A Letter from the Orthodox Christians of Japan
From the Director of External Church Relations.
“Christ is …in our midst!
…This terrible earthquake hit the whole East Japan diocese and devastated the whole city of Sendai, where the episcopal throne of the diocese exists, and almost all the regional orthodox communities which exist along the Pacific coast.
By order of His Eminence Daniel, the Metropolitan Council has been trying to get information from the beginning of the incident but does not have enough exact information about the East Japan diocese, because the telephone and internet lines are not working properly. They are mostly destroyed and other lines are restricted by the national authorities for the emergency priority.
However, by now we confirmed that at least the clergy of Sendai orthodox church including Bishop Seraphim is safe. According to Bishop Seraphim, most of the church buildings in Tohoku parish along the Pacific coast are severely damaged.
There are 24 churches in Tohoku parish. These churches are ministered by 5 priests. Out of these 5, one priest is missing. We have no exact information about the safety of the parishioners.
Fortunately, the Holy Resurrection Cathedral of Tokyo and the building of the Metropolitan Council are totally saved by God’s grace.
His Eminence Daniel is praying fervently Christ our Savior have mercy upon Japanese orthodox faithful and Japanese nation, because the nuclear power plant in Tohoku parish is found in critical situation.
Please remember us Japanese orthodox christians in your fervent prayers.
We will provide further information as soon as the whole situation of the earthquake damage turns out clear.
With love in Christ
Fr Demitrios Tanaka
Director of External Church Relations
Holy Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan
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Lord, have mercy!!
- News from the Epicentre of the Japanese Earthquake… Orthodox Parishes Affected (02varvara.wordpress.com)
- Statement from Archbishop of Nippon Sei Ko Kai (kiwianglo.wordpress.com)