Πριν λίγο αναρτήθηκε σε ιστοσελίδα της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας της Ιαπωνίας, η 4η έκθεση του Ορθόδοξου Επισκόπου Ανατολικής Ιαπωνίας σχετικά με τις καταστροφές σε εκκλησίες και σπίτια των μελών της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας. Πιστεύουμε ότι πρώτιστο μέλημα των Ορθοδόξων Χριστιανών όλου του κόσμου είναι να βοηθήσουμε τους εκατοντάδες αδελφούς μας που έχασαν τα σπίτια τους και τις εργασίες τους ( κυρίως όσοι ασχολούνται με την αλιεία κλπ ) και, στη συνέχεια, να προσφέρουμε για την αποκατάσταση και των ναών ή των άλλων βοηθητικών κτιρίων. Στο τέλος του κειμένου ( στα αγγλικά ) θα δείτε τους τρόπους που μπορείτε να στείλετε την αγάπη σας, μέσω του International Orthodox Christian Charities και της ορθόδοξης ιεραποστολής στη Χαβάη των ΗΠΑ. Επίσης, μπορεί κάποιοι να προσφέρουν και απευθείας στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία της Ιαπωνίας. Μεγάλο μέρος της ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας θα διανεμηθεί και σε χιλιάδες κατοίκους της Ιαπωνίας, ανεξαρτήτως θρησκεύματος. Σας παρακαλούμε να προσευχηθείτε και την ανάπαυση των ψυχών των κεκοιμημένων αδελφών μας, μερικοί από τους οποίους ήταν αβάπτιστοι. Σας παρακαλούμε να προσευχηθείτε για όλο τον ιαπωνικό λαό και ευχόμαστε να βρει τον Ιησού Χριστό και την Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία Του.
Panichida for the victimes at Holy Ascension Church in Sakari
Aftershock quaking still happens three or four times every day and last night, another magnitude 7 earthquake occured near Sendai and hit the damaged building and suffered people’s heart again.
Since the disaster happened, Bishop Seraphim and clergies in Eastern Japan Diocese have been making great effort to contact with parishioners and to get information on their situation. For the first two weeks, shortage of gas and damaged roads disturbed direct visit to their flocks.
Recently rubbles were pushed out from the main roads to the coast were opened to the traffic. On April 5 and 6, Bishop Seraphim visited the church and parishioners.
This is the short report with newest information we received.
In General, the damages of Orthodox communities were not in the worst level. Except Holy Annunciation Chapel in Yamada, all the church and chapels survived and stands fairly well at a glance. But examining carefuly, there found many cracks on the walls, damages on interior and exterior of the building and serious collaps on the foundation. And frequent aftershok quaking increases cracks and enlarge damages. It is supposed quite a big amount will be needed to restore and rebuild churches.
Among 1.5 thousands ( 1500 Orthodox Christians ) parishioners in Tohoku area; seven were killed by tsunami, one died from shock of the earthquake. In coastal area many losts their houses and job. Countless people had damages on their houses, shops and offices. Diocese has not yet had clear grasp of their situation.
*YAMADA (registered parishioners:15 families, 20 pax)
Half of the city was destroyed by tsunami and fire. The Holy Annunciation in Yamada had stood against tsunami, but tsunami delivered gas and oil on the surface, then in midnight, caught fire. The chapel was burned out.
There are 15 families Yamada parish, most of them lost houses, shops and job. Matrona YOKOTA Nobuko is still missing.
Most of parishioners are engaged in marine products business under local companies, which were totally devastated. They have no future prospect for income.
*KESENNUMA(2 families, 8 pax)
The Holy Resurrection Chapel in Kesennuma, thanks God, was saved. Tsunami stopped in front of the church with a few meter distance. But now, a huge rock was found on the cliff just behind the chapel . If this huge rock fall down, the chapel will be crushed at one strike. To remove the danger, discussion is necessary with city office and the land owner.
Two families belong to Kesennuma parish. All of them are safe but their house and means of liveing, (they managed drug stores) were completely destroyed. After tsunami, they stayed in the shelter. This week, one family moved to a relative’s house and the other moved to church meeting house.
*SAKARI (32 families, 127 pax)
Holy Ascension Church was not destroyed but many cracks were found on the wall.
Among the parishioners, two families lost thier house and an office. Many of the parishioner had damages on their house.
In addition to the three victimes(Lyubov ISE Miho, Peter ISE Taigi, Martha ISE Ai) informed in the previous report, one parishioner’s family member, not yet baptised, SATO Eigo is still not found.
*ISHINOMAKI (60 families,133 pax)
Water flooded in 40 cm depth into the church and left a lot of mud and dirt. On April 5, the members of Ishinomaki parish cleaned in and out of the church, with help of members from Sendai.
