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Paraklesis to the Theotokos (Supplications to the Mother of God)
Paraklesis (Greek: Παράκλησις) or Supplicatory Canon in the Orthodox Church is a service of supplication (appeal) for the welfare of the living. It can be addressed to a specific Saint, but more often is offered to the Most Holy Theotokos. These intercessions are sought through the chanting of the supplicatory canon together with psalms, hymns, and prayerful petitions. Names of the living (especially those suffering from a physical or spiritual illness) can be offered to be mentioned during the service. Please indicate that the names are for the “Tuesday Paraklesis.”

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Hurricane Harvey


With all the tragic events happening in our world today: hurricanes earthquakes and shootings, it is comforting to know that our Orthodox Christian Church plays an active role in the recovery efforts. As a frontliner for the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) I can be deployed for any number of catastrophes to offer emotional and spiritual care (ESC). Following our deployment we are to submit a report to identify some of the work we encountered. The following is part of my incident report. The names have been changed to protect identities.

Some of the most touching visits I had with those that had lost everything were:

● Wheelchair bound woman, approximately 55 years old. Lives in 9 story building across the street. As soon as she realized that the Brown Convention Center was opened to those displaced she came over to lend a hand. Working off very little sleep. Was very emotional and shared many, many stories and encounters. The most telling was:

She took guardianship of a (total) stranger’s children (3 kids ages 7 and younger), while this stranger went into labor to deliver her fourth child.

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