Highlights from the Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros (Vid)

Archbishop Elpidophoros, center left, and Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany, center right, walk toward the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for Elpidophoros' enthronement ceremony as the new archbishop for America as young girls throw flower petals, Saturday June 22, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julius Motal)

NEW YORK – The Enthronement of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros took place on Saturday, June 22 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The following video features excerpts from the enthronement and statements from various attendees including Fr. Alexander Karloutsos and Nick Andriotis, among others.


  1. A bit too much celebration for a church that has so many financial woes and investigations allegedly underway. And with allegations of millions of dollars not properly accounted for, that the only conviction is for some $60,000 – the church should be in a bit more somber mood.

    Next step is passing around the hat to Greek-American wealthy.

  2. The hierarchy has failed us, in fact, they have betrayed us, and sinned in ways that condemns their leadership of the Church and the sacredness in which they have cloaked themselves.

    Their leadership in the last 3 decades has been exposed as devoid of the Holy Spirit, of the shepherd’s love and courage, and even of just plain decency.

    They have shamelessly plundered and scandalized the church and the system that supports them needs to be dismantled.

  3. “It is the first time in history that a Turkish citizen is chosen as the archbishop of the United States. This has a significant importance for Turkey because the archbishop of the U.S. is the religious leader of all the Greek foundations in the United States. It means he also has a political impact. Therefore this is great opportunity for Turkey because someone who knows Turkey, who understands Turkey and who speaks Turkish is going to lead the Greek congregation in the U.S., the importance of this, is so obvious,” Lambriniadis told daily Hürriyet (Turkish newspaper) in an interview published on June 14, 2019.

    When asked where he felt he belonged to the most, Lambriniadis said, “Istanbul, of course!”

    “I am moving to the U.S., but I will be visiting Istanbul often, because my heart remains in Istanbul.”

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