Representatives of the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate Congratulate Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on his Name Day

November 3, 2020

On November 2, the Church commemorated the following saints of the 4th century: the martyrs Elpidophoros, Akindinus, Pigasius, Anempodistus and Affonius of Persia. It is also the name day of the Primate of the Greek Archdiocese, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who led the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York dedicated to his heavenly patron.

His Eminence celebrated liturgy with hierarchs and clergy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Archpriest Alexander Belya, Rector of St. John the Forerunner & Baptist Cathedral in Brooklyn, represented the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate at the service.  Protodeacon Rostislav Zadorozhny and Deacon George Hero of the Brooklyn Cathedral also attended.

At the end of the service, Archpriest Alexander congratulated Archbishop Elpidophoros on his name day on behalf of the clergy and laity of the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate and wished him God’s help in his archpastorship of the Church in America.

The 29th anniversary of the enthronement of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was also celebrated that day.  He has the distinction of being the longest reigning Patriarch of Constantinople.  The Archbishop announced that His All-Holiness would be celebrating his 30th anniversary next year in America.