Tuesday, April 16, 2024

    Archbishop of America: The Theotokos is truly our “unwavering tower” and “impenetrable wall”

    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America issued an Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and the Celebration of Greek Independence Day.

    That’s according to Orthodox Times.

    In his speech, the Archbishop of America stressed “The Theotokos is truly our “unwavering tower” and “impenetrable wall;” for she stands fast at the Throne of God in constant supplication for her People, the People of the Church, and the citizens of the coming Kingdom. She is the guarantor of our Faith; for she is the one who offered her humanity to God, so that God, in turn, could offer His Divinity to us. She manifests that each of us has a place in the work of salvation, for through her, we are consubstantial with the Son of God in His humanity, just as He is consubstantial with the Father and the Spirit in divinity”.

    The address focuses on the Theotokos’s role as a role model of true freedom and guarantor of faith.  The Archbishop honors the sacrifices of the fighters for freedom in 1821, and reminds believers to never take liberty for granted and remember what it takes to preserve freedoms.

    The address urges believers to turn to the Theotocos for spiritual protection and calls for determination and responsibility to pursue democracy and therefore honor the gift of freedom.