Archbishop of America: Let us cultivate a harvest of community service based on love and mercy
By Amelia Antzoulatos
“Innovating is more than a symbolic act. It is a step of deep conviction and a sign of hope for a better future. Especially in this centenary year of our Sacred Archdiocese, your leap of faith today is good bodes well for the next hundred years of our Church in America,” Bishop Elpidophoros of America said during the groundbreaking ceremony at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection – Brookville, NY, Sunday, May 8, 2022.
The Archdiocesan District community, which currently includes 460 families, ratified the project in the spring of 2018 to facilitate the ministry needs of the growing church, and the Archdiocese approved the plan earlier this year. Sunday’s groundbreaking marked the start of construction of a sports center, four classrooms for religious and Greek education, and the expansion of the hall.
“Our Church buildings and facilities are not just institutions. These are our homes, where we gather together as one family in Christ; where we grow as the Body of Christ; where we come together as the Church of God; and where we welcome others into our presence – with love, compassion, acceptance and understanding,” the Archbishop explained.
The inauguration immediately followed the Sunday of the Divine Liturgy of Myrrh-Bearing Women. Present with the Archbishop were the Presiding Priest of the Parish, Protopresbyter Panteleimon Papadopoulos, and Past Presiding Priest, Protopresbyter Andreas Vithoulkas, as well as Parish Council President Stephanie Clark and members of the Parish Council of the Holy Resurrection, the Society of Ladies Philoptochos, the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle. , Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, members of Leadership 100 and the Congregation of the Holy Resurrection.
Read below the speech of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
“Beloved in the Risen Lord,
Protopresbyter Panteleimon Papadopoulos,
Protopresbyter Andreas Vithoulkas,
President Clark and Members of the Parish Council,
Beloved Sisters of Philoptochos,
Esteemed Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,
Honored Members of Leadership 100,
Dear Parishioners of the Holy Resurrection,
Christ is risen!
What a wonderful afternoon to inaugurate this vital addition to the Church of the Holy Resurrection!
Sanding the earth is more than a symbolic act. It is a step of deep conviction and a sign of hope for a better future. Especially in this centenary year of our Sacred Archdiocese, your act of faith today bodes well for the next hundred years of our Church in America!
Like any farmer who plows the ground to plant the seeds that will grow and feed the world, you are planting seeds today that will bring in a harvest – as the Lord said, even a hundredfold.[*]
As Archbishop, I know you will water and nourish the seeds you sow with this innovation. For the seeds I see are the faces of the beloved people of this parish – young and old.
Our Church buildings and facilities are not mere institutions. These are our homes. Where we come together as one family in Christ. Where we grow as the Body of Christ. Where we come together as the Church of God. And where we welcome others into our presence – with love, compassion, acceptance and understanding.
Therefore, my dear friends,
Let’s cultivate this wonderful field here in Brookville, on New York’s Long Island. Let us cultivate a harvest of community service and ministry based on love and mercy. And let us always welcome strangers among us, and make them our friends.
Congratulations to all!
[*] See Luke 10:8.