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Metropolitan's Appeal for Iran Earthquake Relief



Metropolitan Appeals for Iran Earthquake Relief


December 30, 2003

Beloved in Christ:


Greetings in the name of our incarnate Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray you all had a joyous and blessed celebration of our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh. As the final days of 2003 fade into the history books, another horrific tragedy will become a part of the permanent history of 2003. The recent earthquake in Iran has left tens of thousands of people dead and hundreds of thousands homeless and grieving the loss of loved ones. This earthquake can be counted among the most deadly and devastating in history. As such, we feel compelled to do our part to help those who are suffering from this great tragedy.


Next week, as we bless the waters on the Great Feast of Theophany, we pray for all of God’s creation and His saving hand in that creation. As stewards of this same creation, it is our duty to help those in need who have been displaced, who are starving and who are grieving because of the terrible destruction of part of God’s creation. Therefore, we are asking all of our parishes to have a special collection for the suffering people of Iran. Please make your checks payable to your local parish and the parish will forward one check in your name to the Archdiocese marked “Earthquake Relief Fund.” Because of the extreme urgency of this tragedy, we ask that the parish’s check be sent to the Archdiocese no later than January 30, 2004.


Praying that our Lord will keep you safe and healthy as we begin a New Year wishing you all a blessed feast of Theophany, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,


+Metropolitan PHILIP

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese

of North America