Thursday, March 26, 2020
An Athonite Vigil for the Whole World
The Holy Belt of the Theotokos, Vatopedi Monastery, Mount Athos (source)
This Friday evening, March 27th, 2020, all the Athonite Fathers of the Holy Mountain will be serving vigil in prayer for the whole world, that we might be delivered from the threat of Coronavirus. Besides fervent prayer to Christ and His Mother, they will also be seeking the intercessions of St. Charalampos the Hieromartyr, who has throughout history helped deliver many from plagues and infectious diseases (similar to how many are praying to St. Nikephoros the Leper along with the Holy Unmercenaries for help during this pandemic). May we pray for the Athonite Fathers out of thanksgiving for their unending prayer for the whole world, and may we join them, according to our ability, entreating our Lord to deliver us all.
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!