Beloved and dear Mrs. King,
Your Eminence, Archbishop Spyridon of America,
Your Grace Bishop Alexios,
We have come to this shrine of memory today, as a humble apostle of peace, to pay tribute to another apostle of peace. As a token of our love and our gratitude, we offer this wreath as a sign of the wealth of God’s creation. In doing so, we remember another sign of reconciliation, the twig of the olive tree in the beak of the dove, which signaled the end of the flood. Although our peace is not yet complete, and the dream of Dr. King is not yet fully realized, we pray that this humble offering from our heart to yours, may be another sign that the flood of tears might one day cease.
Mrs. King, on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, we pray that the work of your noble husband will continue through this Center. We pray for you and your family, that the significance of his martyrdom for the American people and the people of the world, will ease the burden of your sacrifice of love.
Finally, we pray that his soul might abide at rest, in blessed repose and the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, through the grace and love and mercy of God. May his memory be eternal.