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March 20, 2011
Metropolitan Hilarion’s Appeal Concerning the Earthquake in Japan

On 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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