United States

Archbishop Elpidophoros Issues Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios

NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros issued an encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople, in which made reference to the granting of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. He wrote that “His All-Holiness led the way in restoring millions of pious Ukrainians to the fullness of Orthodoxy, by his bold and visionary granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.”

The entire encyclical has follows:

“As a brilliant revelator of wisdom, you have been shown forth

as the front-line defender of Orthodoxy, O great Photios, adornment of the Fathers…”

(Apolytikion of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople.)

Beloved Brethren in the Lord,

Our annual celebration of the great and holy Patriarch Photios is an occasion to remember the Saint who presided in love on the First Throne of Orthodoxy, and whose mission to bring the Faith of Christ to the world was one of the most ambitious and successful in history. The Slavic Peoples are forever in debt to him for his vision, courage, and persistence to share the great Light of Christ with all the peoples who were sitting in darkness and in the regions of the shadow of death (cf. Matthew 4:16).

In our own day, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been shown forth as a most worthy successor to the Saintly Photios. For His All-Holiness led the way in restoring millions of pious Ukrainians to the fullness of Orthodoxy, by his bold and visionary granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. He teaches us that we must never stop sharing the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. And our Patriarch shows us that to be a ‘front-line defender of Orthodoxy,’ like his holy predecessor, you must be as courageous as a lion, even as you are as innocent as the lamb.

Throughout our Holy Archdiocese, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Photios the Great by calling to mind the mission of our National Saint Photios Shrine, in St. Augustine, Florida. The Shrine reminds us of the sacrifices and courage of the πρωτοπόροι, all those who came before us bearing their Faith and Culture in their bosom. Regardless of our origin, we are the heirs of their legacy, and we all bear a responsibility to pass this glorious inheritance to future generations.

Therefore, let us support the work of the National Saint Photios Shrine, and glorify God Who grants to the Church such ‘front line defenders of Orthodoxy,’ that we may ever be strengthened to share the Gospel of our Lord, and the treasures of our ancestors.”


VANCOUVER – For many years, Archbishop Sotirios has been visiting the devout Christians of British Columbia for the feasts of the Three Hierarchs and the Presentation of Christ.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Firefighters Seek to Corral Massive Texas Wildfires Before Weekend of Higher Temperatures and Winds

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — The explosive growth of the second-largest wildfire in Texas history slowed as winds and temperatures dipped but the massive blaze was still untamed and threatening more death and destruction.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fulfill Moscow’s goals in Ukraine and sternly warned the West against deeper involvement in the fighting, saying that such a move is fraught with the risk of a global nuclear conflict.

ATHENS - The greatest problem in Greece following the restoration of democracy in Greece is the missed opportunities, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday evening in a discussion at the "Metapolitefsi: 50 Years Later" conference, which focuses on the fifth-decade anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece.

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival Ministry of the Metropolis of San Francisco is dedicated, through Orthodox Christian Fellowship and committed leadership, to promoting, encouraging and perpetuating the Orthodox faith, Greek heritage and culture among individuals, families and communities by expressing it through folk dance, folk art, music and language.

NEW YORK – Greek-American Ellie Falaris Ganelin, gifted musician and Greek Chamber Music Project Director, announced a special replay of a concert to be broadcast on Leap Day, February 29.