Archbishop of Greece Tours Greek NY

Archbishop Ieronymos of Greece visited museums, churches and schools of importance to the the Greek diaspora during his visit to New York. (Photo via Greek News)

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece paid a seven-day visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which included a visit to New York that read like a guide of the city’s Greek communities and cultural centers, reports Greek News.

On Wednesday, before departing for Greece, His Beatitude, with Archbishop Demetrios and his entourage visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were received and guided through the tour by Ms. Brandie Ratliff, Research Associate with the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters. Ms. Ratliff led the tour through the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Byzantine Art and answered questions for the Archbishop and the other visitors. The tour continued with Ms. Kiki Karglou to the impressive main gallery of the Museum, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Gallery of Greek and Roman Art.

According to the article, on Tuesday, the community of Saints Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Brooklyn observed three celebrations, including the church’s feast day, the 100th anniversary of its founding, and the welcoming, for the first time, of the Primate of the Church of Greece.

When he arrived at the parish, Archbishop Ieronymos was met by children who greeted him in fluent Greek and offered flowers. It was a moving scene and experience that was repeated many times. His Beatitude took the time to greet each child individually as well as each parent and teacher at the entrance of the church.

Among the gifts and honors the priest received in Brooklyn was a miniature version of the Brooklyn Bridge delivered by a representative of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Archbishop Ieronymos also visited Ground Zero, where he saw the future site of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which will be rebuilt after being destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001. He also prayed for the victims of 9/11 and signed one of the building’s interior walls.

The article goes on to chronicle the priest’s stay in the city’s emblematic Greek neighborhood of Astoria in Queens, where he visited the headquarters of the Holy Archdiocese of America and officiated at a Doxology in the Archdiocesan Chapel of St. Paul. He also visited the community of St. Demetrios Cathedral.

First, the Archbishop prayed in the Church, and everyone chanted the apolytikion of Saint Demetrios. Following, he toured the School, which includes an elementary and secondary school, and is the only Greek American high school in America. In honor of Archbishop Ieronymos, the students presented a program of songs and traditional dances, which impressed His Beatitude and the members of the delegation. (…)

“We have come to a community, to a school, and we are deeply moved and delighted.  I will return to Greece, more Greek and a stronger Orthodox Christian, with greater optimism, greater hope, and with the assurance that all challenges will be overcome,” His Beatitude told reporters as he departed from the School.

Another stop reported in the article was the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan, for a celebration of the Divine Liturgy that was broadcast live by satellite to various outlets around the world. In the evening, the cathedral became the venue for a concert performed by the Archdiocesan Youth Choir and by the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir.

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