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OCMC News - A Word from OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi on Mission Sunday

by Orthodox Christian Mission Center (Posted 3/9/2016)

OCMC News - A Word from OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi on Mission Sunday
This Sunday, March 13th, is Mission Sunday. Please pray for and support the vital efforts of the Church to share Christ and his message of salvation with the world!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We pray that the new year has already been full of blessings.

This year Mission Sunday falls on March 13th. As the official foreign missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, we invite you to join us in growing an awareness of Orthodox Missions while helping to share the Faith with people around the world this Lenten season.

Many people still do not know that through the OCMC the Orthodox Churches of the United States send and support several long-term missionaries and hundreds of short-term mission team volunteers each year to preach and teach the Faith, minister to youth, provide healthcare, and help the Church grow on nearly every continent. This service is offered by lay people and clergy, men and women, the young and the old. There are opportunities for everyone to bring the light of Christ to those who remain in darkness.

Please speak to your parish about Orthodox missions on Mission Sunday, March 13th, or at some point during Lent this year. Encourage your Sunday school teachers to use the lesson plans developed by the Mission Center to educate our children about this aspect of our Faith. Help them to use OCMC Coin Boxes to raise support for this vital work of the Church. Welcome people from your community to join an OCMC Mission Team or to serve as long-term missionary from your parish. A prayer, a gift, an offering of time to serve will touch the lives of hundreds of people and bring love to a world that needs it now more than ever.

Thank you for all that you have done and will do to continue the mission of the Church! None of it would be possible without you and the countless others who have answered the call to make disciples of all nations before you.

To learn more, or if you have any questions, please visit us online at www.ocmc.org, call us at 1-877-463-6784, or send an e-mail to missions@ocmc.org.

In Christ,

Fr. Martin Ritsi
Executive Director

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Prayer for Missions

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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