Elder Zacharias on Conflicts in the World
Elder Zacharias on Conflicts in the World

Prayer is the answer to all challenges of life.

Elder Zacharias of Essex, noted Orthodox author and theologian who has visited St. Tikhon's many times before, is the featured guest at our upcoming Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage next month.  Here are his thoughts on how Christians should approach the conflicts in today's world...

We do not know everything about the conflicts of this world, nor is it necessary to know. We just pray with a compassionate heart for the peace of the world and for all. We do not take sides, because each side will be responsible for crimes, and we do not want to share in these crimes and be condemned. If we pray for those who are more wrong than right, well, we perform the commandment to love even enemies. And if we pray for those who are more right than wrong, we do well. Therefore, we cannot go wrong if we pray that God save all and grant peace to the world.

Especially for us, priests and monks, it is very important not to be political at all, because we offer our sacrifice to God, the Holy Liturgy, for the whole world; and if we are for some and against others, our sacrifice is annulled. I think that when there is a war, the best is not to be judgmental, but to have compassion and pray that the Lord may spare all from suffering. If my Liturgy is to have any value, no one should be missing from my heart when I stand before the altar of God and say to Him, ‘Thine own of Thine own, we offer unto Thee, in all and for all'.

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