May 21, 2013
Metropolitan Tikhon calls for prayers for tornado victims
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
In the wake of the tornadoes that devastated the suburbs of Oklahoma
City, OK on Monday, May 20, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon,
has called upon all faithful Orthodox Christians to offer prayers for
those who lost their lives, their families, and everyone touched by the
"We call upon everyone to remember in their prayers the victims of the
Oklahoma City Tornado and those whose lives have been affected by this
disaster," said Metropolitan Tikhon. "We ask that our risen Lord will
bring comfort to those who have lost everything---including loved
ones---as well as the responders who continue to search for survivors.
May our Lord grant eternal rest to those who lost their lives in the
tragedy, and may He comfort those so afflicted."
The Orthodox Church in America has three communities in Oklahoma---Holy
Apostles Church, Bixby, OK; Saints Cyril and Methodius Church,
Hartshorne, OK; and Saint Basil the Great Mission, Weatherford, OK ---
none of which were affected. Updates will be posted should further
information be received.
The faithful are encouraged to offer financial assistance through
established agencies that already have a presence in the affected area,
and to check the web sites of International Orthodox Christian Charities
> [IOCC] and the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians
United to Serve <http://www.focusnorthamerica.org/
> [FOCUS] for
additional opportunities to help.
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