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The Way of Prayer – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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  “If you [know how to] pray truely, then you are a theologian” Evagrius of Pontus (4th Century) The prayer of Orthodox Christians was primarily formed in the liturgy of the community rather than inside the walls of monasteries or in the hearts of individual saints. It is the liturgy that provided the regular expression and rhythmical pattern for adoration ... Read More »

On India and Buddhism – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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Patriarch Bartholomew speaks out on India and Buddhism: Behind the “New Age” movement one can also discern a rediscovery of India, and particularly of Buddhism. Many westerners today report that they find true serenity in Buddhism. They learn that there exists a dharma (to use the Sanskrit word), a path of salvation, a world order; one could even call it ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Contsantinople: Lenten Encyclical 2016

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CATECHETICAL HOMILY ON THE OCCASION OF HOLY AND GREAT LENT   † B A R T H O L O M E W  By the Mercy of God, Archbishop of Constantinople, New-Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch; To the Plenitude of the Church,  Grace and Peace  from Our Saviour Christ,  together with our prayer, blessing and forgiveness. Beloved and blessed brethren and children in ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople: Christmas Encyclical 2015

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  + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the plenitude of the Church Grace, mercy and peace from the newborn Savior Christ in Bethlehem Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, The sweetness of the holy night of Christmas once again embraces the world. In the midst of human toil and suffering, crisis and ... Read More »

Our great Church … in captivity

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ALEXANDER BILLINIS Forgive me for borrowing from the title of Byzantine historian Sir Steven Runciman’s inimitable book on the Patriarchate during the Ottoman era, but the term is apt, I fear, when describing today’s Ecumenical Patriarchate. As diaspora Greeks, we are under the jurisdiction of this ‘captive’ Patriarchate. While the Patriarchate’s state of thrall to the Turks is not the ... Read More »

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Holy and Great Lent

CATECHETICAL HOMILY For Holy and Great Lent + B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church: Grace and Peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ And Prayers, Blessings and Forgiveness from us “Behold, now is the favorable time, now is ... Read More »

ISN’T PASCHA A TIME FOR PEACE AND JOY? – WELL NOT FOR MIDDLE EASTERN CHRISTIANS!

PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS ‘MISTREATED’ BY ISRAEL AT EASTER CELEBRATIONS (Source: AlArabiya) Israel is causing “countless difficulties” for Palestinian Christians and Muslims to reach their holy sites, the Palestine Liberation Organization said late Saturday as Orthodox Christians held the “Holy Fire” ceremony in Jerusalem. Thousands of Israeli police officers were deployed on the eve of the Orthodox Easter as throngs of Christians ... Read More »

Message for the Day of the Protection of the Environment

Prot. No. 758 †BARTHOLOMEW By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarchate To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace from the Creator, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ *  *  * Beloved children in the Lord, God’s grace renders us worthy today to commence yet another ecclesiastical year, one more festive cycle, within whose ... Read More »