Archive for May 2008
Your Beatitude Metropolitan Herman,
Your Eminences and Your Graces, Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the OCA,
|Our Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America is presently under attack from the outside and from within. The dangerous and several years-long Dialogue between representatives of our Episcopate (which is under the Orthodox Church in America - OCA) and representatives of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of America (which is under the Romanian Orthodox Church) culminated in senior-level meetings this past February 2008 in Bucharest, Romania hosted by the Romanian Patriarchate. Although not always starting out this way, most of these discussions land up being about uniting our Episcopate with the controversial Archdiocese under the Romanian Patriarchate, and having us break our canonical coverage ties to the OCA. Our Episcopate is thus going down a very slippery slope towards subjugation under Bucharest. I addressed specific point-by-point concerns on this topic in my April 10, 2008 letter to His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel Popp, and to the five members of our Episcopate’s Dialogue Commission (Very Rev. Fathers, L. Lazar, Dialogue Commission Secretary/ Coordinator, R. Grama, I. Pacurar, C. Mitescu, and R. Rosco). Three documents were referred to: “AGREED STATEMENT” and “REGARDING THE DIALOGUE WITH THE ROMANIAN PATRIARCHATE” which are both available on our Episcopate’s website, and the third document, a “LETTER TO ARCHBISHOP NICOLAE FROM THE ROMANIAN PATRIARCH DANIEL” which is available in Romanian on the Archdiocese website.|
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PRAYER OF ST. EPHREM
O Lord and Master of my life,
leave me not with the spirit of laziness,
of despair, of domination, or idle words.
Rather, give me, your servant, the spirit of integrity,
of humility, of patience, and of love.
Thus, Lord, grant me the wisdom to see my own faults,
and not condemn my brother;
for You are blessed, now and forever. Amen.
Our Father, who are in heaven,
hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.