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On the 41st Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Decision
By Fr. Demetrios Carellas, January 22, 2014.
The Horror of Abortion Icon
A Necessary Prelude
I am reaching out to any woman who has had an abortion, but—by God’s grace—has repented and had confession. What follows may cause you pain as you read it. I assure you that your tears of repentance and your confession has brought you God’s healing grace and forgiveness, so do not allow the evil one to cause you to have doubts about that. If you need reassurance of that forgiveness, please let me know, or—better yet—contact your spiritual father.
For those precious and deeply wounded souls who have yet to repent of their grave sin and seek God’s forgiveness, together with all those who share in that soul-destroying sin: doctors, nurses, counselors, parents, relatives, friends, clergy, legal and political figures, I pray that these words will help you to seek forgiveness and healing from God before you depart time and space, when your soul is separated from your body and is in the presence of the living God; for then, it will be too late to repent.
This article is quite limited in its scope and its length. In time, if God so wills, I hope to prepare a much more detailed account of this satanic holocaust and other ungodly actions which are considered "normal" today, as well as give some key facts on the biggest abortion provider in our nation: The ungodly organization known as Planned Parenthood.
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Today, January 22, 2014, marks the 41st anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision which destroyed the soul of our nation; for it legalized the murder of the most innocent and most defenseless of our brothers and sisters: the child in the womb. Since that darkest of days, there have been an estimated 56,662,169 abortions. In order to get a clearer picture of the horror of these 41 years of legalized infanticide please, carefully look at these ungodly averages:
1,382 million abortions every year
115,167 abortions every month
26,577 abortions every week
3,786 abortions every day
157 abortions every hour
2.6 abortions every minute!
How can this be, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ? Why has the womb become a tomb in so many women? How can the killing of pre-born babies be called a "sacred gift" by a member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood; or "sacred ground" by the U.S. House Minority Leader? What would cause the Governor of New York to recently state that "extreme conservatives who are right to life ... have no place in the State of New York"? Why, in the WebMD, the terminology in the pregnancy section talks of a baby’s development in the womb, whereas that baby becomes "contents" to be removed in the abortion section? How can people who are pro-abortion get elected to public office, and doctors who perform these murders for profit be allowed to continue to practice medicine? The answer is quite simple: A large percentage of the 75% of our citizens who call themselves Christians have left our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians [2:7], he reminds us that our Lord Jesus emptied Himself and took the form of a slave, and came to be in the likeness of men. Therefore, by doing so, as one of the hymns in the Feast of the Annunciation explains, He has made God-like the garment [our human nature] He has put on. O mystery! I contend that if we truly believed in Christ, as we should, that decision would have never even been handed down; because such a trial would have never taken place. I further contend, even if it did pass, it would have been very short-lived; because the clergy would have mobilized their flocks to pray and fast, and to admonish all who supported the ungodly law, as well as get it rescinded in a very short time.
I direct the remainder of this article to Orthodox Christians. Why have we—at best—benignly neglected, and—at worse—chosen to be indifferent on this critical issue of legalized abortion, especially, we the Clergy? To my knowledge only one presiding Orthodox hierarch, Metropolitan Tikhon of the OCA, chose to call this past Sunday, 1/19, Respect Life Sunday; and issue an encyclical. How many Orthodox priests or hierarchs gave sermons on abortion this past Sunday, or any Sunday? How many clergy and laity are actively involved in pro-life groups or pregnancy centers? How many Orthodox physicians who perform abortions have been admonished to repent and stop these murders? And if they do not, how many of them, as an act of LOVE for them and their salvation, have been excommunicated until they repent?
In Psalm 105 , the holy King and Psalmist David seems to be giving a prophetic account of what is going on today in our nation: And they sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons. And they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the carved images of Canaan. [Today, Canaan describes the secular humanistic, pleasure oriented, politically correct society in which we live.] And with streams of blood was the land polluted with murder, and it was defiled with their works. [vss. 34-35].
As Orthodox Christians, I believe that it is our sacred duty to be in the front lines of the struggle to stop this slaughter of God’s innocent ones. The child in the womb is totally defenseless and unable to speak in support of its sacred right to be born. Therefore, you and I must become their voice, their defenders. At the very least, can’t we offer daily prayers to God to deliver us, before these abortions cause the total destruction of our land, as well as the loss of salvation for so many people? A few years ago, I made icon-prayer cards available to many of you. A copy of the card is shown on the next page. If you would like hard copies, please e-mail me your address and the number of cards you desire. Try to offer the prayer at around noon your time.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, although St. Basil the Great uttered these words over 1650 years ago, they are most applicable today in our nation, where: abortion is legal, same-sex marriage is being promoted by the government and the media, homosexual couples are being allowed to adopt children, smoking pot is being legalized, and our youth are being adulterated by what they are being taught in the public schools: Today, while the overall teachings of the Fathers is under attack and the shipwrecks of Faith are numerous, the mouths of the faithful are silent!
May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, through the intercessions of our most beloved Panaghia, give us the grace that we need to become His instruments to SPEAK OUT and DEFEND the life of the pre-born child!
Your unworthy servant in Christ Jesus,
+Papa Demetri [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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Lord Jesus Christ, Who–at the 6th hour of the day–didst shed Thy precious Blood upon the Cross for the salvation of all mankind: receive the souls of all the innocent pre-born babies, who have been, are being, or will be slaughtered today in the hospitals and abortion chambers throughout our nation. And as their untimely deaths have prevented them from receiving the grace of holy Baptism, I entreat Thee to accept their innocent blood as their Baptism (as Thou didst with the early Martyrs); so that they can share eternity with Thee.
To the doctors, nurses, parents and hosts of accomplices responsible for this infanticide, grant tears of repentance; so that they can run to Thee for forgiveness and healing, and thus avoid the eternal death of their souls. I believe that all things are possible with Thee, O Lord. Therefore, I entreat Thee on this day–through Thy divine grace–to convince at least one mother in every state to cancel her abortion and bring her child to full term; and to convince one doctor in every state to repent of his actions, and never again kill a child in the womb.
Receive my prayer, O Lord, even though it is being offered to Thee from such a sinful and unworthy servant; and unite my entreaty with those of all the other brothers and sisters that are crying out today on behalf of all Thy little ones, who are now being formed in the wombs of their mothers. Deliver us and our nation, O Lord, from this shedding of innocent blood! Forgive us! Heal us! Save us! Amen.