May 30, 2002
To the Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy of the Orthodox Church in America
From Protopresbyter Robert S. Kondratick, Chancellor
Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!
Please find below the Prayers for the 13th All-American Council and Election of the New Metropolitan of All America and Canada. These petitions have also been approved by the Holy Synod of Bishops and are to be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication at all Divine Services, beginning immediately.
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PRAYERS FOR THE 13th ALL-AMERICAN COUNCIL AND ELECTION OF THE NEW METROPOLITAN OF ALL AMERICA AND CANADA
to be inserted in the Litany of Fervent Supplication
Furthermore we pray that the Lord our Almighty and Eternal God, the source of all wisdom and understanding, will be present with us as we prepare to gather in Council; and that in our striving to serve and glorify Him He will enlighten us with right judgment and godly purpose to His glory and the building up of His Holy Church.
Again we pray that the Lord our God, the giver of every good gift, will look with favour upon His Church and bless and guide the minds and hearts of His people being gathered by the grace of the Holy Spirit; and that He will increase in us holy conversation, vigilance, fervent prayer, and trust in Him, guiding our plans and deliberations with faith and knowledge of His will for us.
Furthermore we pray that the Lord our God, Who raises up servants in every time and in every place as leaders for His people, will send His Holy Spirit upon us and so guide our minds and hearts that, inspired by His gifts of discernment and understanding, we may know and do His will as we prepare to elect a new Metropolitan.
Again we pray that the Lord our God, in His mercy and providential care for us, will call forth for His flock a true shepherd of wisdom and strength, blessing us with a Metropolitan to care for the well-being of our Church, and to unite His faithful people in a zealous confession of the Orthodox faith, in loving service to one another, and a bright witness to the glory of His Holy Name.