Greek and Ukrainian Orthodox leaders in the United States hold joint prayer service

Archbishop Elpidophoros during a liturgy at Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos. Credit: Vatopedi Monastery

Leaders of the Greek and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches in America will meet on Wednesday for a joint prayer service for Ukraine.

A statement from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America indicates that His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, together with His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Hierapolis and His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon, of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the States United, will gather for an intercessory prayer service. beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

The service will be held at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral located at 160 West 82nd Street in New York, NY 10024.

The Archdiocese notes that “with sadness and heartbreak” the world watched Russia launch an invasion into Ukraine.

Greek Orthodox Church in America creates Ukrainian relief fund

“As we continue to pray for those whose lives are affected both directly and indirectly, the implications of this humanitarian tragedy are felt throughout the community and around the world,” he adds and calls for contribution to Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Ukrainian Relief Fund.

Bishop Elpidophoros announced the establishment of the Ukrainian Relief Effort, which was established in collaboration with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

Together, the Archdiocese and the IOCC aim to raise $1 million for the immediate and long-term support of the people of Ukraine.

Archbishop Elpidophoros donated $100,000 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to support the efforts of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

In an encyclical on the invasion of Ukraine, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America speaks of the horror that resulted from the invasion of Ukraine.

“I am not saying ‘Russia’ because thousands of Russians are protesting against this unprovoked and unreasonable attack endangering their own lives and freedom. This attack must be placed squarely on the shoulders of Vladimir Putin, who risks world peace for his own selfish political agenda,” Elpidophoros said.

“We are witnessing an immense tragedy of human suffering: the targeting of civilians, the murder and terror, and the death of innocent people, especially children. Yet we know that Ukrainians and Russians are breast-fed children. They are brothers and sisters in Christ,” he added and called for an immediate end to the war.

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