November 28, 2014
New York - On this wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, we Orthodox Christians often list all the things for which we are grateful to the Lord: health, a loving family, employment… This year , we would like to remind you of an old Russian saying: “Glory to Thee, O Lord, for all that I have, and thrice glory to Thee for all that I have not” ‒ the problems and trials facing our neighbors, both here in America and in every country with our parishes. Let us remember those who do not have enough money to live on, or whose families to not share with us the joy of a life in Christ.
Today, on Thanksgiving, we ask you to support our Church by making a generous donation to the Fund for Her Assistance ‒ for assistance to the Church Abroad. For more than half a century, this organization has supported our clergy in need, our youth, who chose to live their lives in the Church, and those suffering from natural disasters. Our Church is small, and we will only survive if we make every effort to support one another and those in need.
Even a small donation of 10 dollars will help a poor family send their child to St. Herman Conference, will buy bread for one of our priests in need, will pay a week’s salary of one of our Church members in Haiti, Uganda, or Indonesia. We humbly ask you to be generous and help our Holy Church with your contribution to the Fund for Assistance! May all those in need who receive our aid pray alongside us for their benefactors, saying, “Glory to Thee, O Lord, for the kindheartedness of our parishioners!”
I call down upon you God’s blessing,
Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad