Another year of praying for an end to abortion and another peaceful, prayerful and successful West Coast Walk for Life! It was a joy to see so many Orthodox Christian clergy, monastics and faithful of so many jurisdictions. Special thanks to Father Serge Kotar for leading the service to end abortion; to Father Josiah Trenham, with the assistance of Emily Wilkinson, for organizing attendance by Southern Californians; and to Father Aris Metrakos of Holy Trinity Church and the wonderful staff at the Christopher Center for hosting them. We hope all are inspired and energized to incorporate sanctity of life prayer, service and education throughout the coming year.
You can download the PDF for the text of the service to end abortion here. You can also download the Encyclical of Metropolitan Evangelos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, on the recent New York abortion law here. While this encyclical responds to a recent event, it is also a concise statement on the Church's teaching on abortion. Its issuance is timely and greatly appreciated.
There are a couple of very nice post-Walk blog posts issued by the Walk for Life:
Link to "Christ is Risen, and Life Reigns" - a link to our live proclamation is at the end of the post here.
Link to photos by our OC Life SF Bay photographer, Aidan Garza here.
Please visit our Facebook page, Orthodox Christians for Life, San Francisco Bay Area, to see photos and short video clips covering the whole Walk for Life Pilgrimage weekend from poster making on Friday, to the service and walk on Saturday, to the presentation on Sunday. The links are posted below, but our page is public, so a Google search should get you there too.
Your support and participation in the efforts of Orthodox Christians for Life of the San Francisco Bay Area to ensure a gentle and loving presence of the sanctity of life teachings of our Holy Orthodox faith in our churches, and beyond, is greatly appreciated. And, if anyone wants to get more involved at any level or wants to start their own parish, city, or regional Orthodox Christians for Life group, please let me know as I would love to work with you. With love in Christ,
Photographs from Saturday taken by Aidan Garza (OCA) - and thank you Aidan for these fantastic photos!