New York.- (GreekNewsOnline)
Religious leaders and representatives of the Greek and U.S. governments and elected officials from both countries, along with other dignitaries are expected to be present at the enthronement of the new Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, to take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11 am at the Archbishop’s Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan (337 East 74th Street, NYC).
(Read the special insert of Greek News on the enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros)
Foreign Minister George Katrougalos and Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick will represent the Greek government and the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar the Trump administration. Greek Cypriot negotiator Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis will represent the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.
Archbishop Elpidophoros – the seventh consecutive leader of the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America since it was established in 1922 – was elected unanimously by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, on May 11, 2019.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has appointed as His Personal Representative for the Enthronement, Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany, who will enthrone the new Archbishop of America. Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick will represent the Greek government and the Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar the Trump administration. Greek Cypriot negotiator Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis will represent the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.
The Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros has attracted worldwide interest and it will be attended by many dignitaries from the political, diplomatic, academic and the business world, as well as religious leaders, community and organization representatives, and clergy and laity from around the country and around the world. The Service will be broadcast live and made available through satellite and the internet at www.goarch.org
The Enthronement ceremony will be followed by an Enthronement Luncheon at 1:30 p.m. at the New York Hilton Hotel (1335 Avenue of the Americas, NYC). More than 1,500 people from all over the United States are expected to attend.
Archbishop Elpidophoros will arrive at JFK airport, in the evening of Wed., June 19 and he is expected to address the many clergy and lay people who will be there to welcome him. Immediately after a private dinner is scheduled at his hotel with Geron Archbishop Demetrios former of America.
The next morning, Thurs., June 20, 2019 he will arrive at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and will be welcomed by the staff of the Archdiocese. His Eminence will then offer a Doxology service at the Archdiocese Chapel of Saint Paul, followed by a meeting with the Hierarchs, members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of America and the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese. The same evening, he will attend a reception and dinner with the Priests and Presvyteres of the Direct Archdiocesan District, the Hierarchs of the Archdiocese and the Patriarchal representatives.
On Friday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m., Archbishop Elpidophoros will hold a Press Conference at the Headquarters of the Archdiocese. Afterwards he will attend a welcome lunch in his honor with New York City Religious Leaders, hosted by Rabbi Arthur Schneier.
On Sunday, June 23, the day after the Enthronement, His Eminence will preside for the first time as Archbishop at the Hierarchal concelebration of the Divine Liturgy with all the Metropolitans, members of the Holy Eparchial Synod. The Orthros Service at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, will begin 8:30 a.m. and the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m., followed by an Agape reception at the adjacent Cathedral Center.
For enthronement related information visit: www.goarch.org/enthronement