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Sanctity of Life Observations Encouraged by Bishop BASIL

His Grace Bishop BASIL, in his St. Raphael Clergy Brotherhood newsletter on January 8, encouraged the faithful and clergy of his Diocese to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision with prayers, volunteer work with local pro-life ministries, and participation where possible in the Washington D.C. March for Life.

His Grace writes:

"FRIDAY, JANUARY 22nd will mark the 37th anniversary of the infamous decision given by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case known as "Roe v. Wade." Please find below two links about how Orthodox Christians will observe that day:

1.  Read the invitation issued to all Orthodox Christians from METROPOLITAN JONAH of the Orthodox Church in America: His Beatitude will head the large crowd of Orthodox Christians who will gather in Washing, DC from throughout our nation to participate in the 2010 National March for Life..

2.  Schedule to serve the "Service of Supplication for the Sanctity of Life" with your congregation on either Thursday evening, January 21st or on Friday, January 22nd. The text may be accessed at

3.  Actively support "The Tree House" (, a ministry of our Diocese's three congregations in Wichita, KS (St George Cathedral, St Mary Church and St Michael Mission) and other such ministries and pro-life agencies in your own locale."

In Christ,

+ B a s i l

Bishop of Wichita and the Diocese of Mid-America

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America