OCA Holy Synod to begin spring session March 18

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- The spring session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will be held at the Chancery here Tuesday, March 18 through Friday, March 21, 2014. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the meeting will coincide with a meeting of the Pension Board, which is slated to present its current strategic plan.  The SMPAC also will be meeting and will brief the Holy Synod on its current work and review the … [Read more...]

Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

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Source:  Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople By the grace of God, the proceedings of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches concluded today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Synaxis took place at the Phanar from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to … [Read more...]

Synaxis of the First-Hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches – March 6-9, 2014

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Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the First-Hierarchs of all the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches will gather from March 6-9, 2014, for a Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in order to deliberate on matters pertaining to the entire Orthodox Church throughout the world and procedural issues for the convocation of the Holy and Great Council, whose preparation is coming to an end. Prior to this, from March 4-5, … [Read more...]

The Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Romania Restore Ecclesiastical Communion

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Source: Jerusalem Patriarchate On Monday, the 21st of January/3rd of February 2014, the “Patriarchal decision on the agreement and restoration of the ecclesiastical communion” between the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate of Romania was completed and sealed. The decision had been interrupted because of the construction, on behalf of the Patriarchate of Romania, of a Church in Jericho without the approval of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The aforementioned agreement was … [Read more...]

Hierarchs Confirm Commitment to Assembly, Announce Plans for Assembly V

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America  On Tuesday, January 28, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America convened. Along with the members of the Executive Committee, the first hierarchs of all jurisdictions were invited to participate. In a spirit of mutual respect and fraternal love in Christ, the bishops reconfirmed their commitment to the Assembly process. They noted with concern the temporary … [Read more...]

OCA: Minutes, reports of Spring Metropolitan Council meeting posted

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Minutes and reports of the Spring Metropolitan Council meeting, held at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here February 4-6, 2014, are now available. Minutes Committee Reports Officers’ Reports Additional Reports See related story. … [Read more...]

LIVE TONIGHT! “Orthodox Unity: Bumps in the Road or End of the Road” on Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen, Sunday, February 23 at 8 PM Eastern

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REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE Ancient Faith Radio P.O. Box 748, Chesterton, IN 46304 … [Read more...]

The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA] - Faithful from parishes and villages across Alaska and the dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America began arriving early at the spacious Saint Innocent Cathedral here on the morning of Friday, February 21, 2014 for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-Elect David [Mahaffey] was consecrated to the episcopacy as Bishop of Sitka and Alaska. Over forty priests and deacons joined His Eminence, … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox patriarch orders U.S. leader to solve Salt Lake church dispute

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Source: The Salt Lake Tribune The conflict between the parish council and clergy at the Salt Lake Valley’s two Greek Orthodox churches has reached that faith’s highest authority: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The patriarch, who lives in Turkey, instructed Archbishop Demetrios, who oversees the American Greek church, "to solve the problem immediately," according to a recent article in The National Herald, a weekly Greek-American publication in New York. At issue in the four-year-long … [Read more...]

A Presentation: UPDATE ON THE WORK OF THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS in NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

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On Sunday February 9, 2014, a group of Southeast Florida Orthodox Christian laity and clergy  met in the Singer Island home of Demetra Galazoudis who hosted the event. George Matsoukas and Marlene Devo Buettner organized the gathering.  Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, who is a member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America and serves as Senior Consultant to the Assembly Coordinator for Committees and as Facilitator/ Liaison for the … [Read more...]