Orthodox Christians to Mark 60th United Nations Anniversary

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

September 20, 2005
                                

NEWS RELEASE


ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS TO MARK 60th UNITED NATIONS
ANNIVERSARY WITH PRAYER SERVICE, OCTOBER 11th  


New York, NY - On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, the Joint Commission of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH) will sponsor their fifth annual Orthodox Prayer Service for the United Nations Community at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral (319 E. 74th St.) on Tuesday, October 11th, at 6:30pm.

Speakers will include His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America, and Ambassador Dr. Milos Prica, Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations.  The theme of their remarks will be "Building a Community to Work Towards Peace and Tolerance".  

Invitations to the Prayer Service have been extended to Orthodox Ambassadors and delegates of the various missions of the United Nations, Orthodox staff of the Secretariat, and the heads of Orthodox NGOs.  All Orthodox Christian faithful in the Metropolitan New York area are encouraged to participate and to join in praying for world peace and understanding.

Co-chairing the Joint Commission are: His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian (Armenian Church of America) and His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese).  Members of the UN Prayer Service committee are: Fr. Djokan Majstorovic (Serbian Orthodox Church); Rev. Dr. Robert Stephanopoulos (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese); V. Rev. Dr. Anthony DeLuca (Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church); V. Rev. Simeon Odabashian (Diocese of the Armenian Church); V. Rev. Chorepiscopos John Meno (Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese); Fr. Emmanuel Gratsias (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese); and Mr. David Lucs (Orthodox Church in America).


Contact:  Fr. Djokan Majstorovic
      Tel: 212-242-9240   Fax: 212-242-4864
      E-mail: frdjokan@stsavanyc.org