Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Address at Priestly Ordination of Deacon Sophronios Vomend

Today, you increase the measure of your faith, and take on new responsibilities as a Presbyter of our Holy Orthodox Church. Anticipating your life of service and ministry, our great Spiritual Father, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, chose for you the name, “Sophronios.” You were called after the newly-glorified Saint Sophrony the Hagiorite, and your name bears great wisdom for you, as you ascend the ranks of the clergy. Read More

January 22, 2022

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Introduction & Prayer, March for Life Rally

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Introduction & Prayer, March for Life Rally

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Today, we come together in solidarity with our Brother Bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Read More

January 21, 2022

Eulogy for John Halecky, Jr., Archon Ekdikos

Eulogy for John Halecky, Jr., Archon Ekdikos

We commence this New Year with a profound loss — a loss to you, his beloved family, to our Ecumenical Patriarchate, to our Church here in America, and to the Order of Saint Andrew, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who are so well-represented here today. Read More

January 3, 2022

New Year Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

New Year Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

May 2022 truly be a year of the Grace of our Lord and a special blessing for us and the world around us, as we celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of our Sacred Archdiocese. A happy, safe and healthy New Year to all. Read More

December 31, 2021

Christmas 2021 Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Christmas 2021 Message from His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

This Christmas, let us celebrate these gifts, together with all of the other spiritual gifts that we receive from our Heavenly Father. He sent His Only-Begotten Son to be with us – beginning in the Cave in Bethlehem, but continuing in the cave of every human heart. And all we need to do is to humbly receive this gift, and then to practice sharing it and giving it away to others freely. Read More

December 23, 2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Greeting for the Cathedral School Christmas Concert

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Greeting for the Cathedral School Christmas Concert

I am very pleased to be with all of you this evening, and to listen to this special Christmas program. Tonight, our precious children join the ranks of the Angels; they lift praises to God and sing joy to the world. I have visited many communities in order to partake of such wonderful programs throughout this Christmas Season. But it is most special to be here – in our own Cathedral and spiritual home – so as to celebrate with all of you. Read More

December 22, 2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros Greetings to Northern New Jersey Christmas Show

Archbishop Elpidophoros Greetings to Northern New Jersey Christmas Show

In a very early Christian writing that is not found in the New Testament, called the Protevangelion of James – which is a source of some traditions of the Church – we hear a detail of the journey that is not usually mentioned in the stories of Christmas. Read More

December 22, 2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros Greetings at Archdiocese Christmas Open House

Archbishop Elpidophoros Greetings at Archdiocese Christmas Open House

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to our Sacred Archdiocesan Headquarters this evening for our annual Christmas Open House. We have gathered together – with a degree of caution and being as careful as possible – to affirm our faith in the spirit of the season, as well as our hopes for the future. Read More

December 21, 2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Closing Remarks to the Annual Cathedral Christmas Concert

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Closing Remarks to the Annual Cathedral Christmas Concert

What joyous sounds have filled our ears, our minds, our hearts and our imaginations this wonderful evening. I want to congratulate Maestro Costas Tsourakis, the Cathedral Music Director, and all of the musicians and singers, for a truly inspirational performance. Read More

December 18, 2021

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Greetings to the Washington/Baltimore Area Christmas Show

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Greetings to the Washington/Baltimore Area Christmas Show

Beloved Children in the Lord, I am so pleased to be with all of you this evening, and especially with the children. For there is no other holiday that brings out the child in all of us like the Feast of Christmas. Read More

December 18, 2021

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