BROWN-NOSING BARTHOLOMEW: America's Top Greek Archbishop Claims Patriarch is Like a Saint

After Patriarch Bartholomew embraced a schismatic "church" and began persecuting the actual Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Archbishop Eldipophoros (America's top bishop in the Greek Orthodox Church) responded, claiming that the Istanbul Patriarch is a worthy successor to Saint Photios and a “front-line defender of Orthodoxy" . . .

Originally appeared at: Orthodox Times

Editor's note: The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is a church administered by Ukrainians for the peoples of Ukraine, there is no outside interference. It maintains communion with the Moscow Patriarchate and operates as an autonomous Church. In fact, the canonical Church has more independence than the purported “autocephalous church” under Constantinople. It is probable that one of the goals of the “Tomos,” given to the schismatics, is to break this spiritual unity. Contrary to the EP's claim that “the decisive factor that forced the Ecumenical Patriarchate to give autocephaly to Ukraine was the healing of the schism and the restoration of Church unity”, many reports made clear that it has caused greater damage and increased persecutions, it has fueled the already radical fires of extremist nationalism in Ukraine, it has been used as a justification to seize properties and carry out violence.


In an encyclical issued for the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America commemorates Saint Photios “who presided in love on the First Throne of Orthodoxy, and whose mission to bring the Faith of Christ to the world was one of the most ambitious and successful in history.” He added: “The Slavic Peoples are forever in debt to him for his vision, courage, and persistence to share the great Light of Christ with all the peoples who were sitting in darkness and in the regions of the shadow of death.”

In the encyclical, the Archbishop praised the work carried out by the current Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, whom he described as a most worthy successor to the Saintly Photios and a “front-line defender of Orthodoxy,” like his holy predecessor, such as “restoring millions of pious Ukrainians to the fullness of Orthodoxy, by his bold and visionary granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.”

In conclusion, the Archbishop said that the feast of Saint Photios is of great importance because of the mission of the National Saint Photios Shrine, that is, “the sacrifices and courage of the pioneers, all those who came before us bearing their Faith and Culture in their bosom.”

“Let us glorify God Who grants to the Church such ‘front line defenders of Orthodoxy,’ that we may ever be strengthened to share the Gospel of our Lord, and the treasures of our ancestors,” concluded Archbishop Elpidophoros.

Read the full Encyclical on the Feast of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople:

February 6, 2021

As a brilliant revelator of wisdom, you have been shown forth
as the front-line defender of Orthodoxy, O great Photios, adornment of the Fathers…
(Apolytikion of Saint Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople)

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America,

Beloved Brethren in the Lord,

Our annual celebration of the great and holy Patriarch Photios is an occasion to remember the Saint who presided in love on the First Throne of Orthodoxy, and whose mission to bring the Faith of Christ to the world was one of the most ambitious and successful in history. The Slavic Peoples are forever in debt to him for his vision, courage, and persistence to share the great Light of Christ with all the peoples who were sitting in darkness and in the regions of the shadow of death (cf. Matthew 4:16).

In our own day, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been shown forth as a most worthy successor to the Saintly Photios. For His All-Holiness led the way in restoring millions of pious Ukrainians to the fullness of Orthodoxy, by his bold and visionary granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. He teaches us that we must never stop sharing the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. And our Patriarch shows us that to be a “front-line defender of Orthodoxy,” like his holy predecessor, you must be as courageous as a lion, even as you are as innocent as the lamb.

Throughout our Holy Archdiocese, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Photios the Great by calling to mind the mission of our National Saint Photios Shrine, in St. Augustine, Florida. The Shrine reminds us of the sacrifices and courage of the πρωτοπόροι, all those who came before us bearing their Faith and Culture in their bosom. Regardless of our origin, we are the heirs of their legacy, and we all bear a responsibility to pass this glorious inheritance to future generations.

Therefore, let us support the work of the National Saint Photios Shrine, and glorify God Who grants to the Church such “front line defenders of Orthodoxy,” that we may ever be strengthened to share the Gospel of our Lord, and the treasures of our ancestors.
With paternal love in Christ Jesus,

† ELPIDOPHOROS
Archbishop of America

  • Shqip
  • العربية
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Italiano
  • Português
  • Русский
  • Español