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The Ecumenical Patriarch: One Who Serves

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  • David-Constantine Wright
    The Ecumenical Patriarch: One Who Serves             But I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:27) During the Last Supper, on the occasion of a
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2011
      The Ecumenical Patriarch: One Who Serves
      But I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:27)

      During the Last Supper, on the occasion of a dispute among His disciples, the
      Lord made the following significant statement: But I am among you as one who serves (Luke 22:27). The Lord had made previously the same
      statement, the focal point of which was the concept of serving, when He
      declared that the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45).

      With these most important statements, the Lord Jesus Christ
      established the concept of serving as the fundamental and leading
      concept of His incarnation and work on earth and as the eternal and
      ultimate criterion of the true and authentic mission of the workers of
      the Gospel at any time and in any place on Earth.

      Our Most Holy Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been as a human
      being and a clergyman, but more specifically as Patriarch during his
      twenty years of amazingly fruitful tenure, the serving Patriarch. He is a par excellence imitator of our serving God Jesus Christ, serving among
      us incessantly day and night.

      Our Most Holy and Beloved Patriarch is the one who serves through his intense, eloquent and continuous offering of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every part of the Earth, and, essentially, to all mankind.

      This is an extremely difficult work but he does it regardless of the sacrifices which such a work requires.

      He is the one who serves with his incessant labor and toil for unity, cooperation and common witness of faith among the Orthodox Churches
      throughout the world. By being the serving Patriarch, he managed to
      bring together the Heads of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches for
      appropriate pan-Orthodox action.

      He is the one who serves with his extremely diligent and systematic
      work for the protection of the injured natural environment and the
      curbing and reversal of the ecological destruction. Specialists in the
      field speak about the Patriarch as the number one person in the
      activities related to ecology.

      He is the one who serves with his sleepless and affectionate pastoral care for his immediate and his wider congregations, for specific
      individuals facing afflictions and ordeals, but also for the wider
      masses of people in need of immediate help.
      He is the one who serves in his superb work in defense of human
      rights and in promotion of religious freedom for any person or religious entity.

      We wholeheartedly and incessantly pray that the years which will
      follow be years of lengthy and glorious continuation of the creative and dynamic work of our serving Ecumenical Patriarch, years leading him
      from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18) in imitation of the
      serving God, the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ.

      + Archbishop DEMETRIOS of America


      Forwarded by Rd. DC

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