Archpastoral Statement on the Annual March for Life 2007
They hate him who reproves in the gate, and
they abhor him who speaks the truth. (Amos 5:10)
December 31, 2006
Prot. N. 181
To the Very Reverend Protopresbyters, the Very
Reverend and Reverend Clergy and Beloved Faithful of the Diocese:
In the day of the Prophet Amos, the Vision of
God's Will was met with ridicule and dismissal. No one in society wanted to hear
that God's Law was being broken and that His Justice was being ignored. The
poor were being abused and taken advantage of. The powerless and the weak were
trampled on for the sake of a materialistic society.
The Prophets spoke then, but they were ignored.
"The lion roared, the Lord God has spoken", and the prophecies of God's command
were proclaimed. But society continued on its way of eating and drinking like
normal, "stretching out themselves upon their couches" and "singing idle songs"
As it was then, so it is now. The Orthodox
Church has proclaimed the sin of abortion. And society has responded by
sanctioning infanticide as a phase of the feminist agenda. It has responded by
renaming the unborn child as fetal tissue, so it could be more easily disposed
of. It has responded by making abortion a matter of personal opinion, and not
of right and wrong.
It is God alone Who is the origin of all life.
It is He Who holds the key to life and death. It is man, in his arrogance, who
usurps the authority of the Almighty, who in his pride deliberates over the
validity of God's divine decrees, who justifies his sin and pacifies the
screaming of his conscience in the face of the shedding of innocent blood. We
have forgotten the absolute and unchanging nature of Scripture's declaration,
"Thus says the Lord...".
The blessings of America remain as a contingency: we
will keep our freedom and our liberal comforts only if we heed the call of Amos
who proclaimed in a voice that echoes across the ages: "Seek the Lord and
live!" (Amos 5:6).
I urge you, therefore, to make every effort to
support the National Right to Life March in Washington, DC
on Monday, January 22, 2007. Support freely and generously the work of Crisis
Pregnancy Centers in your area. And be confident, without equivocation, in the
hard and simple truth that abortion is sin, and cannot be countenanced or
supported in the Orthodox Church.
Assuring you of my Archpastoral supplication
for the day on which legalized abortion will end, with blessing I remain
Most sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Metropolitan Nicholas
This Archpastoral Letter is to be read in every church of
the Diocese in addition to the sermon on Sunday, December 31 prior to the