October 21, 2014

Metropolitan Jonah requests prayers in anticipation of North America’s first Episcopal Assembly

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Metropolitan Jonah

Orthodox Church in America April 21, 2010

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] — In anticipation of the first North American Episcopal Assembly, slated to convene in New York City, May 25-27, 2010, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah has asked that special petitions be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication.

Under the chairmanship of His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Assembly will bring together all canonical Orthodox hierarchs across the continent.

Comprehensive and informative background information on events and deliberations leading to the convocation of the Assembly may be found on the web site of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas at www.scoba.us/resources/chambesy_documents.html.

Metropolitan Jonah and all diocesan and auxiliary bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will participate fully in the Assembly proceedings.

Petitions to be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication

V: That the Lord may grant our Hierarchs gathering in Episcopal Assembly to grow in wisdom and strength, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to increase in love for each other, deepening Christian fellowship so that conciliar decisions may build up a canonically united Orthodox Christian Church of the Americas, let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord have mercy! Lord have mercy! Lord have mercy!

V: That their work may be guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and that the Spirit of unity and love, of compassion and mutual respect, inspiring each to contribute what will build up the Body of Christ, may move us all to rejoice in the full unity of the Church, let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord have mercy! Lord have mercy! Lord have mercy!

V: Furthermore, we ask that God bless the work of all His People, uniting them for the building up of His Holy Orthodox Church of the Americas, let us pray to the Lord.

R: Lord have mercy! Lord have mercy! Lord have mercy!

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    Scott Pennington says:

    At first I was skeptical and a bit pessimistic about the above. But in reading and re-reading Met. Jonah’s petitions, it seems to me that he might not be under any illusion as to what the EA represents:

    “That the Lord may grant our Hierarchs gathering in Episcopal Assembly to grow in wisdom and strength, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to increase in love for each other . . .”

    One could compose those petitions and still believe that the EA’s were intended to move sideways, not forward. The petitions could be looked at as a prayer that those hierarchs involved who do intend for the EA’s to accomplish nothing might grow to change their minds.

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      George Michalopulos says:

      Scott, I pray you’re right. I shudder to think what account we Orthodox are going to give to our Lord at the dread judgment seat if this turns out to be just another, more sophisticated method to frustrate canonical unity and/or impose ethno-triumphalism on the American people.

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    Andrew says:

    Prayers are essential but so is transparency. There is no moral, canonical or spiritual reason not to broadcast the proceedings of the assembly online. I hope Metropolitan Jonah will advocate for such broadcasting so all of America can see how the leaders of the Church work.

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      Geo Michalopulos says:

      I’m totally with you Andrew on this one. The only things that should be kept secret in the Church are confessions, giving, and in the case of councils, perhaps deliberation regarding certain moral issues relating to specific individual ordinands.

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