Address for the International Religious Freedom Summit, 2021 “The Rising Tide of Religious Nationalism”

It is a great privilege to be with you today, and I want to express the appreciation of the Greek Orthodox Church of America – a province of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Mother Church of Eastern Christianity – for the exceptional work of the International Religious Freedom Summits. The partner and supporting entities bear witness to the inclusive and the comprehensive nature of the vision for human liberty and freedom of conscience we seek to enhance around the globe. Read More

July 16, 2021

Keynote Remarks at the Ecumenical Prayer Service Lamenting the Reconversion of Hagia Sophia

Keynote Remarks at the Ecumenical Prayer Service Lamenting the Reconversion of Hagia Sophia

I warmly greet you all this evening in the spirit of common lamentation, reconciliation, and witness as we honor, in prayer and thought, the magnificent cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, currently Istanbul. I pray that you and your families are all healthy and well as we continue to return to public life with the abatement of the pandemic. Read More

July 16, 2021

Remarks at the Nashville Proclamation of the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821

Remarks at the Nashville Proclamation of the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821

On behalf of the Greek-American Community of the United States of America, and all those who love Greece, I want to thank you and the Citizens of Nashville for this special commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. Read More

April 1, 2021

Invocation and Opening Remarks At The Maliotis Cultural Center

Invocation and Opening Remarks At The Maliotis Cultural Center

I want to congratulate and express my abiding gratitude to the Maliotis Cultural Center, our Hellenic College and Holy Cross, and The Dean C. and Zoë S. Pappas Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies of Stockton University, for offering us this remarkable and most significant exhibition entitled: “The Greek Revolution through American Eyes, 1821-1829.” Read More

April 1, 2021

#WomensHistoryMonth Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

#WomensHistoryMonth Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

In gratitude for women’s contribution to the good of our world, on this #WomensHistoryMonth let's educate ourselves: women are the backbone of our parishes and deserve much more credit than they receive. Ι urge women of our Church to get more involved by taking leadership roles. Read More

March 1, 2021

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros MLK Day Message 2021

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros MLK Day Message 2021

The wounds of centuries of slavery have not been fully overcome simply because there was a Civil War, or because there was Reconstruction, or when the Voting Rights Act was signed. Justice takes hard work over generations, and as Christians, we are called to that work. #MLKDay Read More

January 18, 2021

Christmas Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

Christmas Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

In these dark nights of Winter, the brightest Star that ever shone arises. It glimmers in our hearts to illumine the way the Nativity of God in the Flesh. May you know His presence shining in you like the Star, and may it guide you to a blessed and prosperous New Year. Read More

December 23, 2020

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Ioannis of Phocaea

Address at the Ordination of Bishop-Elect Ioannis of Phocaea

Today, we have assembled in this wonderful Parish of Saint George the Great-Martyr and Trophy-Bearer to bring you into the fullness of the ministry of the Great High Priest – our Lord Jesus Christ – and, together with our Brother Hierarchs, to elevate you to be the Bishop of Phocaea. Read More

December 19, 2020

Welcome of Archbishop Elpidophoros to Saint Thomas Church, NJ

Welcome of Archbishop Elpidophoros to Saint Thomas Church, NJ

It is with tremendous joy that we welcome You today to Saint Thomas, in this first historic visit of Your Eminence to our Parish. We all feel blessed and honored with Your presence, especially during these days of the pandemic, when we all feel distressed and anxious, not only because of the disease but mostly of the various effects that this brings to our lives. Read More

December 13, 2020

Thanksgiving Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

Thanksgiving Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

This Thanksgiving, we are facing a critical moment in the health of our country, but just as much, a critical moment in the health of our souls. Let us show our love for one another by protecting the living image of God that is each and every human being. #WearΑMask Read More

November 25, 2020

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