Help The People Of The Holy Land
By Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
"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!
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, 2002IOCC RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY IN THE WEST BANK
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.iocc.org
And the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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.
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 Canada
+ 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