Statement from Metropolitan on Orlando Shooting

The early morning tragedy that occurred in Orlando grieves us deeply. The order and peace which is prevalent in our great nation is broken with such hatred and violence. We join the religious leaders of our nation who promote the virtues of peace and love, and our civil leaders who seek justice and order.

May the healing hand of our Lord be upon all those who were injured. Let us pray for the loved ones of those who were tragically killed and wounded. May God show forth His spirit of discernment and wisdom upon the authorities who are responding to this act of terror and hate.

In this moment of darkness, let us continue to be the light that will shun any form of hatred. May God’s healing power be upon the people of Orlando and the people of our nation.

- Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos

Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

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