41st Annual Commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople

From left to right: Archon Perry Hamalis; Amalia Deligiannis, Archon Assistant; Archon Louis Laros; Archon Dr. George Bovis; Archon Honorable Jeffery G. Chronicles; Hellena K. Chrones, president of the Hellenic Society of Constantinople; Archon Thomas Kanelos; His Grace Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion; Archon National Secretary and Archon Regional Commander for Metro Chicago Gus M. Pablecas; Keynote Speaker Archon Dr. George Demacopoulos; Archon Robert Buehler; Archon Arthur Balourdos; Archon Theodore Septicemia; Archon Alexandre Gianaras; Archon Wesley Stinich; and Archon Costa Zografopoulos.

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Chicago, and the Hellenic Society of Constantinople hosted the 41st Annual Commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Schiller Park, Illinois .

Archon Dr. George Demacopoulos, historian of the Order of St. Andrew, was the keynote speaker for the event. In his presentation, “From 1453, to the ‘Third Rome’ to the invasion of Ukraine”, Archon Dr. Demacopoulos offered a large-scale historical overview, linking the Roman Empire (the First Rome) and the fall of Constantinople (the Second Rome) to the rhetorical assertion by some within the Russian Church that the Moscow Patriarchate is the Third Rome, the sole heir to genuine authority in the Orthodox Church. This overview placed the current crisis in Ukraine in an illuminating historical perspective and underscored how the current leadership of the Moscow Patriarchate is actively undermining the historical and canonical role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Keynote Speaker Archon Dr. George Demacopoulos

The annual commemoration of the fall of Constantinople recalls and raises awareness of the conquest of Constantinople, which took place on May 29, 1453. It was also the day that Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was converted from an Orthodox Christian church into a mosque, and marked the end of the Byzantine Empire, which had lasted nearly 1,100 years.