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Episcopal Assembly (2- Chicago)

Author: Assembly of Orthodox Bishops
May 17, 2011

From May 25-27, 2011, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America will meet in Chicago.  This is the second such meeting, the first being held last year in New York.


ART. 1
Second annual meeting - Chicago 2011
A doua adunare anuala - Chicago 2011


“On Mid-Pentecost we hear the call of the Lord: ‘Whosoever thirsteth, let him come to Me and drink’ (John 7:37).  If this is so, then let us all run to Him. Whatever you thirst for - so long as it is not contrary to the Spirit of the Lord - you will find relief in Him.” -  St. Theophan the Recluse, 1815-1894.

Mid-Pentecost is, in the words of the Pentecostarion, “the middle of those days which commence with Christ God’s saving Rising and which are sealed by Pentecost.”  It is a most radiant and majestic feast in that it is ”illuminated by both the feasts” - flashing forth like a flawless diamond upon which brilliant light is shined from right and left, and gushing forth like a powerful fountain of water which is fed by two mighty streams.  Let us all quaff deeply of ”the waters of piety” which flow from Him Who is the very Well-spring of Life!  “Having been enlightened by the Resurrection and Christ the Saviour, O ye brethren, and having reached the midst of the feast of the Master, let us truly keep the commandments of God, that we may be counted worthy to celebrate the Ascension and be vouchsafed the coming of the Holy Spirit” (Doxastikon on the Praises).

Beginning on the Leavetaking of the feast of Mid-Pentecost, Wednesday, May 25th and continuing through Friday, May 27th, we members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America will gather in Chicago to pray and work together, doing our part in building up the Holy Church in this land to the glory of God and the salvation of souls.  Among things to be discussed during the sessions in Chicago will be the work of our Assembly’s thirteen committees, its Secretariat, and the fourteen agencies and endorsed-organizations.

The prayers of all our Christ-loving clergy, monastics and lay people are earnestly requested, that the same Spirit Whom our Saviour poured forth as Living Water to sate the thirst of His Holy Disciples might inspire us as we labor for His glory.

The Members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America

2 Comments to “Episcopal Assembly (2- Chicago)”

  1. Administrator Says:

    Let us hope that these Orthodox Bishops with parishes in North and Central America will take into account that many of us are citizens of these New World countries, that many of us are born here, and a growing proportion are converts. Let us pray that these Bishops will put our religious needs, and more importantly, the religious needs of our children, ahead of the political and national ambitions of their Mother Churches and foreign governments which support them. It must be remembered that, other than the Bishops of the OCA (Orthodox Church in America), all other Bishops here report to foreign, Old World churches. And so, are their loyalties here or there?

  2. Administrator Says:

    Sa speram ca acesti Episcopi ortodocsi avand parohii in America de nord si centrala, vor lua in seama faptul ca multi dintre noi suntem cetateni acestor tari din Lumea Noua, ca multi dintre noi suntem nascuti aici, si ca din ce in ce mai multi suntem convertiti. Sa ne rugam ca acesti Episcopi vor pune nevoile noastre religioase, si mai ales, nevoile religioase ai copiilor nostrii, inaintea ambitiilor politice si nationale ale Bisericiilor Mame si ale guvernelor straine care le sustin. Sa nu uitam ca, afara de Episcopii din OCA (Biserica Ortodoxa Americana), toti Episcopii de aici sa raporteaza la biserici straine din Lumea Veche.
    Si atunci, loialitatea lor este aici sau acolo?

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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.