Assembly IV Concludes; Assembly Issues Statements to the Faithful
Sep 20, 2013
In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America agreed to issue two statements—one on the Church’s unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East. The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of Assembly IV.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America during its deliberations (photo © Dimitrios Panagos/GOA)
In other business, the Assembly voted unanimously to re-elect Bishop Basil as secretary and Metropolitan Antony as treasurer. Archbishop Demetrios recognized and commended them for their devotion to the Assembly over the past three years. The Assembly also reviewed and approved the 2014 budget. The Assembly expects to hold its next meeting in September 2014. More documents pertaining to the Assembly, including the minutes and 2014 budget, will be forthcoming on the Assembly's website.
The hierarchs concluded the meeting by singing the Apolytikion of Pentecost: Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. O Befriender of man, glory be to Thee.
Please also visit the official website of the Assembly http://assemblyofbishops.org
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- Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year
- Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment
- Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Present Violence in Iraq
- Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - August 15, 2014