In addition to Nikanol Kami Tsutom (reposed), Andrei YONESATO Kimiyosi (was in the missing list) was found dead. His son Feodosii Hajime is still not found.
The destroyed church, shown in news paper and in many websites, is old church built in 1879, preserved as a city cultural asset in the Nakase sandbank park. The present church was built in 1978.
KANNNARI (15 families, 44 pax)
St. John the Apostle Church was built in 1934. By this earthquake, she got many cracks on the wall and collaps on the foundation. The bell tower is leaned. The estimated restoration cost is 60 thousand US$. After the estimation, a strong aftershock occured on Apr.7 and hit the damaged building; the cross on the cupola was broken, the cracks in the foundation became larger, mortars were peeled from walls. More money will be needed.
SENDAI(185 families,435 pax)
A parishioner’s family member, YAMAMOTO Michiko (not yet baptized) is missing. Due to repeating earthquakes and after shock, many cracks appeared on the office building next to church. Detailed investigation is necessary. After the strong aftershock, many of new cracks were found.
FUKUSHIMA (belong to Sendai parish)
There are two families living further than 30 km from the nuclear power station. Koyama family who lived within 10 km from the station moved to somewhere, according to their friend.
WAKUYA (16 families,42 pax)
Moisei NAKAGAWA Iyoji in the missing list was found dead. His wife Sophia NAKAGAWA Tsuneko was found earlier.
SANUMA(9 families,13 pax)
The Holy Transfiguration Chapel stood against the earthquake, but distorted. Large scaled restoration or reconstruction is supposed to be necessary.
The aftershock quaking still continues and add damages on damages. The restoration work takes years and years. Long term support will be necessary. Specialist says much more longer than in the case of Kobe.
April 7, 2011
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Nearly a month after the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded struck the eastern coast of Japan and touched off a devastating tsunami, earthquakes continue to rattle the nerves of survivors and complicate relief efforts. More than thirty earthquakes measuring 6.0 and above on the Richter scale have been experienced in eastern Japan as efforts to assist survivors and rebuild continue.
Over the past three weeks the staff of the Sendai Diocese of the Orthodox Church in Japan have been working to assess the needs of survivors, account for the Orthodox faithful and survey the condition of Church properties along the coastal areas impacted by the disasters.
Six Orthodox faithful were lost in the disasters, four are still missing and one church was totally destroyed by the tsunami and fire, reported Fr. Clement Kodama, Secretary to Bishop Seraphim of the Sendai Diocese.
The Orthodox Church of Japan will convene a meeting of its bishops on April 12 in Tokyo to hear reports on the current needs in the disaster area and plan for the continued response and reconstruction efforts.
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has extended offers of assistance to the Orthodox Church in Japan to provide essential aid, as needed, and will support efforts to provide assistance as the disaster response moves into the recovery phase.
While immediate relief supplies have been provided to shelters serving survivors of the disasters, access to the disaster-affected areas is restricted and travel and communication remains difficult due to the road conditions, rationing of gasoline, rolling blackouts and intermittent telephone service.
Thousands of people displaced by the earthquake, tsunami and radiation have been sheltered by relatives outside of the disaster zone as authorities in the prefectures begin construction of over 10,000 temporary homes.
«The earthquake and tsunami were something unreal, but people’s spirits are still high and they encourage each other,» reported Fr. Mark Koike, an Orthodox priest in Tohoku. «As sad as each story is, there are miracles we encounter.»
Fr. Mark related the story of one parishioner who was desperately looking for her aged mother near their house that had been destroyed by the tsunami. She located the site of the house and found the family cross standing upright in the rubble.
«She said she found the bright light in the darkness,» said Fr. Mark.
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.
How You Can Help
You can help the victims of disasters around the world, like those in Japan, by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit www.iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 630225, Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225.
DONATE NOW to Orthodox Christian Church in Japan. ΔΩΡΕΕΣ ΜΕΣΩ ΠΙΣΤΩΤΙΚΗΣ, ΧΡΕΩΣΤΙΚΗΣ ΚΑΡΤΑΣ για την Ιαπωνία και τον ιαπωνικό λαό. Les dons à l’Église orthodoxe du Japon, Spenden an die Orthodoxe Kirche von Japan,التبرعات للكنيسة الأرثوذكسية في اليابان ,შეწირულობის იაპონიის მართლმადიდებელი ეკლესია, Донације за православне цркве у Јапану, Дарения на Православната църква на Япония,Donacioneve të Kishës Orthodhokse të Japonisë,Lahjoitukset ortodoksinen kirkko Japanin,Donationer till den ortodoxa kyrkan i Japan, Las donaciones a la Iglesia Ortodoxa de Japón,Le donazioni alla Chiesa Ortodossa del Giappone,Darowizny na rzecz Kościoła prawosławnego w Japonii, Пожертвування Японська Православна Церква, Ахвяраванні Японская Праваслаўная Царква, Пожертвования Японская Православная Церковь, Doações para a Igreja Ortodoxa do Japão, 捐贈的東正教教會在日本, 기부금 일본에서 정교회로, 寄付日本の正教会, Lahjoitukset ortodoksisen kirkon Japanissa, Donationer till den ortodoxa kyrkan i Japan, Donasjoner til den ortodokse kirken i Japan, Les donacions a l’Església Ortodoxa al Japó, Skenkings aan die Ortodokse Kerk in Japan, Donationer til den ortodokse kirke i Japan, Annetused õigeusu kiriku Jaapan, Dary do pravoslávnej cirkvi v Japonsku, Dary do pravoslavné církve v Japonsku,Bağış Japonya’da Ortodoks Kilisesi’ne, जापान में रूढ़िवादी चर्च को दान
Bishop Benjamin has sent out special petitions for use in the Litanies.
