Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Saturday Prayer service

This Saturday at St. Mary's Orthodox Community will celebrate a special
prayer service at the church for peace and justice in Gaza and the rest of
the Holy Land as suggested by the heads of the Christian Churches in
Jerusalem. If you are unable to join us, please raise your voices and
prayers with us. The services will be repeated following the Holy Qurbana
on Sunday. Perhaps in the days before this we can have a time of fasting.
There is great power in fasting and prayer.

In the words of these Holy Land bishops" "...we raise our prayers to the
Child in the manger to inspire the authorities and decision makers on both
sides, the Israelis and Palestinians, for immediate action to end the
current tragic situation in the Gaza Strip. We pray for the victims, the
wounded and the broken-hearted. May the Lord God Almighty grant all those
who have lost loved ones consolation and patience. We pray for all those
living in panic and fear, that God may bless them with calm, tranquility and
true peace."

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