Wednesday, August 30, 2023 – His Grace Bishop Irinej calls upon the most beloved clergy, monastics and faithful of the Diocese of Eastern America to offer heartfelt prayer, interceding for those affected, or in danger of being affected, by Hurricane Idalia and its devastating impact in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Our prayers, collective and personal, notes Bishop Irinej, are with those who have suffered loss of life and livelihood, the comfort and security of home and homestead.
Further, His Grace requests prayers for the safety of the first respondents and those who will come to the assistance of the response and recovery endeavors, those who offer shelter, food, clothing, and mercy; as well as those who now lie in the path of the storm, which continues to move further up the Southeastern States.
The Bishop remains in close contact with the clergy of the Miami Deanery, expressing his paternal love and concern for them, their families and their faithful, and all who now suffer alike in the wake and in the path of Hurricane Idalia’s destruction.
May our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, Whom the Sea of Galilee obeyed and returned to its former tranquility, always safeguard and steadfastly shield everyone from harm’s way, while embracing those who have been and will be affected by the raging of Hurricane Idalia. Amen!