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Source: Greek City Times by GCT The Great Church of Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia, is a living monument to the glory of our Orthodox Christian Faith and a visible symbol of all that is best in the worship and liturgy of our Church,” said Archbishop Elpidophoros of America in the Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia. He added, “Its seizure and second conversion to use as a mosque, on July 24, 2020, is a day of mourning for all Orthodox Christian People, as well as for all people of religious conviction.” “Three years later, we continue to…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The National Herald publishes here the fourth and final part of the confidential report from the meeting of hierarchs of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of  America with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. This article features what Metropolitan of Chalcedon Emmanuel and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said. The report contains the following: “Next, Metropolitan Chalcedon took the floor, emphasizing the need to build a spirit of mutual trust between the Archbishop of America and the members of the Eparchial Synod, and in no case should [people] be given…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Throughout the Archdiocese, there are new parishes in need of liturgical items such as censers, chalice sets, baptismal fonts, kouvouklia, and more. There are also many established parishes that have several of these items, some of which are never used. The Department of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism is working with the parishes to match up those that have with those that need in order to provide these basic liturgical items for only the cost of delivery. Items Needed See a listing of the items needed at parishes and missions of the Archdiocese Items…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America On Tuesday, July 25, 2023, with the blessings of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Grace Bishop-elect Theophan of Philomelion was ordained to the episcopacy during the Divine Liturgy presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint George, at the Phanar. In his address, Archbishop Elpidophoros stated: “You, Bishop-Elect Theophan, are called to bring to your ministry in America the same ‘trans-national and spiritual force’ that His All-Holiness speaks of, to minister to the faithful over whom you shall preside in love. You have been elected to…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate convened today, July 24, 2023, and elected His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia as Metropolitan of New Jersey. In the wake of this consequential decision, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America shared the following reflections: “With profound joy, I extend my fervent congratulations to His Eminence Apostolos on his election to the seat of the Metropolitan of New Jersey. I pray that our Lord grants him wisdom and abundant blessings as he assumes the sacred duties entrusted to him by our Church. The Metropolitan has devotedly served…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The clergy and laity of the Metropolis of Chicago expressed their opposition to the Charter proposed and distributed by Archbishop Elpidophoros in person during their recent meeting on Friday, July 7, 2023. He called the meeting to express his thoughts on a new Charter for the Archdiocese of America, referring to them as “his personal” points of view, as he characteristically said. Specifically, at the meeting that took place at the Saints Peter and Paul parish in Chicago, there were about seventy priests from the communities of all the states that…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – In this article, The National Herald exclusively reveals part of the confidential report of what was said and discussed during the meeting at the Phanar between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the metropolitans who are members of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of America, including Archbishop Elpidophoros, on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, on the issue of the Archdiocesan Charter. The report consists of twelve pages, is dated May 29, 2023, and is signed by Archimandrite Aetius, Ecclesiarch and Director of the Patriarchal Office. Today we are publishing some sections of the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Prot. No. 178/2023 July 4th, 2023 Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, the Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, the Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and the entirety of the Christ-named Plenitude of the Holy Archdiocese of America: My beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, … and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (II Corinthians 3:17) The Fourth of July is a National Holiday…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America  Reverend Protopresbyter James C. Moulketis, former Vicar of the Northern Region of the Metropolis of New Jersey and former Chair of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, discusses the importance of moving beyond our borders to restore togetherness and unity in Church. Sharing his support for revising the GOA Charter, he also notes the importance of dialogue and collaboration for strengthening our ministries and care for one another. A retired US Navy Reserve Chaplain (Captain), Fr. Moulketis has served the Church for over 50 years. He has also previously chaired the Archdiocesan Benefits Committee.

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Meeting of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America participated in the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. His Eminence had the opportunity to brief the participants on the ongoing developments regarding the proposed revision of the Charter of the Archdiocese. His Eminence also proposed to the Holy and Sacred Synod that a Metropolitan be appointed as a hierarch for the current Metropolis of New Jersey. The Synod unanimously agreed. Under the existing charter, the hierarch with responsibility for the New Jersey Metropolis must…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, NY (June 27, 2023) — On Monday, June 26, 2023, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, made a historic visit to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center in New York. Speaker McCarthy is the most senior government official to visit the St. Nicholas National Shrine since its official opening on December 6, 2022. Speaker McCarthy was given a tour of Liberty Park and the newly constructed Church. The St. Nicholas National Shrine is a cenotaph that honors the memory of the 3,000…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has initiated a process to review and revise the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and has given its blessing to have the Archdiocese participate in that process.  The Charter defines the mission and function of the Archdiocese and sets the framework for its administrative structure. The review of the Charter, designed to assess our strengths and weaknesses, and to make revisions where appropriate, is a welcome sign of a healthy and dynamic institution. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has given its blessing to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros to…

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