Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oriental and Eastern Orthodox clergy meet on Vashon Island

From the Morning Offering blog...

The monastery hosted a gathering of local clergy serving Oriental and Eastern Orthodox parishes in the greater Seattle area. Priests of the Ethiopian, Coptic, and Armenian churches met together with members of the Washington Orthodox Clergy Association.

With the Islamic attacks taking place against Orthodox Christians throughout the Middle East, this gathering was particularly poignant. That the two Syrian bishops who were kidnapped some time ago, represented both the Oriental Orthodox, and the Eastern Orthodox churches, and were on a humanitarian mission together when kidnapped, made this gathering all the more important. It gave us all a chance to share our common Orthodox roots, and begin the process of building up brotherly support and friendship.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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