Below are a set of petitions for the Augmented Litany which you are blessed to use during the Divine services for the next 30 days which pertain to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. They were forwarded to my by Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia: — Bishop Benjamin
Again we pray for the suffering people of Japan: for the families, friends and communities enduring bitter sorrow and tragic loss: for the wounded and the grieving; that the Lord Our God will look upon them with mercy and will heal, comfort, strengthen and shelter them in His love.
Again we pray to Thee, O Lord and God, for the repose of the thousands of precious souls departed this life in the earthquake; specially those whose earthly sojourns have ended suddenly, without repentance; give them rest where all sickness, sorrow and sighing have passed away: hear us, O Lord, and have mercy.
Again we pray for all those working for Japan’s relief and recovery; specially our Orthodox brethren ministering in behalf of all to those in desperate need: and for all who are anxious and fearful; that they may persevere in their struggles and find consolation, hope and courage in Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Our God.
Again we pray that we may be preserved from wrath, pestilence, earthquake, flood, fire, the sword, terrorist attack, civil war and sudden death: and that Our God, Who loves mankind, may be gracious, merciful and easy to be reconciled to us: that He may deliver us from the righteous judgment impending against us, and have mercy on us.
Prayer for the People of Japan
His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco
Almighty Lord, You Who are most merciful and compassionate, we beseech You to calm the earth and waters and bring peace and healing to all those who are suffering from the devastating earthquake in Japan.
Grant them Your strength to endure the hardships they are facing and the courage to rebuild their country.
We also ask, O Lord, that you grant eternal repose to all those who have lost their lives and receive them into Your Kingdom.
May You stretch forth Your mighty hand upon their families who are suffering not only at the loss of their loved ones, but for the loss of their homes and homeland.
You, O Lord, are the calm of every storm and You are the Hope for all those who call upon Your name, and to You we ascribe glory, together with Your eternal Father, and Your All-Holy, Good, and Lifecreating Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
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Οι τελευταίες ειδήσεις από τις Ορθόδοξες ενορίες της Ανατ. Ιαπωνίας ( ονόματα κεκοιμημένων, αγνοουμένων – στα αγγλικά και ιαπωνικά ).The latest news from Orthodox Christian churches in Japan. Donations, Δωρεές μέσω διαδικτύου.
UPDATE – Ανανέωση 24/03 : H Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία της Κορέας συγκεντρώνει οικονομική βοήθεια για την Ιαπωνία. Στέλνουμε ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια μέσω του IOCC ( πιστωτική κάρτα ), Orthodox Church in Japan to Provide Aid to Coastal Communities. Προσευχή και αγωνία για τον Ιαπωνικό λαό και τους Ορθόδοξους αδελφούς στην Ιαπωνία.
Οι Εγκύκλιοι των Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών Αμερικής για βοήθεια στην Ιαπωνία και στην Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία Ιαπωνίας.Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Prayers and Aid for Japan. Αναμένονται αποφάσεις Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών Ελλάδος, Κρήτης, Κύπρου, Αυστραλίας, Καναδά και Δωδεκανήσων για ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια.
Orthodox Church in Japan Assesses Needs of Survivors, Searches for Missing Priest. Τεράστια η ανάγκη για ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια ( τσουνάμι-ραδιενέργεια ) προς τον Ιαπωνικό λαό μέσω του IOCC. Συγκλονιστικό βίντεο από Αϊτή, η οποία μαστίζεται από χολέρα που θα πλήξει 800.000 κατοίκους της !
The Orthodox Church in Japan – Japanese Orthodox Church. Προσευχή για τον ιαπωνικό λαό και τους Ορθόδοξους Ιάπωνες αδελφούς μας. Οι πρώτες ανταποκρίσεις για τους Ορθόδοξους Ιάπωνες του Σεντάι ( αγγλικά ).