Archbishop Elpidophoros Celebrates Epiphany on Mount Athos, Leads Diverse Engagements in Greece

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Of America - 2020 Christmas Message

Mount Athos Beckons: A Spiritual Pilgrimage Begins

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, accompanied by forty pilgrims, embarks on a momentous journey to Mount Athos for the Feast of Epiphany on January 18, 2024. This sacred pilgrimage commences at the Holy Monastery of Xenophontos, where His Eminence will preside over the vigil and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, culminating in blessing the waters on January 19th.

A Touchstone of Faith: Visiting Philotheou and Beyond

The pilgrimage holds particular significance, as the group will visit the Holy Monastery of Philotheou on January 20th. This historic monastery served as the spiritual home of Geronda Ephraim before he journeyed to the United States to establish new monastic communities.

Engaging with Greece: A Tapestry of Meetings and Experiences

Beyond the spiritual dimension, Archbishop Elpidophoros's trip weaves a tapestry of diverse engagements across Greece. Upon returning to Thessaloniki on January 22nd, the itinerary includes visits to the new Metropolitan of Thessaloniki, His Eminence Philotheos, as well as key government officials and religious leaders.

Honouring History and Building Bridges: Interfaith Dialogue and Holocaust Remembrance

The Archbishop's schedule highlights interfaith dialogue and historical remembrance. He will be the keynote speaker at the National Day of Remembrance for the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust on January 28th, demonstrating the importance of shared memory and understanding.

A Celebration of Faith and Community: Witnessing Ordination and Tradition

The journey culminates in a joyous celebration on January 27th, as Archbishop Elpidophoros officiates the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Holy Church of Sts. Constantine and Helen of Ilioupolis, witnessing the ordination of Deacon Petros Gomez to the priesthood.

This carefully curated itinerary showcases Archbishop Elpidophoros's multifaceted role as a spiritual leader, diplomat, and community builder. His journey to Mount Athos is a testament to his deep faith, while his diverse engagements in Greece highlight his commitment to fostering connection and understanding.

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