His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Great Vespers of Saint Gerasimos of Cephalonia

Tonight we have gathered in honor of your Heavenly Patron, the God-bearing Father Gerasimos, who hailed from Trikala in Peloponnesos. Before the Saint came to the island paradise of Cephalonia, where his relics are enshrined, he struggled mightily for Christ throughout the Orthodox world – in Constantinople, Mount Athos, Jerusalem, Mount Sinai, the deserts of Egypt, Antioch, Damascus, Zakynthos, and finally to the “New Jerusalem” he founded in Cephalonia and in his miraculous ministry. Read More

October 19, 2020

Homily on the Sunday of the Feast of the Holy Evangelist Luke

Homily on the Sunday of the Feast of the Holy Evangelist Luke

It has been said, “last but not least,” as this wonderful community of Saints Constantine and Helen does, indeed, now complete my visitations of all the Parishes of the Archdiocesan District. However, I would rather say, “I saved the best for last!” Read More

October 18, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  Homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

I am delighted to be with you today, on this Sunday of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. This last of the Ecumenical Councils, held in the year 787, was the council that affirmed the dignity, grace, and dogmatic validity of the Holy Icons. And somehow it seems fitting, that this last of the Ecumenical Councils took place in Nicaea, where the First Council was convened over four hundred years earlier. Read More

October 11, 2020

Homily on the Second Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily on the Second Sunday of Saint Luke

Today is a blessed day for our Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, with this welcome of a new pastor for the community. We are glad for the past ministry of Father John, who has now embraced a fresh mission at Saint Paraskevi in Greenlawn. And we rejoice in the new promise for the future that Father Nikolas brings to the Cathedral on this Sunday. Read More

October 4, 2020

Homily on the First Sunday of Saint Luke

Homily on the First Sunday of Saint Luke

The real teaching is not in the words that we do not hear, but in the Lord’s challenge to take action – to move from mere consideration of words to a genuine response to the meaning of those words. Not much different from our experience right here, right now. Read More

September 27, 2020

Address at the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Sotirios Michalatos

Address at the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Sotirios Michalatos

It is a natural passage for most deacons, but it is also a supernatural event. Today, the grace of the Holy Spirit comes upon you in a new and special way, in a way that brings you even deeper into the ministry of the Order of Melchizedek. Read More

September 26, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

I am truly delighted to be with you today, at this wonderful parish in New Britain, dedicated to the Τροπαιοφόρος and Great-Martyr George. On this Sunday after the Universal Exaltation of the Cross, when we continue to celebrate the “ὅπλον εἰρήνης ἀήττητον τρόπαιον,” “the weapon of peace, the invincible trophy,” the example of Saint George is especially meaningful. Read More

September 20, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Divine Liturgy of the Dormition

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Divine Liturgy of the Dormition

How wonderful it is to return to this blesséd church of the Hamptons and to celebrate with all of you, your glorious feast – the Holy Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary. Read More

August 15, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Great Vespers of the Dormition

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Great Vespers of the Dormition

But now we have arrived at the Feast itself, and I am deeply gratified to be here at Κοίμησις τῆς Θεοτόκου in Brooklyn, for this annual celebration of the life that shines forth from death. In these days of sickness and struggle, we all need this affirmation, and how beautiful it is that your parish is adorned as a garden, as a spiritual garden fragrant with devotion and Orthodox piety. Read More

August 14, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Service of Paraklesis

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Homily for the Service of Paraklesis

We have gathered this evening to present to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary our Paraklesis. Through our petitions, our invocations, and our fervent prayers, we beseech the Most Holy Mother of God to receive our supplications and present them to Her Son and our God. Read More

August 12, 2020

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