His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will address thousands of pro-life marchers at the annual March for Life here on Wednesday, January 22, 2003.
A well-known spokesman for the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of life, Metropolitan Herman has participated in the annual march for many years.
According to representatives of the national Orthodox Christians For Life [OCL], Orthodox Christian marchers will gather under the prominently displayed OCL banner at the Washington Monument at 11:00 a.m. At noon, Metropolitan Herman will address marchers from across the US during a formal program at the site. At 1:00 p.m., marchers will make their way to the US Supreme Court, where Metropolitan Herman will offer memorial prayers for the millions of innocent children who lost their lives to abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion on demand thirty years ago.
Later the same day, Metropolitan Herman also will be seated on the dais and deliver the benediction at the annual Rose Dinner at the Hyatt Regency North West at 7:00 p.m. The dinner gathers pro-life leaders from around the country and throughout the world.
On Tuesday, January 21, the eve of the march, Metropolitan Herman will celebrate a Service of Thanksgiving at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, at 6:00 p.m. In addition to offering petitions for abortion victims and the return to public policy which acknowledges the sanctity of all human life, Metropolitan Herman will meet with pro-life activists from around the country. It is anticipated that over 1000 Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, seminarians, and laity will be present for this year’s march.
Last minute ticket information for the Rose Dinner may be obtained by contacting the Very Rev. John Kowalczyk at 570/876-1241 or Deacon John Protopapas of Orthodox Christians For Life at 631/271-4408.