiving – and to celebrate this Eucharist with you is a profound joy for me. For it is in the worship of the Church that we find our essential union with God and our unity with one another.

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November 26, 2023

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Ninth Sunday of Luke Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Norwalk, Connecticut

Homily By Archbishop Elpidophoros of America On the Ninth Sunday of Luke Saint George Greek Orthodox Church Norwalk, Connecticut

I am pleased to be with you again, here in your magnificent church dedicated to your heavenly patron, Saint George the Trophybearer. After the Divine Liturgy, we will have an opportunity to observe a twofold celebration: First, the inauguration and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Father Germanos Stavropoulos Community Center, and second: the Twenty-fifth anniversary of the spiritual tenure of your pastor, Protopresbyter Nicholas Dassouras. The confluence of these events is surely a cause of joy and happiness for everyone. And it speaks to the Scripture Reading from the Apostle Paul that was read we earlier, where he says:

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November 20, 2023

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint Elpidophoros Archdiocese Presbyters Council Clergy Retreat Phoenix, Arizona

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Great Vespers of Saint Elpidophoros Archdiocese Presbyters Council Clergy Retreat Phoenix, Arizona

Tonight we gather as a sacred fraternity, and I am deeply touched at all of your felicitations and well wishes for me, on this, the eve of my Nameday. Some of you have heard me tell the story before, how I received the name, “Elpidophoros” at my ordination to the Diaconate, from our Ecumenical Patriarch.

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November 2, 2023

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Divine Liturgy Archdiocese Presbyters Council Clergy Retreat Phoenix, AZ

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily at the Divine Liturgy Archdiocese Presbyters Council Clergy Retreat Phoenix, AZ

You see the Apostle and First-Called Disciple Saint Andrew handing the Book of the Gospels to this Apostle Stachys. The image conveys both the spiritual lineage of Saint Stachys and his Apostolic appointment and ordination to the episcopacy. The Holy Apostle Paul calls him, “Στάχυν τὸν ἀγαπητόν μου,” in his Epistle to the Romans, showing the engaged ministry of this first Bishop of what would become the City of Constantine.†

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November 1, 2023

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros At the Divine Liturgy Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral Oakland, California

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros At the Divine Liturgy Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral Oakland, California

In the Book of Exodus, it says the following about the People of God, and their sojourn out of Egypt toward the Promised Land:

The sons of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.*

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October 30, 2023

Homily By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of St. Demetrios the Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Steamer Astoria, NY

Homily By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of St. Demetrios the Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Steamer Astoria, NY

With this poetic exclamation, we began our hymns of praise last night to your Patron Saint, the Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer Demetrios. His Feast and name are praised around the world for all pious and Orthodox Christians. 

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October 26, 2023

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Great Vespers of Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer Saints Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Merrick, NY

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America At the Great Vespers of Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer Saints Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Merrick, NY

To be with you for the Great Vespers on the Feast of your Heavenly Patron, the Holy Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer Demetrios, is truly a great spiritual joy. Tonight, we honor the mighty captain of men who became an Angelic General through his bravery in spiritual combat that tested his heart, his mind, his faith, and his very flesh. Let us remember that in Thessaloniki – the city he ruled, and the city in which he was martyred – there was even a Μεγάλη Ἑβδομάδα for the Saint.

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October 26, 2023

Speech during the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of Saint Gerasimos October 20, 2023 Kefalonia, Greece

Speech during the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of Saint Gerasimos October 20, 2023 Kefalonia, Greece

Your Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrios of Kefallonia and Prelate of this God-saved eparchy hosting us today, Your Eminence, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Patra, pious Clergy, reverend Gerontissa, reverend nuns, Mr. Deputy, Mr. Regional Governor, Mr. Mayor, beloved people of God,

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October 21, 2023

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