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Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Sunday Dedicated to National Sisterhood of Presvyteres

NEW YORK – Archbishop Elpidophoros issued a encyclical in honor of presvyteres – priests’ wives – in which among other things he wrote that “the Presvyteres of our Church are wisdom-holders, ones whose contribution to the life of our parishes is truly indispensable. Many possess deep theological education, and all have the profound experiential knowledge of seeing the parish from a panoramic perspective, i.e., from the point of view of the minister and those ministered unto. The offerings of our Presvyteres to our communities are invaluable; for they manifest a perspective that is inherent in the Church through the Panagia and countless women Saints, but is sometimes diminished on account of the clergy. Together with all their sisters in the parishes, who assume roles from the Parish Council to the philanthropies of Philoptochos, our Presvyteres call the entire Body of the Faithful to see God’s activities and energies in persons, places and events, as they query along with Saint Photini, ‘Could this be the Christ?’”

The Archbishop concluded: “Therefore, let us listen with attention and respect to our Presvyteres, and benefit from the well-gained wisdom that they hold. Let us hold them in honor on this National Sisterhood of Presvyteres Sunday, thankful for their many and diverse contributions to the life of our Church.”

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