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.