New York, March 16, 2022
Orthodox Christians Pro-Life will hold a prayer service for an end to abortion in Manhattan this Saturday, March 19.
The moleben will be led by His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America, reports his diocesan website.
The pro-life society invites everyone in New York City area to make every effort to come to protect those who can’t protect themselves. It’s an opportunity to do God’s work during Great Lent.
Last year, when Orthodox Christians Pro-Life started their street witness near NYC’s abortion “clinics”, abortuaries were in the process of reducing their working hours. Unfortunately, for the unborn children and for women’s physical, mental, and spiritual heath, now they’re increasing their hours. For example, Planned Parenthood in Staten Island was closed in 2021 after the pandemic started, but now it’s open four days a week. The pro-life society calls upon everyone who is available on weekdays to participate in a prayer service in Staten Island at a time when this particular “clinic” is operating. The society hopes to hold such an event before Pascha.
The previous moleben was served in February in front of an abortuary in South Brooklyn, NY, which promotes its “services” in local Russian media for a bilingual audience. Rev. Alexander Revyuk, the acting rector of the OCA’s Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn led the service in English and Church Slavonic since there are a lot of Russian-speaking people in the Sheapshead Bay area, some of whom are baptized Orthodox Christians. We plan to hold another prayer service partially in Church Slavonic near another abortuary in the Russian area of Brooklyn this year.
View videos and photos from previous events:
Orthodox Christians Pro-Life also continues to offer charitable help to those in crisis pregnancies. In February, the society paid for an advertisement in the National Herald to reach out to the Greek community. We are also looking for people who speak Chinese, Spanish, and other languages to assist us in reaching out to other local communities.
In March, $1,000 was donated to the Ukrainian Relief Program of the Orthodox Church in America and $600 to International Orthodox Christian Charities, specifically to help the pregnant and families with newborn babies among those suffering from the war in Ukraine, including refugees.
This organization has received few donations so far, but is ready to do much more to bring the Orthodox Church’s pro-life message to the public arena. The pro-life society calls for more people to support this ministry so more lives can be saved and more families will receive help. Almost anyone can give up daily cup of coffee or even less to subscribe for a monthly $50 donation via PayPal.
Orthodox Christians Pro-Life also continues to help Lara G.—a woman in Pittsburg who lost a baby due to miscarriage. Parishioners of St. Nicholas OCA’s Church have created a fundraiser to help Lara, and the rector V. Rev. Thomas Soroka has shown a good example by donating personally to the case. With money already raised, Lara was able to cover daycare for her children and start working.
However, their situation is really difficult, and they need more help. This is another great opportunity to take care of our neighbors during this Lent. Lara was born to a Muslim family, and maybe your love and generosity will help her to become Orthodox.
To support Orthodox Christians Pro-Life’s work, please mail checks to:
33 Hewitt Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708.