True freedom is embedded in orthodoxy. Year by year, we praise God and all those who have envisioned a life lived with freedom and sacrifice. However, the noble thought of freedom has been endangered and the peace of the people is disrupted through heinous acts of crime. Independence Day becomes more meaningful when we start the day with prayer and secure each others’ safety and prosperity of the freedom-loving country of the United States of America.
This noble duty of being a peacemaker and an enlightener is entrusted to each of us equally throughout all layers of society.
I wish you all a blessed 4th of July.
May God lead us all into a luminous life and may the divine peace of our Lord prevail.
Archbishop Hovnan Derderian