Scout Sunday - February 5, 2017
Scout Sunday is an annual event among all faiths which recognize the good work that is done by Scouts in our religious communities. The observance of Scout Sunday tradition was started years ago to make people in the church aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out of what is pledged each week.
OCN Share the Light Sunday is January 15, 2017
The Assembly of Bishops has designated January 15, 2017 as Orthodox Christian Network "Share the Light Sunday". Now more than ever, we need to focus on the next generation of Orthodox leaders. The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) has decided to take this concern and address it in a real and impactful way. In addition to our strong media ministry presence on multiple platforms, we will spend 2017 focusing on identifying and highlighting thirty Orthodox individuals who exhibit strong leadership and mentor skills in their community and who are under the age of thirty.
Nativity Message from the Assembly Chairman
On this most blessed day of Christ’s Nativity, we are encouraged to direct our hearts and minds not only to the spectacle of lights, the sounds of carols, and the tastes of savory food, but to the horror of darkness, the chaos of war, and the sound of grumbling stomachs of our brothers and sisters. This occurs overseas but also in our own backyard.
New Map of Bishops and Parishes Available on the Assembly Website
An updated map of Orthodox bishops and parishes in the US is now available on the Assembly's website.
Message of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America
We, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, gathered in Detroit, Michigan, for our seventh annual meeting on October 4-6, 2016 greet you with love in Christ as we offer glory and thanksgiving to Him. Forty-one hierarchs assembled in order to recognize and reinforce our unity in the Orthodox faith.
Address of the Chairman His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America at the 7th Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America
Having approached and partaken in the Holy Eucharist as members of the Body of Christ, we convene here in Detroit, Michigan. It is a city whose people have experienced the results of decades of neglect, isolation, and abandonment, but now steadily move forward on the path of transformation towards a renewed life. I cannot help but reflect upon the idea of transformation in our case. We truly need a transformation in Christ, with Christ, and for Christ leading to unity, holiness and effective service. And if this is so, we must, following the Apostle Paul, strive to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the sharing of His sufferings (Phil. 3:10), and following the Apostle Peter, with a sincere love for the brethren and from a pure heart let us love one another intensely (1 Peter 1:22).
Assembly of Bishops Discusses Religious Liberty, Reviews Committees Work, Encourages Pan-Orthodox Cooperation
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States began the 2nd day of its annual meeting with a special forum dedicated to the important subject of religious freedom. Three highly accomplished scholars presented. The Assembly also spent considerable time reviewing the work of its committees and recommended ways to advance their work.
Hierarchs Gather in Detroit for Annual General Assembly Meeting, Recommit to Pan-Orthodox Mandate
When we speak together as an Assembly of Bishops, we do so with the authority of the Church; we do not speak as jurisdictions or merely as representatives, but as a single body of Orthodox Hierarchs who are committed to sharing the transformative light of Christ with our local society.
Assembly to Convene 7th Annual Meeting in Detroit
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will hold its Seventh Annual Meeting from October 4-6, 2016 in Detroit, MI. This year’s meeting will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary in Livonia, MI on Tuesday, October 4th.
OCF College Student Sunday is October 2
The Assembly of Bishops has designated Sunday, October 2, 2016 as OCF College Student Sunday.
Revised Atlas of American Orthodox Monasteries Now Available
The second revised edition of the widely popular Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries has been released by the Assembly of Bishops.
June 12 is Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday
The Assembly of Bishops has designated June 12, 2016 as Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday.
Official Website of Holy and Great Council Now Online
The official website of the Holy and Great Council is now online.
Chairman's Message for Great and Holy Pascha 2016
Beloved and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, For more than forty days, we have walked upon the most blessed path of Great and Holy Lent. During this time, we have engaged in a spiritual struggle to grow closer to Christ; we have increased our fasting; we have intensified our prayers; we have expanded our charitable love for our neighbor; we have cried, confessed, and repented.
Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches to Hold Common Prayer Service
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America (SCOOCH) are pleased to announce that a “Common Prayer Service” will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 21, 2016, at St. Gabriel Syriac Orthodox Church (750 Sunset Avenue) in Haworth, N.J.
Sunday of Orthodoxy
As we celebrate the great feast of Sunday of Orthodoxy and mark the restoration of the holy icons in the Church, we join our own family and friends in our parishes not only to bear holy icons in our hands, but to also become living icons of Christ and, by God’s grace, to proclaim our common Orthodox faith in the world.
Atlas of American Orthodox Monasteries Now Available
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America announces the publication of the first-ever Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries.
Orthodox Scout Sunday is February 7
The Assembly of Bishops has designated February 7 as "Orthodox Scout Sunday".
Catholic and Orthodox Christians Affirm Sanctity of Life, Invite People into the Embrace of Christ
On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred.
Orthodox Christian Network "Share the Light" Sunday is January 17
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA has designated Sunday, January 17, 2016 as Orthodox Christian Network "Share the Light" Sunday.