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More than 35 members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America joined in celebrating the Divine Liturgy Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church here. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, the bishops celebrated a memorial service for the repose of the soul of His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
The bishops are gathered in Dallas for the fifth annual meeting of the Assembly of Bishops.
In opening remarks following the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, said that the Assembly’s convening would “certainly send a clear message to the world that we, the members of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops, are all one in Christ through His life, death and resurrection. We have begun our work with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, and the partaking of His One Body and Blood, thus constituting His One Holy, Undivided and Sacred Body. “
His Eminence called on the Assembly to intensify its work in preparation for the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, which is scheduled to be held in the Spring of 2016 in Constantinople.
The Assembly remains “prayerfully and painfully aware of developments” in the US and abroad, said His Eminence, including the persecution of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, the violence in Ukraine that has caused suffering for our Orthodox brethren, and attacks, both direct and indirect, on our Faith in various forms of atheism, agnosticism and perverse religiosity, including a constant attempt by society to redefine what is moral.
In the afternoon session, the Assembly’s committees provided reports on their activities. Church and Society, Ecumenical Relations, Legal, Military Chaplaincy, Monastic Communities, Pastoral Practice, Theological Education, Youth and the newly-formed Committee for Agencies and Endorsed Organizations reported on their progress since Assembly IV and their plans for the coming year.
The Canonical Affairs committee made a presentation on the creation of a clergy database which, once completed, will be accessible to the faithful on the Assembly’s web site. A second presentation highlighted the benefits of “Bulletin Builder,” a program that revolutionizes the creation of parish bulletins and significantly enhances communication within and between parishes. The program was created by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s Department of Internet Ministries and is now offered free of charge to all parishes in the Assembly.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, is among the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church in America participating in the gathering, which is slated to close on September 18.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America commenced its fifth annual meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014 with a Pan-Orthodox clergy-laity gathering in Dallas, TX. Some 200 people attended, including more than 30 bishops representing the member jurisdictions of the Assembly.
The evening began with a Doxology—a service of thanksgiving—presided over by the Chairman of the Assembly, His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America. He welcomed those in attendance, remarking that the Doxology was an opportunity to thank God for all His gifts and for bringing the Assembly together once again. He expressed his wish that the evening would make the faithful more aware of the sacred and great work that the Lord is doing through the Assembly.
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Following the Doxology, a panel of bishops answered questions submitted by those in attendance. Questions pertained to the work of the Assembly, including youth ministry, inter-church relations, evangelism and outreach, and challenges facing the Orthodox Church today, including questions of language, administrative reorganization, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Five bishops were on the panel: Archbishop Demetrios (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America); His Grace, Bishop Basil (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America); His Grace, Bishop John (Russian Orthodox Church in the USA), His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese); and His Grace, Bishop Gregory (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese). The panel was moderated by Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, a member of the Assembly’s Secretariat.
The evening concluded with a meal and fellowship in the church hall.
The Assembly is grateful to the parish of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which hosted the event, and the numerous Orthodox parishes in the Dallas area that helped make the evening fruitful.
The event was professionally videotaped and will be available on the Assembly’s web site in the near future.
The Assembly’s official deliberations began on Tuesday, September 16, after a morning Divine Liturgy and memorial service for His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory, who passed away in March 2014.
A Ground Blessing ceremony for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center here has been set for Saturday, October 18, 2014 at noon.
The ceremony will include a combined prayer service of blessing of the site, a Doxology (a service of thanksgiving) and a memorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The small Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas, which was established in 1916, was completely obliterated on September 11, 2001 when the South Tower fell. The new Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be rebuilt only a short distance away at 130 Liberty Street, overlooking the 9/11 Memorial.
His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America will preside at the historic event with the participation of the hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It will be attended by dignitaries and officials of the City of New York, officials of the States of New York and New Jersey, chaplains and interfaith representatives, family members of victims of 9/11, representatives of Archdiocese institutions and organizations and many faithful Orthodox Christians.