The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco is pleased to announce the Archpastoral visit of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America to northern California from Sunday, February 26 through Thursday, March 2, 2023.

“It is a blessing and honor to have His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America in our midst as we begin our Lenten journey,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “There will be several opportunities for our faithful to receive the blessing of our Archbishop and Spiritual Father, and to join in prayer and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

The clergy and faithful of the Metropolis are invited to greet the Archbishop and receive his blessing at the following services and events:

Sunday, February 26, 2023

  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 616 Alhambra Street, Sacramento, CA.
    9:00 a.m. Orthros
    10:00 p.m. Archieratical Divine Liturgy
    Luncheon to follow (reservations required)
  • Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 9165 Peets Street, Elk Grove, CA.
    6:00 p.m. Vespers of Forgiveness
    Lenten Reception to follow

Monday, February 27, 2023

  • Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 Stone Canyon Drive, Roseville, CA.
    5:30 p.m. Holy Unction
    Lenten Reception to follow

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

  • Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Way, Oakland, CA
    6:00 p.m. Ninth Hour and Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
    Lenten Reception to follow

Thursday, March 2, 2023

  • Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA
    7:00 p.m. Meeting and dinner with parish ministry leaders (Clergy, Parish Council, Philoptochos, Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Music, Greek School, Dance, Festival, etc.). Parish ministry leaders are requested to register in advance.

During the visit to Sacramento of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, he will also have the opportunity to meet with Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis and other government officials who will officially welcome him to the state capital.

While in San Francisco, Archbishop Elpidophoros will also meet with His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.