Analysis: On the Occasion of the Name Day of Archbishop Elpidophoros

November 4, 2020

On Monday, November 2, Archbishop Elpidophoros celebrated his name day, on the feast day of the holy Saint Elpidophoros, who was martyred for his faith and love for Christ in the year 330 AD, together with four other martyrs, Akindynos, Afthonios, Pegasios, and Anempodistos.

In the 15 months that he has been at the helm of the Archdiocese of America,

Archbishop Elipidophoros has proven that he is able, that he has vision, that he dares and moves forward, and that he succeeds, as is clear from the resumption of construction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in Manhattan and the beginning of the purging of the Theological School. It is also clear from the structural interventions, as were expressed by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod around him on October 8, specifically the revocation of the charter, the removal of Metropolitan Evangelos from New Jersey and the punishment though suspension of Methodios of Boston.

The message was strong and clear that Elpidophoros came to America to do work. To save the Archdiocese from the erebus it was thrown into by Demetrios and his accomplices of all ranks, clergy and laity, and not be distracted by subversive activity and the creation of problematic situations by those who should have been his coworkers and supporters in the work of the reconstruction of the Church.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Phanar showed that they are not playing around. Yes, the Ecumenical Patriarch has proven with the well-known case of Demetrios here, and also elsewhere, that he has great reserves of magnanimity and patience, but at some point he sets a limit and says enough is enough and no more, and he did exactly that on October 8, and thus the message was received by others that no action will be tolerated that is directed against the path set by Elpidophoros.

What is really interesting regarding the interventions of October 8, which could be likened to a tsunami, it can be said – as we often say in Lesvos – that even a nose was opened. Indeed, there has been relief, generally speaking. The oft-mentioned autonomy and autocephaly are simply fantasies of ignorant people who are uneducated regarding Ecclesiology and Theology.

For fifteen months now, Elpidophoros has been pulling the Church and its institutions out of the rubble. Yes, that’s exactly what he is doing. That is why everyone’s eyes, hearts, and hopes are focused on him, because the entire Church and Omogenia realized that he is charting new paths and strategies. He has embraced the faithful and philanthropic people of the Greek-American community, who are collaborating well with him as the holy work of “the building of the Body of Christ,” that is, of the Church, proceeds. Of course it takes time, like-mindedness, cooperation, and support from everyone. After all, there is no room for failure, because Elpidophoros is the last hope for the Archdiocese of America – it’s as simple as that. And the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to select him for America was indeed wise, prudent, and very well considered.

That is why, upon his arrival, everyone rejoiced and celebrated, “all generations,” because he came from the City of Constantine, a spiritual father and leader, but at the same time as a friend and a brother, smiling and friendly, to heal wounds, to unite the divided, and to become the roadmap to the exaltation and revival of the Archdiocese and its Institutions. The work is heavy. The mission is difficult, but he, Elpidophoros –which mean bringer of hope – is a fighter and a young man like his celebrated saint, who was martyred for his faith and love of Christ.

One should not have the slightest doubt that Archbishop Elpidophoros has opened a new chapter in the history of the Archdiocese and the Omogenia. New roads and new horizons are opening up. The “old things must pass away” irrevocably and “everything must become new.” There is no other option, because the quagmire was deep and desperately threatening.

His success is inevitable, and it will be the success of the Church and our Omogenia. The beginning has been made; the Church has entered a trajectory of ascent, the one that it deserved. After all, it is composed of truly faithful, philanthropic, and good people, who know about volunteering and offering, virtues that distinguish the Hellenism of America. A Hellenism that deserves the best and the best people to be its leaders.

Archbishop Elpidophoros has our good wishes and prayers to continue his direction of our Church here with prudence and courage, and to lead it “from glory to glory.”


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