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

October 17, 2021

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

October 10, 2021

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

September 26, 2021

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

September 18, 2021

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

September 14, 2021

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

September 12, 2021

Homily for the Liturgy of the Dormition

Homily for the Liturgy of the Dormition

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What a glorious Feast we celebrate this day! We sing with the Angels of God: Ἐν τῇ Γεννήσει τὴν παρθενίαν ἐφύλαξας, ἐν τῇ Κοιμήσει τὸν κόσμον οὐ κατέλιπες Θεοτόκε. In giving Birth you preserved your virginity, and in Your Dormition you have not forsaken the world, O Theotokos. Read More

August 15, 2021

Homily for the Vespers of the Dormition

Homily for the Vespers of the Dormition

As I stand here tonight with all of you, under this magnificent dome, in this Church of exquisite beauty and deep theology, I cannot help but call to mind a verse from a Psalm of David. He speaks of the Mother God as the “daughter of the King.” Read More

August 14, 2021

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos - August 13, 2021

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos - August 13, 2021

I am always very moved with emotion when we arrive at the final Paraklesis Service for this sacred season of the Dormition Fast. And I am glad to be with you here in the beautiful Church, dedicated to our greatest military Saints, George the Trophy-bearer and Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer. Read More

August 13, 2021

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos, Aug. 4, 2021

Homily for the Service of the Paraklesis to the Theotokos, Aug. 4, 2021

I am so pleased to be worshipping with you this evening, especially during these Holy Days of Δεκαπενταύγουστος. This sanctified season in the liturgical life of the Church affords us a pause from the mere recreation of Summer. I Read More

August 4, 2021

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