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Chicago Orthodox Clergy to Host Prayer Service to Defend Sanctity of Life

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Burr Ridge, Illinois – A Prayer Service marking National Sanctity of Life Day will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Believing that all human life is sacred, the worship service will include prayers addressing issues such as capital punishment, euthanasia and abortion, and will emphasize forgiveness and the tragedy of 50 million abortions since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The Service will be sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago, on behalf of the 80 Orthodox Christian Churches in the Greater Chicago area.

The service will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a presentation on the sanctity of life given by Linda Couri, a former Planned Parenthood employee, who has both professional and personal experience with abortion issues, will be presenting an inside perspective on the Pro-Choice mindset. What are the values, goals and motivations behind those who are Pro-Choice and what can we do to best address this complex and often hostile audience? Linda, who now serves as Associate Director of Lay Ministry Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will share her story and her own uncomfortable yet solid reconversion to the Christian faith.

All are invited to attend and parking is free. The Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is located at 6980 County Line Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. For more information, please contact please contact the OCCA Committee at