The Church is One and Indivisible

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 20th Triennial Church Assembly/Sabor

His Grace, Bishop Mitrophan, The Eastern American Diocese and Saint George Serbian Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio consider it an honor and privilege to host the 20 th Triennial Church Assembly/Sabor of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America

The Sabor will open with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Invocation of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 8:00 a.m.. All Sabor deliberations should conclude by Thursday, August 13, with the evening banquet. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Serbian Musicians Participate in International Conference on Orthodox Church Music

Bogdan Djakovic and Vera Carina, members of the Serbian Orthodox Church, participated in the recently concluded Third International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, hosted by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), at the University of Joensuu, Finland.

During the conference, Djakovic, who was a founding Board member of ISOCM, presented a paper on: Rediscovering a Serbian national style: problems in sacred architecture, church art and church music in the late 1930s: the case of the Orthodox choral music of Milenko Zivkovic and Carina presented a paper on: The Pancevo Singing Society as part of Serbian Culture.

The Decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on redistribution of dioceses

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, on its session on May 21, 2009, by the number ABno, 49/ord. 147, brought this decision:

Upon the clause 16 of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and with the established suggestion of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America and two members of the Holy Assembly of Bishops (His Grace Bishop Hrizostom of Zhicha and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka), to execute the redistribution of existing dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Midwestern American, Eastern American, Western American and Canadian of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada; and Dioceses for America and Canada of the Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, with certain renaming of their titles and moving of their seats, in order to the canonic territory of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the territory of the North and South America now is consisting of: