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

August 3, 2014

Love is forbearing

«One that is forbearing is always in a state of joy, delight and gladness because he hopes in the Lord. One that is forbearing is without anger because he patiently endures everything. One that is forbearing does not get stirred up quickly with anger, does not resort to insult, is not motivated by vain reasons, is not saddened when he is treated unjustly, does not go against those that go against him, is always stable in everything, is not easily subjugated, rejoices in sorrows, is associated with all good works; he treats those that slander him propitiously, does not argue with those that command him, does not sulk when reproved, and always comforts himself through his forbearance.»

Ephrem the Syrian
On Compunction
Chapter 6 – On forbearance