June 12, 2022

Symbol of Faith - Part 2
The Father Almighty

- Fr. Gregory Edwards Ph.D - Dean -


Today in Orthodoxy we celebrate God's Spirit poured out on all flesh in the last days, Holy Pentecost. Father Gregory continues his series on the Creed, entitled Symbol of Faith, beginning with the line, "one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible." Orthodox Christians believe or trust in One God worshipped in three persons. This sermon examines the first person of the Trinity spoken of in the Creed, the Father Almighty. The Almighty or Pantocrator is the One who holds all things. In Ephesians 4:6 Saint Paul says there is one God and Father of us all, who is above all, and through all and in you all. In the mind of The Church, the invisible and visible are tied together. The Almighty is the creator of all things invisible first, heaven and the angels. The Creed also tells us He actively created the material world. God is one in three persons who holds all things in His hand, even the good and the bad. The Father is first among equals and governs the universe as the Pantocrator.



The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree

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Photography Credits: Beth Hontzas - Music: Presbytera Katerina Makiej





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The Rev. Fr. Gregory Edwards, Ph.D., was raised in Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Orthodox Church while studying for his Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies at Brown University. After completing a Master's Degree in the New Testament and early Christianity at Florida State University, he conducted doctoral studies in Greece at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, graduating summa cum laude in 2012. Ordained in 2007, he served parishes in Thessaloniki and Volos for 9 years. He and his wife Presvytera Pelagia lived in Greece from 2006-2016, where their four children were born. He has served as Assistant Professor of Missiology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in New York since 2014. Before coming to Birmingham in March 2019, Fr. Gregory served St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, FL from 2016-2019.