THE ORTHODOX CATHOLIC COMMUNION
OF THE EAST & WEST (OCCEW)
THE SYNOD OF ORTHODOX CATHOLIC BISHOPS INTERNATIONAL
A UNITED SACRAMENTAL COMMUNION & SYNOD OF EASTERN
& WESTERN ORTHODOX CATHOLIC JURISDICTIONS AND
BISHOPS. WE HAVE DETERMINED WITH ONE RESOLVE, TO LIVE
OUT THE GOSPEL IN THE SPIRIT OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN
CHURCH IN FULL EPISCOPAL COLLEGIALITY.
The OCCEW and her sister organization
SOCBI were formed in obedience to the expressed will
of Our Savior God and in answer to the call of the
Holy Spirit among us. In St. John 17, Our Most Holy
Redeemer prays to the Heavenly Father, "that
they all might be one". The only "liturgia"
(service rendered) to organize and bring this to fruition
among us, was to proclaim with a united voice the
extant union we realized had already existed. In essence,
the only effort any of us put forth was to conform
to the perfect will of the Almighty and thank Him
for His abundant grace and favor towards us. This
is the work of the Comforter as promised by Christ-God
to the Apostles prior to his glorious Ascension to
heaven. We are convinced there are countless more
concerned souls like us who share these same aspirations.
All they need do in order to share in our Blessing
is what we have done: proclaim as a witness in obedience
to the Divine will that union which in fact has already
taken place . This is precisely how the pre-denominational
Church understood what and who constituted the Mystical
Body of Christ. One only needs to prayerfully read
the Book of Acts or any of the Pauline Epistles to
become so enlightened. Union was not merely an idle
concept to the undivided Church. The brethren lived
this aspect of their spirituality daily in prayer,
word, deed, Sacrament, unconditional love and mutual
respect among all believers.
What is it this already accomplished
organic union has for its source(s)? It is those holy
vessels which form the Orthodox Deposit of Faith.
They are the Sacred Scriptures, the three ancient
Creeds, the Ecumenical Councils (325-787 inclusive),
the wisdom of the Church Fathers, the Historic Episcopate,
the Seven Sacraments and the historic Liturgies of
the East and West. In addition and by way of summary,
we have those Sacred Traditions which have born witness
to the Church as a living tribute to "the Faith
once and for all given".
We have adopted as a basic premise
for union that which goes to the very heart of this
Holy Spirit inspired "liturgia" among us.
If a jurisdiction seek to join with us, its Bishops
should have no need to change, add, or make concessions
on articles of belief, of which they are convicted.
It is not the intention of the OCCEW and its Synod
of Bishops (SOCBI) to force union where it does not
already exist. Neither do we expect others to follow
us in blind docility in order to become members. It
is entirely conceivable that such differences might
exist, as for example, the recitation of the Nicene
Creed with the "filioque". In all such matters,
those wishing to join us would need to re-examine
these theological differences and decide on their
own a willingness to conform to our Orthodox Credo.
This is something which we insist is done by the free
will of those involved and not by the least amount
of prompting on our part. We demand total honesty
in such matters and not docility or lip service. Finally,
if we are all truly Orthodox as defined by those "holy
vessels" enumerated above, this union of which
we speak would already have been accomplished between
us. Either we are fully Orthodox or we are not. We
are either in complete agreement or we are not. It
is imperative that all of our membership (at all levels)
"AGREE TO AGREE" with our principles. Prior
to the Great Schism in 1054, Mater Ecclesia Orthodoxa
lived (Eastern & Western) and breathed unity in
Creed and freedom in Liturgy and local parochialism.
As we look back and reflect upon
the writings of those we all hold to be the Fathers
of us all, a sobering reality is brought before us.
Tertullian, Origen, St Cyprian, St. Augustine, St.
Basil, St. Ambrose, St. Irenaeus, St Ignatius, and
St. John Chrysostom in particular stressed that unity
in the Church was the true verity of her Orthodoxy.
This unity manifests itself in its fullness among
the members of the Universal Orthodox Catholic Episcopate
when meeting in Council or Synod. All of the Church
Fathers wrote extensively of this as an additional
source of Orthodox verity. These same Church Fathers,
as well as others, were also quick to point to the
discord and chaos that prevailed among those who separated
themselves from their Orthodox brethren. In unison
they proclaimed collegiality and concord to be the
only guarantee of Orthodox belief among brother Bishops.
