Riverside, California, January 13, 2022
Orthodox Christians for Life invites the Orthodox community to join the 2022 Orthodox gatherings at the March for Life on January 21 in Washington, DC, and the Walk for Life West Coast on January 22 in San Francisco, CA.
Orthodox Christians for Life (OCLife) first organized the Orthodox presence at the annual March 35 years ago in January of 1987, and Orthodox Christians have been gathering together at this event ever since.
"Gathering together at the annual March for Life is vital, not only because it allows the Church’s leadership to demonstrate Orthodoxy’s uncompromising commitment to the sanctity of human life, but also because it provides an important occasion to bear witness to this commitment to the rest of the pro-life community – an evangelistic opportunity in itself," said Emily Wilkinson, OCLife Executive Director.
This year, a Divine Liturgy will be served at St. Nicholas Cathedral on the morning of the March for Life. Then Orthodox Christians will gather at a designated meeting spot on the National Mall to pray a Service of Supplication for an End to Abortion led by His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON, prior to the commencement of the March for Life.
On the West Coast, Orthodox Christians will gather for a service led by local clergy prior to the commencement of the Walk for Life.
Planning and promotional materials for the March for Life gathering, along with a full schedule of activities, can be found at oclife.org/march. Likewise, Walk for Life information can be found at oclife.org/walk. Participants can also sign up for text message updates to be alerted of any last-minute changes to the schedule or meeting place.
While the March for Life offers an annual opportunity for proclaiming the Church's pro-life beliefs, Orthodox Christians for Life is dedicated to helping the Orthodox community live out these beliefs during the whole year. Through its Parish Ministry Program, OCLife is actively equipping parishes to become faithful and loving advocates for the sanctity of life. For more information about OCLife or the Parish Ministry Program, see oclife.org.
Contact: Louisa Rogers