Multiple Orthodox jurisdictions represented at annual March for Life

Washington, D.C., January 23, 2023     

Hierarchs, clergy, monastics, seminarians and laity representing a number of Orthodox jurisdictions in the U.S. participated in the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital on Friday, January 20.

This was the first March since the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June 2022.

The Orthodox delegation was led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washing and All America and Canada of the Orthodox Church in America, who was joined by his fellow OCA hierarchs, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, and His Grace Bishop Andrei of Cleveland, as well as His Grace Bishop John of Worcester and His Grace Bishop Alexander of Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and Upstate New York (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America), His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA), His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America).     

Orthodox Christians for Life headed up the organization and promotion of Orthodox participation in the event, reports the Orthodox Church in America.

On Thursday, January 19, the Orthdoox hierarchs attended the evening Mass at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The next morning, Met. Tikhon hosted the hierarchs and visitors at the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington. Following the Liturgy, Orthodox Christians for Life hosted a breakfast for all those attending the March.

The participants then made their way to the Mall for the beginning of the March. Following the initial prayer, His Beatitude Met. Tikhon served a moleben for all victims of abortion.

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FrDmitry Wieber1/26/2023 2:22 am
Dear All, A number of clergy and faithful from Traditionalist (in this case GOC) jurisdictions were also present. Without howling, without angry recriminations, but praying ( an Akathist, a paraklises (molieben) and icons). My family, for example, has been attending for over 12 years. We bring prayers and our presence. God preserve us!
sherlock_holmes1/25/2023 11:43 pm
Where have all the non-ecumenist hierarchs gone, long time passing, Where have all the non-ecumenist hierarchs gone, long time ago...Oh when will they ever learn ? , Oh when will they ever learn...
Anonymous1/25/2023 9:36 pm
@Lydia I completely understand where you're coming from and was just talking about this subject this morning. I genuinely feel bad for those new to our faith who are having difficulty processing the madness that happens in the church. Unfortunately, we are living in an imperfect world, so there will always be corruption inside the church because frankly, the devil goes to church too. What I constantly have to remind myself is that we are told "do not place your hope in princes and sons of men in whom there is no salvation." It is discouraging to see what is happening and essentially seems that some are "throwing the baby out with the bath water" which in this case is Christ. I firmly believe that if we do place our hope in Christ and go to church with the right heart and mind, that is the right path for now as we can't just give up now and go with some non-canonical group. The demons want to wear us down! Stay strong and fight the good fight!
John D1/25/2023 4:51 am
Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries Ecumenism One must not pray together with heretics or schismatics - Part 2 Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries
John D1/25/2023 4:44 am
From the Saints: Confronting Ecumenism One must not pray together with heretics or schismatics - Part 1 Speaking Painful Truth in Love: Orthodox Ecumenism and St. Justin Popovic Православие.Ru, 19 декабря 2016 г. Phillip Calington Further reading Ecumenism Awareness: Ecumenism is not Orthodoxy “Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira: Crete council made questionable decisions” “Prominent New Calendar Priest Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis Ceases Commemoration of His Bishop” “The Recent History of Ecumenism and the Struggle for Orthodoxy (Part A)” by Fr. Theodore Zisis A Confession of Faith Against Ecumenism
Herman1/24/2023 6:25 pm
The Orthodox bishops attended the evening mass at a roman catholic church??? Why would they do that rather than have a vigil service at the Orthodox church?
Lydia1/24/2023 4:35 pm
Dear hierarchs of the Orthodox Faith. I am all for joining hands with ANYBODY against the atrocity of abortion. However, was it really necessary that you "attended mass" under the direction of the Roman Catholic Church??? Even if you didn't participate in the mass, your presence there is enough to cause scandal. As a convert to Orthodoxy, I find it repeatedly heartbreaking to see/hear reports how leaders in my precious gift of Orthodoxy are bending in submission to other faith practices. Please stop this. Perhaps those that constantly insist of joining those under their faith practices need to go be Protestant for awhile to really appreciate what it is the Lord left us in HIS Church. Or perhaps I should just give my tithes to other faiths instead of my Orthodox Church since you are repeatedly giving the message we need to submit to other faith practices outside of Orthodoxy. BLM, Episcopalian, Roman Catholic.... tell me....let's cut out the middle man here: Which one should I give my money to instead of my Orthodox Parish?
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