Boston, MA.- Photos: Dimitrios Panagos
On the evening of Friday, September 13, 2019 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided at the Hierarchal Great Vespers for the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross at the Chapel of Holy Cross of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Also present at the Vespers service were Metropolitan Methodios of Boston -President of Hellenic College Holy Cross, Bishop John of Worcester, and Bishop Ilias of Philomelion. At the conclusion of the the Vespers Service, His Eminence, together with the other Hierarchs, conducted the services of the Stavrophoria – for those seminarians entering their second year of studies and the Rassophoria for those seminarians entering their senior year at Holy Cross.
Notable in his remarks to the seminarians the Archbishop stated: “My beloved Seminarians: Today you will receive your own cross to wear and to cherish. Wear it with honor, with courage, with a sense of self-denial. Taking up the Cross, you accept the invitation to strive, to struggle, and to suffer for the sake of the Lord and His Church. And you also accept the call to take part in His triumph, and to have no other glory or boast or ambition in life, than the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Addressing the hierarchs who joined him at vespers Archbishop Elpidophoros expressed his thanks to Metropolitan Methodios stating: “As president of this sacred institution, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston has breathed new life into our school. For his inspired leadership we give thanksgiving and glory to God.”
Divine Liturgy for
the Feast of the
the Holy Cross
On Saturday, September 14, 2019 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided at the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross at the Chapel of Holy Cross of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Celebrating with him were His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, His Grace Bishop Ilias of Phiomelion, and other clergy who are part of the faculty of the School. Also, present in the altar was His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, president of Hellenic College Holy Cross.
During the Divine Liturgy Archbishop Elpidophoros ordained Rev. Dn. Philip Halikias to the Holy Priesthood. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy the Archbishop, before administering the antidoron, asked everyone present to follow him to the grave of Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory, which is located behind the Holy Cross Chapel. He asked everyone to join him in offering prayers for the repose of the soul of his predecessor – who was a visionary leader and the fruits of whose labors we enjoy to this day.
At the Annunciation
Cathedral of New England
On Sunday, September 15, 2019 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidoporos visited the Annunciation Cathedral of New England. The Archbishop was warmly greeted by the Dean of the Cathedral, Fr. Demetrios Tonias, the president of the parish council, Bob Badavas , and youth and parishioners of the parish. The Archbishop celebrated the Divine Liturgy together with Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, and clergy from the surrounding area.
The church was filled with faithful from throughout the Metropolis of Boston. Also present at the divine services was the Consulate General of Greece to Boston, Stratos Efthymiou. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy the president of the parish council presented the Archbishop with a bronze figure of the Cathedral as a token of his first pastoral visit to the Metropolis of Boston and the Annunciation Cathedral.
At The Philoxenia House
On Sunday, September 15, 2019 before starting the trip back to the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York Archbishop Elpidophoros, together with Metropolitan Methodios visited the Philoxenia House of the Metropolis of Boston. There they were able to spend time with families who currently reside at the home. The residents of the home shared with the Archbishop their love and gratitude to the Metropolis of Boston for providing them with a place to call home while they find themselves in Boston for medical treatments.
The patients shared with the Archbishop the hardships they face in regards to their health and treatments. He in turn offered words of comfort and encouragement, highlighting that we should always look to the Cross of Christ and draw strength from it – and gifted them all a small cross for them to wear.