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 16, 2020
Sunday of the Prodigal Son

The humble cry to our Heavenly Father

One comes to know humility through illness because, through it,
one comes face to face with one’s self,
with one’s physical and spiritual weaknesses,
with the deterioration of human nature,
with one’s limitations,
with one’s inability to completely control life,
with the need for one to trust others, and
to accept their help,
to face pain with endurance and patience.
It is then that one will shout to the Heavenly Father saying:
God is my helper, my protector and my savior. He is my God and I will glorify Him.