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OCMC News - OCMC Celebrates the Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 6/26/2019)

OCMC News - OCMC Celebrates the Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presides for the first time as Archbishop at the Archiepiscopal and Synodical Divine Liturgy with all the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod. Photo: John Mindala

This past Saturday, June 22, 2019, we were blessed to celebrate the enthronement of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Our Executive Director, Fr. Martin Ritsi, represented OCMC at the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City on Sunday.

In his enthronement address, Archbishop Elpidophoros observed that his commission had taken place on May 11th - the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodios, Apostles to the Slavs. He made a beautiful connection between their life work and the principle commitment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to an ecumenical worldview and mission. He also recalled learning the importance of building bridges and creating relationships from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. “Such connections are precisely what the church is all about,” he reflected.

Indeed, the sentiments of Archbishop Elpidophoros’ enthronement address are not only what the Church is all about, but also more specifically, what OCMC is all about. For this, it was especially a great blessing for us to have Fr. Martin participate in his enthronement. We look forward to all that Archbishop Elpidophoros will bring to the Church, our continued prayers are with him, and we are very excited to support him and work with him in his ministries and endeavors.

Axios! He is worthy!

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