Speech of thanks to Archbishop Elpidophoros from V. Reverend Archimandrite George Nikas
Σεβασμιώτατε Ἅγιε Αμερικής, κ.κ. Ελπιδοφόρε,
ὡς εὖ παρέστητε!!
στην ε Salt Lake City in Utah, near Utah Yes. σεβασμία ὑμῶν ἀρχιερατική παρουσία μᾶς ἐμπνέει ποικιλοτρόπως καὶ μ ᾶ ς καθοδηγεῖ πρὸς τὰ Άνωθεν, καὶ μᾶς ἐνυσχύει ἐν σώματι καὶ πνεύματι, ὥστε οὔτως νὰ συνεχίσουμε τὸν τοῦ Παναγ Are you looking for a place to call home υ πίστεώς μας It is acts as a solution to your problem.
The SLC company is in Utah, Australia. ν ἀμπελώνα τοῦ Κυρίου, ξεχωρίζει διὰ τὴν βαθία του πίσυ η πρὸ τὸ ἔργο τῆς ἀποστολήν Αὐτῆ ς εἰς τὸν κόσμον ὁλόκληρον, τὸν ὑπερήφανον ἐναγκαλισμό του πρὸς τὰ ἤθη καὶ ἔθημα τοῦ ελληνικοῦ γένους καὶ τῆς ὁμογενείας, ἀλλά καὶ γι ὰ τὴν αἰσιόδ οξο προσέγγισή του σε θέματα ἀφοροῦν τὴν μελλοντική πορε ία τῆς Ό ρθοδόξου μας Ἐκκλησίας, μέσω τῆς δυναμικῆς καὶ πολυδιάστατης πα ροςσίας τῆς νεολαίας μας ἐν Ἀμερικῇ.
Σεβασμιώτατε, εὔχομαι ὃ,τι μέσω τῶν διαφόρων ἐπισκέψεών σας καὶ ἐπαφ ῶ . τὴν διηλθήσαν ἐβδομάδα, διαπιστώσατε τὸ γεγονός τῆς πλὴρους ἀφοσιώ σεως καὶ ἀγάπης τῶν πιστών τῆς περιοχῆς αὐτῆς πρὸς τὴν Ἱερᾶν Ἀρ χιεπισκοπήν Ἀμερικῆς . ρουσίαν, εὐ This is a solution to your problem.
It is is a product of SLC, ὅπως ἡ Σεβασμία σας μορφή ἐπιτύχῃ εἰς τό ὑψηλόν, πολυεύθυνον καί δυσ χερές αὐτῆς ἔργον, καὶ μετὰ τῆς βοηθείας τοῦ εν Τριάδι προσκυνούμ ει ου Θεού, νὰ αὐξάνη γιὰ νὰ ἔμ\πνευσήν της στὴν σταυρική της πορεία ἐκφράζη καὶ ὁμολογή τὸ σταυρικό φρόνημα Ἐκκλησίας, ποὺ ὁδηγε στὴν ἀναστάσιμον ζωήν.
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Your Eminence, Bishop Elpidophoros of America,
Beloved Reverend Presbyter Patrick O’Rourke and Brother Clergy,
Mr. George Karahalios, Chairman of the Parish Council and dedicated members of the Parish Council,
Mr. Nicolas Bapis, Archon of the Ecumenical Throne
Mr. Christos Mantas, winner of the Saint-Paul Medal
Mrs. Cathy Neofitos, Madam President of Sainte-Philothée Philoptochos and beloved members of the Fraternity,
Fervent Orthodox faithful from our historic parish and the greater Salt Lake Valley
Christ is in our midst!
This past week was indeed a truly historic week for our Salt Lake community and for Greek Orthodox faithful throughout the state of Utah, as we welcomed our Spiritual Father and Chief Shepherd, the Exarch of the Oceans Atlantic and Pacific, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros. of America. It has been over 20 years since the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America visited Salt Lake City – that hierarchical thirst has been quenched by Your Eminence, who, like Jacob’s Well, grants us refreshment and rejuvenation spiritual.
Your Eminence, it is a challenge to express not only my personal joy, but above all the collective jubilation and emotion of all our faithful stewards. We are extremely grateful that you took the time to visit us, break bread, exchange ideas, and bless us with your true archpastoral love and concern. The beautiful and great hierarchical Divine Liturgy that we have just celebrated was the culmination of a week which saw Your Eminence received with great enthusiasm, respect and pomp by the government and religious leaders as well as by the pure love and reverence of our young people and our faithful Orthodox Christians.
The Salt Lake City faithful have an extraordinary pioneer spirit. It ensured the survival of Orthodoxy and Hellenism in this Mecca of Mormonism. Moreover, this indomitable spirit is the catalyst that has propelled our community to become a shining beacon of Christian faith and devotion, blossoming into one of the most vibrant and significant parishes not only in the Holy Metropolis of Denver , but I dare say of the entire archdiocese. of America. I am convinced that Your Eminence has experienced this first hand during these last days and that we can be a reason why Your Eminence boasts of His spiritual children in the West Mountain.
As the local Spiritual Father charged with caring for this flock in this vineyard of our Lord, I could not be more proud or grateful for what I have inherited here from my predecessors. Please allow me a moment to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make this most historic visit a success. Although I cannot express my gratitude to everyone, I must highlight a few:
1. Brother Clergy and Communities for their support and prayers…
2. Leaders: Jim Fouskandrakis, John Lyhnakis, Dimitri Tsagaris, Dionysios Neofitos and everyone who helped
3. Decoration Committee: George Miller, Chyrsoula Lyhnakis and Elpitha Votsis and all those who helped
4. Maria Papadakis, our office secretary
5. Archon Nicholas and Dr. Elaine Bapis for organizing the welcome dinner and many events last week
6. George Karahalios, PC President and PC Members
7. Fr Patrick O’Rourke, vicar and beloved brother in Christ
Sevasmiotate, we hope that you enjoyed your substantial and unprecedented 6-day visit to our parish and that you will remember us in your prayers as you return to New York and resume your multiple responsibilities in leading this holy archdiocese, with the zeal and precision that distinguished your dynamic archpastoral ministry. We pray that you will especially remember us whenever you see the kalimata used for Diskopotira during today’s service – which we humbly present to Your Eminence as a gift of appreciation and deep respect – and that They will also become a catalyst for good memories of your visit to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Great Salt Lake – the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Church of the Prophet Elias. EIS POLLA ETI DESPOTA!!!