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Greek Orthodox Church’s transgender prayer NOT for transition surgery, hierarchy insists

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

The Greek Orthodox Church is hitting back at claims it has a prayer for people undergoing gender transition while strictly opposing any liberalising of the LGBT-rights laws.

Reports last week suggested a prayer, written by a senior Orthodox bishop in the 1980s and published in a book of prayer endorsed by the Church’s synod, affirmed and asked for God’s blessing on gender reassignment surgery.

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Metropolitan Theophilos takes part in the Easter Sunday mass procession inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City.Reuters

Titled ‘A Prayer at the Giving of a New Name Upon Modification of Gender’, it asks God’s blessing on the person undergoing transition and says, ‘for the biological alteration of nature is a wondrous work of Your all-powerful right hand and Your inscrutable will’.

But senior Orthodox officials are rejecting claims it applies to transgender, saying the prayer refers to

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