Pastoral Healthcare

One of the most important ministries of the Church throughout its history has been providing spiritual care to the sick. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has always being sensitive to the needs of this ministry from the years of the Byzantine Empire up until now. Its clergy are active in providing pastoral care to the ill, both on a parish level and in specialized facilities.  read more...

Pastoral Thought of the Week

July 17, 2017

About Hope

The power of love is hope, because by it we await the reward of love.

Hope is a wealth of hidden riches.

Hope is a treasure of assurance of the treasure in store for us.

It is a rest from labors; it is the door of love; it is the annulment of despair; it is an image of what is absent.

The failing of hope is the disappearance of love. Toils are bound by it. Labors depend on it. Mercy encircles it.

Experience of the Lord’s gift engenders hope; he who is without experience remains in doubt.

Anger destroys hope, because “hope does not disappoint” (Rom. 5:5), but “an angry man is not noble” (Prov.15:25). 

St. John of Sinai,
The Ladder
Archim. Lazarus Moore
Harper & Brothers, 1959, p.129