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CATECHETICAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE OPENING OF 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 May the Grace and Peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness be with you; Beloved brothers and children in the Lord, With the grace ... Read More »

The Way of Prayer – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

  “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

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

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 »

SYNAXIS OF THE PRIMATES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES – COMMUNIQUÉ

  Chambésy, 21-28, 2016     At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from 21st to 28th January, 2016. The following Primates attended: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem Patriarch Kirill ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople: Christmas Encyclical 2015

  + 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

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 »

Sermon on Matthew 17:14-23 (10th Sunday of Matthew)

In this gospel, Jesus teaches us that the only way we can overcome the evil in this world, is through prayer and fasting. The incident in today’s Gospel took place immediately after the Transfiguration. At the Transfiguration three of our Lord’s disciples, Peter, James and John saw our Lord Jesus Christ as He truly is, shining with the glory of ... 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 »