Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod

The Holy Eparchial Synod met today in an extraordinary video conference at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros with an exclusive objective to discuss the recent public debate on an official proposal to change the pension program of the Hierarchs. Read More

July 8, 2020

Are We Ready? Thoughts and Concerns Regarding the Future

Are We Ready? Thoughts and Concerns Regarding the Future

The novel coronavirus has brought an overwhelming strain on public health systems throughout the world, causing physical and emotional pain to millions. It has jolted the world’s economy, bringing on poverty and sparking a global hunger crisis. It has aroused untamable fear and paranoia, causing unprecedented political, social and religious contention, together with rioting, killings, and domestic violence. What overshadows all of this is the uncertainty of when it will all end. Read More

July 8, 2020

Communiqué from the Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office

Communiqué from the Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office

In response to the question whether the Ecumenical Patriarchate “sanctioned” or not the use of multiple or disposable holy spoons for distributing the Holy Communion to the faithful, the Ecumenical Patriarchate repeats what was stated in the communiqué of the Chief Secretariat of the Sacred and Holy Synod, dated June 25, 2020. Read More

June 26, 2020

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE - Communiqué

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE - Communiqué

Between​​ June 23 - 25 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was convened for its regular meeting of the current month at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva. On the first day, the chairmen of the synodal committees were engaged in their cooperative work. Many of the Hierarchs of the Throne in Europe were present as well. Read More

June 25, 2020

Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Patron Saint of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,  to be Celebrated on June 11

Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Patron Saint of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to be Celebrated on June 11

New York - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the celebratory festivities for the feast day of Saint Bartholomew, patron saint of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to be held on June 11, 2020. Read More

June 10, 2020

Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On World Oceans Day 2020

Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On World Oceans Day 2020

On World Oceans Day 2020, we renew our call to the global community to work collectively in addressing the threats to our planet’s oceans, seas and rivers. Since 1995, we have initiated nine inter-religious and inter-disciplinary symposia throughout the world, assembling international scientists and environmentalists, politicians and economists, as well as activists and journalists to meet with religious leaders and theologians in order to address the plight of our world’s waterways and water. Read More

June 8, 2020

Petition and Prayer from the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care

Petition and Prayer from the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care

“Again we pray for all those that have fallen sick and are in extremity, and for the doctors and nurses and all those in the areas of health, who serve and minister to the sick, offering care and comfort; that the Lord our God will furthermore strengthen them, work through them and guide them in all things.” Read More

June 1, 2020

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Earth Day 2020

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Earth Day 2020

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, whose mission is to work with civil and faith communities for developing local solutions to global problems, including climate change, plastic pollution, and threats to biodiversity. Earth Day promotes programs ranging from low-impact actions to “a billion acts of green” to address the paramount challenge of our time. Read More

April 21, 2020

Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Regarding Covid-19

Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Regarding Covid-19

The voice of the Church, of the Mother Church, cannot be silent in such times. Our words, then, take the form we have learned through the ages: through the liturgy and through instruction, with encouragement and consolation. Read More

March 19, 2020

Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the beginning of Holy and Great Lent, 2020

Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the beginning of Holy and Great Lent, 2020

We offer hymns of thanks to the God of love as once again we enter Holy and Great Lent, the arena of ascetic struggle, fasting and abstinence, of vigilance and spiritual awareness, of guarding our senses and prayer, of humility and self-knowledge. We are commencing a new and blessed pilgrimage toward Holy Pascha, which has “opened for us the gates of paradise.” In Church and as Church, as we behold the Risen Lord of glory, we all journey together along the way of deification by grace that leads to the heavenly goods “prepared by God for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9). Read More

February 26, 2020

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