Η πρώτη συνάντηση πραγματοποιήθηκε στον Αγγλικανικό Καθεδρικό Ναό του Λονδίνου, που είναι αφιερωμένος στον Άγιο Παύλο. Εκεί οι Σύνεδροι παρακολούθησαν τον Αγγλικανικό Εσπερινό και απόλαυσαν την καλλίφωνη χορωδία.
Patriarchal Greeting to the Participants of the Anniversary Consultation of the European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy (in London)
To the beloved Participants of the Anniversary Consultation of the European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy
With honor and love we convey our full-hearted greetings to all of you, praying that your convocation will be blessed by God’s grace and that the Holy Spirit will enlighten each and every one of you during your time together.
Over the past ten years the Ecumenical Patriarchate has been blessed in taking an active role in the formation of the ENHCC. Your honorable Network was founded during the 6th Consultation for Hospital Chaplaincy at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, which we organized in 2000. You have entrusted the leadership of your Network by electing our representative for three consecutive terms as its coordinator. We were also blessed to host three committee meetings with the esteemed members of your organization at the Patriarchate in Constantinople, during which we met with them and were able to personally convey our pastoral concerns and blessings. For all of this, we thank you, praising God for the gifts He bestowed on us.
Our paternal prayers are that you remain strong in your service. We know all of the difficulties that you as pastors encounter on a personal and professional level. May you remain “strong with all the strength that comes from His glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:11-12). Only in this way, by remaining strong in the Lord and remaining within the realm of His light – within the realm of His love - will we all be able to convey the evangelical message that “He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 11:13) .
May your gathering be a gathering of love. Do not let the difficulties of our times discourage you, but remain united as one body so as to continue in the ministry of the Lord. Blessed is the one who shall be deemed worthy of such a ministry; he and she shall be glorified. It is in this spirit that we pray that your Network will continue to flourish for many more years, providing the foundations for pastoral care to all and uniting all through His grace.
With fervent prayers.
+Bartholomew of Constantinople
16th of September 2010
Οι εργασίες θα συνεχισθούν αύριο και θα ολοκληρωθούν την Κυριακή (19 Σεπτεμβρίου) το μεσημέρι.