Message of His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on the Day of the Protection of the Environment(01.09.2009)3. September 2009 - 8:47
+ B A R T H O L O M E W
BY THE MERCY OF GOD ARCHBISHOP
OF CONSTANTINOPLE, NEW ROME AND
TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH
GRACE AND PEACE
FROM THE CREATOR OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE
OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
As we come again to the changing of the Church year, we reflect once more on the state of God's creation. We think about the past and repent for all that we have done or failed to do for the earth's care; we look to the future and pray for wisdom to guide us in all that we think or do.
These last twelve months have been a time of great uncertainty for the whole world. The financial systems that so many people trusted to bring them the good things of life, have brought instead fear, uncertainty and poverty. Our globalised economy has meant that everyone - even the poorest who are far removed from the dealings of big business - has been affected.
The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches has commemorated September 1, 2009 as the 20th anniversary of the Day of Prayer on the protection of the environment, and he urged all persons of faith to take up the prayer today. The first environmental prayer day was instituted by the late Patriarch Demetrios I in 1989. Since then, every first day of September has been designated a day of prayer for the protection of the environment throughout the Orthodox world.
In the St. Michael the Archangel parish in Lansing, IL the Slava and the 75th anniversary of the Kneginja Zorica chapter of the KSS was celebrated. Divine Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop Longin and His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher, accompanied by the parish priest Fr. Milos Vesin.
The Federation of Circles of Serbian
Sisters of the Eastern American Diocese celebrated their Krsna Slava,
the Falling Asleep of the Holy Theotokos, on Saturday, August 29, 2009
at the Most Holy Theotokos Monastery in Shadeland, Pennsylvania. His
Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America attended the Vespers service
on Friday evening, after which a dinner was served and members of the
Shadeland committtee held their regular meeting afterwards.