Sviatki. Fast-free The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Basil the Great, archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia (379). St. Emelia, mother of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa (375). St. Gregory, bishop of Nazianzus (374) and father of St. Gregory the Theologian. A Joyous Feast of Circumcision and St Basil to all!
Please note I know many people find this a very difficult subject. Abortion is considered a right and many women have had them, including sadly in our own congregations. The truth is it is a killing of an unborn child. But there is forgiveness in Christ. We can all repent of our sins. And when one falls we all fall. We must support each other with prayer, emotional and material support as needed. Our culture is deeply fallen and addicted to the passions. We are all complicit by deed, participation or silence. We all need have repentance. This post is not meant as a condemnation of anyone. I refer you to the epistle of former Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA. (Anthony editor) “Thus, however we have sinned, we can be forgiven. Whether we have aborted a child, or consented to it, we can be forgiven. If we bear a child as a single mother, we can be accepted in the community of the Church with love. If we have judged and condemned others, and burn with resentment, we can be freed through repentance. No matter what we have done, no matter how broken we are or how completely we have messed up our lives, we can be healed, forgiven, accepted and loved. And then maybe we can forgive ourselves, and attain to that true freedom.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2011
(please note as I learn of more events this post will be updated accordingly)
Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science
“Science is behind the Pro-Life Movement.”
-Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life-
“Science is behind the pro-life movement. We see that medical and technological advancements always affirm the pro-life movement, for example, DNA is present at fertilization and no fingerprint on earth, past, present, or future, is the same. We know, too, a baby’s heart beats at just six weeks and we can distinctly observe it ourselves with ultrasound technology,” said Jeanne Mancini. “As science progresses, we see clearly that every life is unique from day one in the womb.”
False Beliefs About Abortion A Sermon based on a Retreat with Frederica Mathewes-Green (Presbyterya and NPR Commentator article found on St George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul Minnesota website )
¨Every year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the Supreme Court?s fateful decision on Roe vs. Wade handed down in 1973, millions of Americans celebrate the sanctity of human life. The reason is well known because the court?s decision established an absolute right of women to seek and procure an abortion, which is the termination of a pregnancy, the taking of the life of the baby in her womb. For the past decade, Orthodox Christians including several bishops and priests, have joined the March for Life on Washington DC that occurs on or near the Roe vs. Wade decision. For over the past ten years, our Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago has designated this Sunday closest to the anniversary to be Sanctity of Life Sunday for all churches throughout our Metropolis/Diocese.¨ Click for full article a very helpful reflection.
Holy Resurrection Parish in Tacoma fb usually marches and carries the banner for Orthodox Christians in Olympia. (People usually gather near the
Winged Victory statue, and march through the capitol’s courtyard around 11:30 a.m. A
program in the sanctity of life will begin at 12:00 noon on the Capitol steps. ) from past post
A Prayer for the Sanctity of Life
O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, Who art in the bosom of the Father, True
God, source of life and immortality, Light of Light, Who came into the world to enlighten
it: Thou wast pleased to be conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary for the salvation of
our souls by the power of Thine All-Holy Spirit. O Master, Who camest that we might
have life more abundantly, we ask Thee to enlighten the minds and hearts of those
blinded to the truth that life begins at conception and that the unborn in the womb are
already adorned with Thine image and likeness; enable us to guard, cherish, and protect
the lives of all those who are unable to care for themselves. For Thou art the Giver of
Life, bringing each person from non-being into being, sealing each person with divine
and infinite love. Be merciful, O Lord, to those who, through ignorance or willfulness,
affront Thy divine goodness and providence through the evil act of abortion. May they,
and all of us, come to the life of Thy Truth and glorify Thee, the Giver of Life, together
with Thy Father, and Thine All-Holy and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto
ages of ages. Amen.” From the Holy Resurrection January Newsletter 2018. (Source: Orthodox Church in America)
¨His Holiness Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgrade, Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus spoke about pressing moral issues of today’s society, in his annual Christmas interview for TV Hram.¨
The Boise March for Life takes place every January on the weekend anniversary of Roe v Wade to commemorate the over 50 million unborn children that have been lost since the infamous Supreme Court ruling. The March and rally that follows are a celebration of life and demonstration in the belief that all life is sacred. On January 19, 2019, Right to Life of Idaho will host the 46th Annual Boise March for Life!! Please, help us get the word out for the 2019 Boise March for Life!
For Thou hast possessed my reins; O Lord, Thou hast holpen me from my mother’s womb. I will confess Thee, for awesomely art Thou wondrous; marvelous are Thy works, and my soul knoweth it right well.
Patriarch Kyrill on Abortion: ¨His Holiness said the way to combat the mass slaughter of the preborn is not only to rebuke abortionists and exhort women not to kill their children but to help women in crisis. The primate told 2,000 attendees to analyze why young women abort. He said we must address the problems that drive women to kill, such as instability, parents’ anger, social pressure, and poverty.¨ Click for full article
My Bone is not hid from Thee, which Thou madest in secret; nor my substance in the nethermost parts in of the earth.
My being while it was still unformed Thine eyes did see, and in Thy book shall all men be written; day by day they are formed, when as yet there be none of them. Psalm 138: 10- 15
The National Right to Life March will be held in Washington, DC on Friday, 19th, 2018.
Here are some Links for the support of Life. These will be included in the links on the side.
Birthright International “We Love them Both” Find a local location near you. They assist pregnant women during pregnancy and after.
Orthodox March for Life (FB)
January 22, 2013: The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Statement of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America)
NoAbort.net a Russian Language site by a Russian Orthodox in the NW.
Zoe for Life! An Orthodox Christian Initiative
“As Orthodox Christians, we strongly affirm the value and sanctity of all human life, from the moment of conception to the final breath one takes.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2010
“Thus, however we have sinned, we can be forgiven. Whether we have aborted a child, or consented to it, we can be forgiven. If we bear a child as a single mother, we can be accepted in the community of the Church with love. If we have judged and condemned others, and burn with resentment, we can be freed through repentance. No matter what we have done, no matter how broken we are or how completely we have messed up our lives, we can be healed, forgiven, accepted and loved. And then maybe we can forgive ourselves, and attain to that true freedom.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2011
Below is the Documentary the Silent Scream. It is narrated by the one time Abortionist, and pusher for its legalization Bernard Nathason MD. Who repented of his former way of life and eventually became a Roman Catholic Christian. It is not for very young viewers. But it does belie the lie that the fetus is not just a blob of tissue.