NEW YORK – The Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of New York welcomed its new priests, a new Dean, Fr. Nicholas Karloutsos, and his assistant Fr. Sotiris Michalatos who was ordained two weeks ago. Archbishop Elpidophoros at the end of the Liturgy performed the installment of Fr. Karloutsos on Sunday, October 4. In his speech the Archbishop said among other things:
“My Dear Christians of the Cathedral Family, beloved Father Nikolas and Presvytera Meghan. Today is a blessed day for our Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, with this welcome of a new pastor for the community. We are glad for the past ministry of Father John, who has now embraced a fresh mission at Saint Paraskevi in Greenlawn. And we rejoice in the new promise for the future that Father Nikolas brings to the Cathedral on this Sunday.
“Today’s Epistle Reading from Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians reminds all of us of a most fundamental truth, of what it means to be a body of believers: ‘Brothers and Sisters, you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, ‘I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’”
The Archbishop went on to say that “even within this magnificent structure, under the gaze of the Pantokrator above, and adorned with the images of Heaven itself, it is we who are the Temple of the Living God. For as the Holy Gospel of Saint John – which we read on every Night of the Sacred Pascha – says: ‘And the Word – the Logos – became flesh and made His dwelling place within us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the Only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’
“In His becoming a human being for our sakes, He not only accomplished our salvation through His Cross and Resurrection, He established us as the Temple of the Living God. The fourth century Church Father, Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, summed up the meaning and purpose of this miracle in a single sentence: ‘For He became a human being, so that we might be made divine.’ Therefore, just as we receive the Body of Christ, we are made into the Body of Christ, the living Temple of God. And it is our entire life together – whether it is around this Altar at the holy Liturgy, or enjoying the fellowship and company with one another, or educating our children and ourselves in the Faith and in life – all of these are aspects of being the Temple of God.”