Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Encyclical

September 15, 2013

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Members of Philanthropic Organizations, the Youth and Youth Workers, and the entire Orthodox Christian Family in North and Central America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America will convene for its fourth meeting on September 17 – 19, 2013. On this day, marked as “Assembly Sunday,” we ask all clergy and faithful throughout the lands of which the Assembly is composed to offer prayers for safe travel, fraternal dialogue, and furtherance of the work of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Orthodox Church. The Assembly represents the hopes, aspirations and vision for the future of Orthodoxy for all Orthodox Christian faithful in North and Central America.

Our Assembly of Bishops is one of twelve bishops’ assemblies that have been established in different geographical regions throughout the world. It was established in accordance with the decision of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, convened in Chambesy, Switzerland, in June of 2009, attended by representatives from all the universally-recognized autocephalous Orthodox churches.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy we are asking the following prayer to be offered
at a special litany:
O Lord of Heaven and Earth and of all who dwell therein, we beseech you on behalf of
all the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central
America who are gathering this week in solemn convocation. Make their travel to and
from their meeting safe and sound; direct their deliberations to the glory of Your Holy
Name and the benefit of Your Holy Church; grant them a fraternal spirit founded in Your
love and Your grace, that in all they do and say, they may bring all honor, praise and
glory to Your Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever,
and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

With paternal love in Christ,
+ DEMETRIOS
Archbishop of America
Chairman Assembly of Canonical Orthodox
Bishops of North and Central America