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A campaign to support Fr. Ephraim

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru/news/50821.htm  [Minimally edited machine translation]     St. Andrew-the-First-Called Foundation announced a
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2012
      http://www.pravoslavie.ru/news/50821.htm%c2%a0 [Minimally edited machine translation]
       
       
      St. Andrew-the-First-Called Foundation announced a Christmas campaign  in support of
      Igumen Ephraim
       
      Moscow, January 6, 2012
       
      The St. Andrew-the-First-Called Foundation urges taking part in a Christmas campaign in support of Igumen Ephraim
      by sending him a greeting card  for Christmas, which is celebrated
      on Mount Athos, as well as in Russia on January 7, reports RIA
      Novosti citing the press service of the Foundation.
      "The
      brethren of the monastery gave us the mailing address for " Koridallos "prison, where he is now held. We think that everyone who had contact with Fr. Ephraim, those owho came to venerate the Belt of the Theotokos,  as well as all
      who cherish this holy man, may send him a Christmas postcard sold in any church counter or at post office".
       
       The group "Let us greet
      Fr. Ephraim on the Nativity" was created in Facebook by St. Andrew-the-first-called Foundation staff.   The address where you can send cards: Athens, Koridallas Jail, #3-5 Solomou St.  Facebook indicates sites where you can
      send a real postcard to another country.
      According Foundation reps the greeting may be writte in Russian.
       
      "У нас нет цели
      поздравить игумена Ефрема только с Рождеством, открытки можно отправлять и после
      Рождества, на Святках. Главное - это поддержать наместника Ватопедского
      монастыря в сложное для него время", - сообщил РИА Новости пресс-секретарь ФАП
      Александр Гатилин. "Our aim is not merely to greet Igumen Ephraim.  Christmas cards can be sent even  after Christmas, during the Christmas season. The main
      thing - is to support the head of Vatopedi monastery in a difficult time,"
      - Foundation press secretary Alexander Gatilin said to RIA Novosti.
       
      After the arrest of the head of Vatopedi, the Russian Foundation of St. Andrew the First Called issued a statement urging Orthodox
      patriarchs and the public to support Archimandrite Ephraim. The Foundation which this Fall organized 
      bringing the Belt of the Theotokos to Russia; the belt is permanently stored in the Vatopedi
      monastery; the Foundation spoke about the "unacceptable politicization of a judicial
      decision."  On Saturday, December 31, the Foundation organized picketing of the Moscow 
      representative officeof the European Union; this was done in support of the
      Igument of Vatopedi monastery.
       
      In addition,
      concerns about the detention of Ephraim was expressed by the Foreign Ministry and the
      Russian Orthodox Church and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill were expressed 
      to the President of Greece, Karolos Papoulias, requesting the release the detainee.

      Католикос-патриарх всея Грузии Илия II и патриарший экзарх
      всея Беларуси, митрополит Минский и Слуцкий Филарет также высказали
      озабоченность арестом игумена Ефрема. Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia
      Ilia II and Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk
      also expressed concerns about the arrest of Ephraim Abbot.
       
      "I ask you all of you to pray for Fr. Ephraim,  that the Lord
      will free him. We hope that the Lord will hear our prayers. We are saddened by
      this event. This spiritual mentor, Father Ephraim is a person of high
      spirituality," - said the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II at his New
      Year sermon, which appears on the Friends Vatopedi site.
       
       In turn,
      Metropolitan Filaret sent the Greek authorities a letter requesting the
      immediate release of Archimandrite Ephraim, and a "just and fair conclusion of
      this matter."
       
      "Призываем народ
      Греции проявить единство перед лицом невзгод и не допустить размывания духовных
      основ жизни общества. Мы верим, что Ватопедская Обитель и монастырская братия с
      честью преодолеют все трудности и всегда будут духовным оплотом своему народу",
      - говорится в письме митрополита, переданном в РИА Новости. "We urge the
      people of Greece to show unity in the face of adversity and to prevent erosion
      of the spiritual foundations of society. We believe that Vatopedi monastery and
      the monastic brethren will honorably overcome all difficulties and will always be the
      spiritual stronghold of his people" - was said in the Metropolitan's letter , cited in the RIA News.
      January 6, 2012
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      From: Nina Tkachuk Dimas <nina_dimas_42@...>
      To: "nina_dimas_42@..." <nina_dimas_42@...>
      Sent: Friday, January 6, 2012 7:19 AM
      Subject: Ephraim

      http://www.pravoslavie.ru/news/50821.htm

      Will translate this after church -- an action by the St. Andrew the First Called Foundation in support of Ephraim -- send him cards????  Maybe available in English????

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