Dear Brother Archons,
Thanksgiving 2019 is tomorrow, and once again we thank God for our worldwide spiritual father, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and for the leadership and inspiration he continues to provide from our Mother Church for Orthodox Christians worldwide, and for all people of goodwill.
We offer our gratitude to His All-Holiness for his appointment of our spiritual father in America, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who has been such a blessing to us in this country and whose ministry in America has been so impactful in such a short period of time. We are likewise grateful for their Eminences the Metropolitans of the Eparchial Synod, for their blessed ministries in the vineyard of the Lord, as well as for our dedicated parish priests across this great nation, who serve ceaselessly teaching The Word to their respective flocks. We give thanks to our beloved and dear Presbyteras who stand with their priest/husbands serving the needs of their parishes.
This is a time to reflect upon the bounties that our merciful and loving God has bestowed upon us: our Orthodox Christian Faith, our families, our ability to express and live out our faith freely and in peace.
As this Thanksgiving Day approaches, I am grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ for all of you, the members of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and for all your efforts in the past year to support and defend His All-Holiness, especially in regard to his wise and visionary decision to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
We are thankful for the religious freedom that we enjoy in the United States. We continue to pray that the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the embattled Christians of Turkey and the Middle East, as well as Christians everywhere in the world where they are facing horrific persecution today, will soon find relief from their trials.
Please join with me in prayer that Almighty God will continue to bless America and preserve her as a beacon of the freedom of religion worldwide, and that freedom of worship will soon be enjoyed by Christians around the world.
In the Service of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD