A Pastoral Reflection on the administrative re-unification of our Church in North and South America
From its beginning the Holy Church has been, is, and ever shall be, above all the Body of Christ.
The Apostle Paul, while imprisoned in Rome between the year 61 and 63
AD, fostering in loving kindness and with patience one part of Christ's
Body, the young and tender Ephesine Christian community, wrote an
Epistle, which today is known as The Epistle of Apostle Paul to the Ephesians. The main themes of the Paul's address to teh Ephesians are: Christ as the head and the cornerstone of the Church, and The Unity of the Spirit and faith in the Church. Emphasizing the importance of the unity among the members of the one Body, i.e. Church, the Holy Apostle wrote:
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord,beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all" (Eph. 4:1-6, RSV).
The final day of the Assembly, Thursday August 13, began with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. The Liturgy was concelebrated by all the hierarchs present: His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher of Libertyville and Chicago, His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and the Midwest, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America, His Grace Bishop Mark of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, and His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America.
Liturgy on the second day was followed by taking of the official sabor photos
Metropolitan Christopher thanked God that our Assemblies have put greater emphasis on learning and deepening ourselves in the Faith, both in our presentations of committee work and in our speakers. He especially commended the young participants in the St. Nikolai of Zica Oratorical Festival, who edified us with their thoughts on Christian life.
Triennial Church Assembly (Sabor) of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America began on Tuesday,
August 11, 2009 at St. George Church in Canton, Ohio with the Divine Liturgy. A good
number of clergy and delegates began their work with receiving the Holy
Eucharist. The Invocation of Holy Spirit was then served by His Grace
Bishop Dr. Mitrophan.
Triennial Church Assembly (Sabor) of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America is set to begin on August
11, 2009 at
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio. The Assembly brings together the
hierarchs, clergy, congregation board presidents and congregation delegates
from all five dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America.