On Wednesday, September 9th at noon, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros will convene the largest Clergy-Laity Congress in the 98-year history of the Holy Archdiocese of America. Over 1100 delegates from coast to coast have registered for the event, an unprecedented number.

Although other in-person Congresses have been attended by more people, none to date has had this number of delegates who actually participate in the work of the Congress.Having just returned from the Phanar, the Archbishop stated:“If anyone doubts the vitality of the Greek Orthodox Church of America – particularly in this time of COVID, let them consider the historic registration for this first-ever Virtual Clergy-Laity Congress. I am very proud of our Parishes and their leadership around the country and the staff of the Archdiocese who have labored so intensively to make this 45th Congress possible.

Our theme, “…The Greatest of These is Love” (1 Cor. 13:13), is clearly manifest in the dedication and energy that is being poured into this most important gathering of our Ecclesia. Together, as the one Body of Christ, we face our many challenges are building a future that will brighter than ever for generations to come.”The 45th Greek Orthodox Archdiocese virtual Clergy-Laity Congress will take place over September 9th and 10th, concluding with the customary Plenary on the afternoon of the 10th.

Yesterday, Archbishop Elpidophoros convened the Holy Eparchial Synod via teleconference in order that it might be properly be briefed in advance of the upcoming Archdiocesan Executive Committee meeting and the 45th National Clergy Laity Congress. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America wished a blessed, productive and healthy New Ecclesiastical year and conveyed the heartfelt blessing and best wishes of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from the Sacred Center of Orthodoxy.

The Holy Eparchial Synod expressed sympathy to the people who have been devastated by the destructive fires in the Holy Metropolis of San Francisco through the person of the Metropolitan Gerasimos. Lastly, it was decided that the next regular meeting of the Eparchial Synod would convene on Monday, September 28th.

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