My Beloved Ones,
I greet you with love and joy in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I wish to express my sincere thoughts and prayers to the community of Baton Rouge, Louisiana which in recent days has seen terrible weather conditions: flooding, which has affected 40,000 homes, displaced 8,000 people into emergency shelters, and at present, has claimed the lives of 13 people.
As Hierarch of this Holy and God-protected Metropolis of Atlanta, my thoughts and prayers are especially with our community of Holy Trinity in Baton Rouge. I was very relieved to hear from Fr. Anthony Monteleone that while the church has suffered heavy water damage and is not fit for use at the present moment, repair costs are being assessed, a temporary facility for Divine Services is under consideration, and—most importantly—no members of Holy Trinity were injured or suffered loss of life
Apostles, you have assembled today from earth's furthest reaches here in this town of Gethsemane; now, therefore, bury my body. And You, my Son and my God, receive my departing spirit.
Ἀπόστολοι ἐκ περάτων, συναθροισθέντες ἐνθάδε, Γεθσημανὴ τῶ χωρίω, κηδεύσατέ μου τὸ σῶμα, καὶ σύ, Υἱὲ καὶ Θεέ μου, παράλαβέ μου τὸ πνεῦμα.