NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on the occasion of the Feast Day of the Synaxis of the of the Holy Archangels, in an encyclical message, praised the Saint Michael’s Home for the Aged in Yorkers New York. He wrote the following:
“Take care that you do not look down on any of these little ones, for I tell you that their Heavenly Angels forever behold the face of My Father Who is in Heaven. (Matthew 18:10).
“The Feast of the Holy Archangels – Η σύναξις τῶν Αρχιστρατήγων Μιχαὴλ καὶ Γαβριήλ – is a moment when the Church pauses to reflect on the spiritual realities that surround us. If you were to begin counting the number of Angels that are mentioned in the Holy Scripture, your powers of arithmetic would be severely challenged. Just one expression in the Book of Revelation (5:11), ‘ten thousands of ten thousands and thousands of thousands,’ gives a glimpse of a number beyond all counting.
“Therefore, when we think of our wonderful Archdiocesan Institution of Saint Michael’s Home, we think of angels, those members of our community whose lives may now be reduced in size, but not in content. They form a cohort of angelic faces whose service to our communities is remembered with love. Indeed, they are among the ‘little ones’ spoken of by our Lord, whose Angels are forever in the presence of God and behold His divine countenance. And the smiles of these elder members of our Church offer unto us a glimmer of that divine glory and joy.
“Saint Michael’s Home – founded in 1958 under the blessed leadership of the ever-memorable Archbishop Michael, is a growing and active institution of our Archdiocese that is most worthy of our support and our patronage. I pray that as you consider the miraculous presence of the Holy Angels in your lives on the present Feast, you will also consider giving a little miracle to those ‘angels in the flesh’ who dwell together in the loving community that we call Saint Michael’s Home.”