On Sunday, April 28/May 11, 2014, the Sunday of the Paralytic the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America took place in the Cathedral of St. Markella in Astoria, NY.
Representing Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens and all Greece and the Holy Synod was His Eminence Gerontios of Piraeus and Salamis.
Metropolitan Vlasie and the Holy Synod of the Church of Romania were represented by Their Graces Bishops Iosif of Botoşani and Dionisie of Galaţi.
Metropolitan Agafangel and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad were represented by His Grace Archbishop Andronik of Syracuse and St. Nicholas.
Also concelebrating were their Eminences: Metropolitans Pavlos of America emeritus, Chrysostomos of Attica and Boeotia, and Moses of Toronto, and Their Graces Bishops Christodoulos of Theoupolis, and Auxentios of Photike as well as 22 priests, and eight deacons from all over America, Greece, and Romania.
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Metropolitan Demetrius' Enthronement speech in English
Metropolitan Demetrius' Enthronement speech in Greek
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