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Take Time During the Quarantine to Deepen Your Knowledge of and Love for Our Orthodox Faith

During this time of both the Great Fast and the coronavirus pandemic, many of us find ourselves at home with time on our hands. This is a perfect opportunity to grow in our love for our Mother Church of Constantinople and our Holy Orthodox Faith in general. To aid you in this, the Order has developed a unique five-video series that gives you solid, concise, and readily understandable information on some of the key issues regarding the Ecumenical Patriarchate today. 

This video series, available in English, Ukrainian, and Russian, explores five core issues of crucial importance for the Mother Church and for Orthodox Christians worldwide today. These brief but comprehensive videos help you grasp the issues at stake, understand why there are controversies and what the disagreements are all about, and explain clearly and simply the position of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The videos include:

First Among Equals

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is First Among Equals in the global family of Orthodox Churches and among his brother bishops. In this capacity, he is responsible for guarding and facilitating Orthodox unity, as well as guiding and coordinating the witness of the Orthodox Church in the modern world. 

Discover in this video why the Ecumenical Patriarchate is so important for the Church, and the sources of the unique role of His All-Holiness.

Advocate to the Christian World

The Ecumenical Patriarchate has long embraced and pioneered dialogue with other Christian churches and confessions. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been an advocate for Christian unity in response to Christ’s prayer “that his disciples may be one.” 

Find out why this dialogue is so important, what progress has been made, and what the prospects are for the future.

Bridgebuilder to Other Faiths

The ministry of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is one of building bridges with other religions, races and cultures. For decades, he has organized and addressed interfaith meetings between Christians, Jews and Muslims in an effort to promote peace and reconciliation.

The promotion of peace is of cardinal importance in our world that is increasingly fractious and riven by religious conflicts. This video takes you into some of the most critical efforts for peace that are going on anywhere in the world today.

The Green Patriarch

Known as the “Green Patriarch,” His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has assumed a leadership role in raising awareness about climate change. He has emphasized that the environmental crisis is a deeply spiritual issue, while underlining that it is directly connected to social issues.

Discover why proper stewardship of the environment should be a central focus of the way we live out our faith as Orthodox Christians.

The Current Situation in Ukraine

The current church situation in Ukraine has a long history. Millions of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians were excommunicated from the church. In response, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has today restored them to communion and granted their church autocephaly.

Find out in this video why this controversy matters, and how it affects Orthodox Christians worldwide.

This season is also the perfect time for you to grow in your knowledge of and love for our Holy Orthodox Faith. Besides devoting some of your quarantine downtime to prayer and joining livestreamed services, take the opportunity to view these videos, both for edification and inspiration.

The Orthodox Christian Church’s Patriarch Bartholomew

The coronavirus pandemic is trying the patience, and the faith, of many people. Fortify your own faith by watching our spiritual father Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s appearance on 60 Minutes. His All-Holiness’ faith, hope, and deep love for God and His Church are an inspiration and a source of spiritual fortification for each of us.

Georgetown University Address of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

The nation and the world today are in deep crisis because of the coronavirus. But our Holy Orthodox Faith remains unchanged, and is our rock of hope and stability in an uncertain world. In this video, delivered at Georgetown University ten years ago, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offers us timeless wisdom on “A Changeless Faith for a Changing World.”

Academy for Cultural Diplomacy Keynote Address of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

The coronavirus will someday pass, and the world’s ancient fault lines and hatreds will still cause strife. In this far-reaching and thoughtful address, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew discusses “Religions as Catalysts for Peaceful Coexistence.” If his words were heeded, the world today would be vastly different, and far more peaceful.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Speaks on Interfaith Dialogue at St Mary’s University

The coronavirus, as it ravages the entire world, is a new call to all people to lay aside our differences and strive for the resolution of ancient conflicts. In this address in England, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew explains the importance of interfaith dialogue, and shows why it is a source of hope in a world that so often seems bereft of hope.

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