New York, August 20, 2020
Archbishop Elpidophoros, the head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, offered the closing benediction for the third night of the Democratic National Convention last night.
In his prayer, the Archbishop prayed that God would shine His light upon Biden to serve well as president, and that we might be inspired to “fight against injustice, inequality, and hatred.”
The Greek Archdiocese previously awarded Biden with its Athenagoras Human Rights Award in 2015.
Abp. Elpidophoros said:
Greetings, I am Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Let us pray.
Most merciful and loving God, as we gather in soberness of mind and of heart for the sake of our nation and its future, we pray that You would shine the light of Your countenance upon the delegates of this convention, and upon Vice President Joe Biden for the highest office in the land.
As we face the future as one American nation, bring us to our best selves, and inspire our better angels in peace, in fairness, and in generosity, that we may fight against injustice, inequality, and hatred, that we may achieve a common good, a greater good, in the name of the Holy Trinity we pray. Amen.
View the Archbishop’s benediction in the video below, beginning at 2:20:29: