New York, February 26, 2021
On Saturday, February 20, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America served a moleben for an end to abortion in front of Planned Parenthood’s abortuary in Brooklyn, Orthodox Christians for Life informed OrthoChristian.
Volunteers from the newly-revived Orthodox Christians for Life arrived early and held a sign informing those considering abortion that free help is available, as well as an icon of the Mother of God of the Inexhaustible Cup. The police soon arrived and asked the participants to move 25 feet away, which is why the moleben was held across the street.
In his sermon, Abp. Michael noted that even though the number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped in recent years, there are still hundreds of thousands of babies who lose their lives before birth annually. The state of New York leads in percentage terms on a national scale, second only to the District of Columbia.
His Eminence also emphasized that New York is the only city that provides funding for abortions. In this regard, Abp. Michael highlighted that Orthodox Christians have a lot of work ahead, and asked God’s blessing upon the volunteers gathered for the moleben, and proclaimed many years to the participants from Orthodox Christians for Life.
The fact that young adults gathered for the moleben and that the young generation is generally more pro-life is good grounds to be more optimistic for the future, Vladyka Michael said.
Watch a video of His Eminence’s sermon:
The prayerful protestors received support from people in the area. One woman passing by even made a donation to the cause.
Orthodox Christians for Life also held a prayerful protest outside the Manhattan Planned Parenthood site in January, and invites all to join in future prayer services and other activities to protect the unborn and help pregnant women avoid the sin of murdering their children.