March 20, 2011
Hilarion’s Appeal Concerning the Earthquake in Japan
the first week of Great Lent, Japan suffered the most severe
earthquake in its recorded history, which resulted in a tsunami
hitting Japan and destroying everything in its wake. The disaster
claimed the lived of at least 7,000 people.
In light of the ongoing catastrophe in
Japan, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, is calling upon all of
the clerics and faithful children of the diocese to pray for the
victims of this disaster and for the suffering Japanese people, and
to include the following special petitions at the Divine Liturgy:
"Again we pray for mercy, life, peace,
health, salvation, visitation, pardon and remission of sins of all
the people of Japan who are in need and suffering from the disasters
that have taken place therein."
"O Lord, preserve the land of Japan and its
people from earthquakes, floods, fire and every other tribulation
and necessity, let us all say, quickly hearken and have mercy."
"Again we pray that we may be preserved from
famine, pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, the sword, the invasion
of aliens, and civil war; that our good and man-loving God may be
gracious and favourable, that He may take away all the wrath stirred
up against us, and deliver us from His righteous threatening which
hangeth over us, and have mercy on us."
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