July 24, 2014

Pat. Bartholomew: 2011 Patriarchal Proclamation for Pascha

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+ B A R T H O L O M E WBy the Mercy of GodArchbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical PatriarchTo the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and MercyFrom the Savior Christ Risen in Glory Beloved children in the Lord,Once again, in a spirit of joy and peace, we address you with the delightful and hopeful greeting: “Christ is Risen!” The occurrences and events of our time may not seem to justify the exultation of our greeting. The natural destruction caused by seismic tremors and oceanic swells, together with the lurking devastation from possible nuclear explosion, as well as the human sacrifices resulting from military conflict and terrorist action, reveal our world to be in horrible torment and anguish from the pressure of the natural and spiritual forces of evil. Nevertheless, the Resurrection of Christ is indeed real and grants to faithful Christians the certainty – and to all humanity the possibility – of transcending the adverse consequences of natural calamity and … [Read more...]