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

February 19, 2017

The Two Tears

From the earth arose two tears,
warm pearls, and dripped on the Creator’s feet

And said the first, trembling before the Divine Throne,
I came forth from the heart for its own pain...
And the Creator replied,
not a minute must you lose...
go and become balsam,
the heart’s pain to heal...

And said the other one, trembling before the Divine Throne,
I came forth from the heart for a stranger’s pain...
And the Creator replied,
“You stay with me...
for tears of Compassion
are my own tears….”

J. Polemis (1862-1924)

(We thank His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrios of Sevastias
for suggesting the poem “The Two Tears” as a Pastoral Thought)