April 16, 2013
Reverend Clergy and the Faithful of the Holy and God-protected Metropolis of Atlanta
My dearly beloved,
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:4-5
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I know that we were all so shocked and saddened by the terrible events in Boston yesterday. There are no words to describe the anguish being felt by the people of Boston today; our hearts and prayers go out to them. There are so many tragic stories, so much pain and suffering.
As Orthodox Christians, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12.) The reality of such evil and violence is a constant reminder of the need for the love of God in each heart and mind. For only He can provide the strength for the survivors and families of victims of violence, tragedy, disaster and illness. Only He can heal our wounds and make us whole again.
In the Divine Liturgy, we pray for the peace of the whole world. So each of us has the responsibility to pray, and to do whatever we can to make the world safer and more secure. Today we join together to pray that there are no more bombs or terrorist attacks. We pray for healing for the people who were injured and for their families, and for those who lost their lives unjustly, and their families and loved ones who mourn their loss.
We must pray together, so that His light may shine more brightly in this present darkness, illuminating hearts and minds with His love. I remain,
Paternally yours with love in Christ,
Metropolitan of Atlanta