Father Nektarios Serfes - Orthodox Spirituality  Last Modified April 5 2002

Help The People Of The Holy Land

Help The People Of The Holy Land
By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho
April 2002

"If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten." Psalm 136

Beloved Friends In Christ Our Lord,

The great peace and love of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ be with you always!

Let every Christ-loving soul please do not forget the people who really need us now, especially within the regions of the Holy Land. We must pray for peace and good will among those in both Israel and within Palestine.

We must support the great Christian cause that has been reaching out to help those in Jerusalem with humanitarian assistance, since September 2000, and that is The International Orthodox Christian Charities, as at this hour they see this today as a response to emergency in the West Bank.

I ask you please listen to this Emergency Alert that you may send the IOCC a donation. May our Gracious Lord God reward you for this great Christian love. Let us all show these suffering people that we have not forgotten them, and we do love them with all of our hearts.

Let us act with one accord, one voice, of one giving of funds and make a statement to the world. That we love with our gift giving. The time to act, the time to give is now!

Send your donations to :
110 West Road Suite 360
Baltimore, Maryland 21204
May our Lord God bless you always, and keep you tenderly!

Thank you!

Humbly In Christ Our Lord,

+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you and thanks you!
Holy Great Lent
5 April, 2002
Holy Great Lent

Please read the IOCC appeal:
International Orthodox Christian Charities, (IOCC)
April 4, 2002


Jerusalem/West Bank (IOCC) - In response to the escalating crisis in the West Bank, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is mobilizing to provide emergency assistance to the victims of the conflict.

IOCC is monitoring the situation closely and discussing opportunities for assistance with its donors. Working with an extensive network of local partners, IOCC expects initial distributions of emergency food, medicine and hygiene items to reach areas most affected by the violence by early next week.

The emergency response being planned by IOCC also includes making minor repairs to damaged houses.

IOCC has been working in Jerusalem and the West Bank since 1997. In February, IOCC launched a $2.6 million project of rural development in the areas of Ramallah, Jenin and Nablus. That project, which addresses the economic impact of the current unrest, is ongoing.

IOCC staff members in Jerusalem are safe and are coordinating the emergency response with numerous local partners. This latest relief effort is a continuation of the humanitarian assistance that IOCC has been providing in the region since September 2000, when the current outbreak of hostilities began.

IOCC, founded in 1992, is the official humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians and works in cooperation with the Orthodox Church worldwide. Its world headquarters are in Baltimore, Md.

For more information contact: Stephen Huba, Communications Associate, 1-410-243-9820, ext. 28 or email shuba@iocc.org

Please also read Statement on Crisis in the Holy Land, by SCOBA, The Standing Conference Orthodox Bishops of America, at the following web site of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: http://www.goarch.org/goa/news.

SCOBA Statement on Crisis in the Holy Land

April 5, 2002

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)

In the midst of this holy season of Great Lent, our souls are troubled deeply by the escalation of hostilities in the land where our Lord has walked, where the shadow of the Prince of Peace, moved upon the ancient roads of Israel.

In one voice, we, the hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America, address this appeal to the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority, for reconciliation, justice and peace in the Holy Land. To every Palestinian and Israeli citizen who is praying for an end to the violence, we extend to you the prayers and solidarity of our faithful in America.

Churches, mosques and temples are constructed as houses of prayer. The desecration and destruction of these sacred buildings, historic edifices and treasures of humanity, cannot be tolerated and must cease immediately. We urge a halt to all aggression against all religious sites. We urge for freedom of access to the faithful and religious leaders related to their places of worship.

We deplore the unprecedented escalation of violence, and the senseless destructions of lives and infrastructures.

In unison we raise our voice of supplication to the Government of Israel and to the Palestinian Authority for a cessation of actions that bring violence and death to innocent people. We issue our supplication because we agree with our brothers, the Heads of Churches in the Holy Land, who indicated in their most recent letter that the key to any future and lasting peace is in the hands of the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority. After eighteen months of death and destruction, leaders from both sides must see that war and violence has settled nothing. Only meaningful negotiation between Palestinians and Israelis alike, whom God has destined to live as partners in this holy place, can ensure a future promising security, justice and peace in a land where three great monotheistic religions are called to coexist.

As we Orthodox Christians prepare for the coming of Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, our Lenten prayer is for peace in the Holy Land. To our Christian, Jewish and Muslim friends living through this horror, we cry with the Psalmist who wrote, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, and security within you towers.’ (psalm 122:6).

Peace and Love to all and for all

+ Archbishop DEMETRIOS, Chairman + Metropolitan THEODOSIUS
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Church in America

+ Metropolitan PHILIP, Vice Chairman + Metropolitan JOSEPH, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Locum tenes,Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Archdiocese in America and

+ Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER, Secretary +Metropolitan JOSEPH
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox
and Canada Church

+ Metropolitan NICHOLAS of Amissos + Metropolitan CONSTANTINE
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Diocese in the USA

Glory Be To God For All Things!

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