Category: Patriarchal Messages

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year

We have come to September 1st, the beginning of the ecclesiastical year, which the Ecumenical Patriarchate and subsequently the entire Orthodox Church designated as a day of prayer for the natural environment. Since then, as a result of this initiative, the interest in protecting the natural environment has expanded more broadly and numerous measures are now taken for the sustainability and balance of the earth’s ecosystems as well as for all related problems.

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas

“Christ is born, glorify Him; Christ is on earth, exalt Him.”

Let us rejoice in gladness for the ineffable condescension of God.The angels precede us singing: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will among all people.”

Yet, on earth we behold and experience wars and threats of wars. Still, the joyful announcement is in no way annulled. Peace has truly come to earth through reconciliation between God and people in the person of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, however, we human beings have not been reconciled, despite God’s sacred will. We retain a hateful disposition for one another. We discriminate against one another by means of fanaticism with regard to religious and political convictions, by means of greed in the acquisition of material goods, and through expansionism in the exercise of political power. These are the reasons why we come into conflict with one another.

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Catechetical Homily for Holy and Great Lent 2012 (in Chinese)

親愛的主內弟兄姊妹   最近,我們觀察也擔憂,很多挑戰不斷的湧起.這個世界忍受著痛苦等待著救助.事實上,我們正處於試煉中.有些人聲稱這是金融風暴;有些人則指為政治危機.因此目前我們最關注的是,關於靈性的墮落.尋找生存之道.有很多解決的策略被提出我們也都聽聞.但,問題依然存在,人們感受到孤獨即被遺棄.他們最深處的本性已被忽略.留給他們的只有疑惑鬱悶和消沉的憂鬱.  ...

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