If any single Bishop fell away from the others, his
ability to stay Orthodox either became highly questionable
at the least or entirely impossible at the worst.
History bears witness to the truth and wisdom the
Fathers espoused in such important matters.
The OCCEW and SOCBI extend an open
Invitation to those groups of Christians (and their
Bishops) to journey together with us who share our
understanding of Orthodox Faith and Ethos. Are you
Orthodox in belief? Are you Catholic in Mission, Ministry
and Orders? Do you celebrate a Liturgy recognized
as Orthodox by the Historic Church Universal? If the
answer is yes to the above, we look forward to your
RSVP to our Invitation. In Christ there is no East
or West. The Apostolic Church was neither Byzantine
or Western Rite, this distinctive having been made
much later on. Never was it the intent of those Godly
men who formulated these various Rites to have them
used as a means to cause schism within the Church.
In fact, many of them shed their blood for the cause
of Christ to avoid schism at all costs. Should we
not honor their memory and follow their saintly examples
in this regard? We stand with them in our various
liturgical traditions as one voice in service to Holy
DEDICATION & APPRECIATION
We the clergy and laity of the OCCEW
and Bishops of SOCBI stand united in our resolve to
"walk worthy of our several callings". With
these words, we dedicate our entire being in service
to Christ and His Holy Bride the Church. For this
noble cause and purpose we dedicate ourselves to the
Holy Spirit led "liturgia" of establishing
full organic sacramental union between all of our
brethren who share our hearts desire. We would like
to acknowledge our affection, admiration and appreciation
to our organizing Metropolitans of blessed memory,
++James Toombs of the Orthodox American Church who
reposed in the Lord in 1970; ++Peter Compton-Caputo
of the Anglican Independent Communion who went to
his eternal reward in 1999. It was their saintly examples
in bringing the Gospel of Christ to all men with one
accord that urges us on. These men were true Fathers
in God to their respective clergy and faithful. Equally
they were true brothers in Christ to all strangers
who came knocking at their doors.
"Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord. And Let
Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them. Amen".
Respectfully submitted with ONE
VOICE - ONE WILL - ONE MIND IN CHRIST - WITH CHRIST
- FOR CHRIST THROUGHOUT THE WORLD - WITHOUT END. AMEN.
Witness our signatures on the this 22nd day of July
in the year of the Lord 2011. This day being the Western
Calendar feast of St. Mary Magdalene and the Eastern
feast of St. Markella of Chios.
++Josephus Johannes Palumbo, OCR
The Anglican Independent Communion - Original Province
++John Charles Maier, OCR
Superior General of the Order of Christ the King
Archbishop Metropolitan & First Hierarch
The Orthodox American Church
The Orthodox American Church
"UNA VOCA; UNA ECCLESIA
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REPORT & UPDATE FROM THE CLERGY
CONFERENCE & SOBOR APRIL 2012
19TH THURSDAY TIL TUESDAY THE 24TH 2012 CLERGY AND
LAY DELEGATES FROM THE ORTHODOX AMERICAN CHURCH AND
THE ANGLICAN INDEPENDENT COMMUNION - ORIGINAL PROVINCE,
MEMBERS OF THE ORTHODOX CATHOLIC COMMUNION OF THE
EAST & WEST (OCCEW) AND THE SYNOD OF ORTHODOX
CATHOLIC BISHOPS INTERNATIONAL (SOCBI) MET IN CONFERENCE.
IT WAS A TIME OF PRAYER, LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS,
STUDY GROUPS AND CHRISTIAN FRATERNAL FELLOWSHIP. THE
FOLLOWING DETERMINATIONS & AFFIRMATIONS/EVENTS
WERE MADE/TOOK PLACE WITH THE UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF
ALL IN ATTENDANCE:
INDEPENDENT COMMUNION - ORIGINAL PROVINCE HAS NOW
BECOME THE ORTHODOX AMERICAN CHURCH - WESTERN RITE.
EACH DESIGNATION BEING ONE AND THE SAME FOR PURPOSES
ECCLESIAL, PRACTICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE! THE BYZANTINE
METROPOLIA OF THE ORTHODOX AMERICAN CHURCH (FOR PURPOSES
OF ORDER AND CLARIFICATION) WILL BE KNOWN AS THE ORTHODOX
AMERICAN CHURCH - EASTERN RITE! THE TWO ARE NOW ONE
FULLY CORPORATE, VISIBLE ORGANIC, UNITED WITNESS TO
THE UNDIVIDED BOOK OF ACTS ORTHODOX CATHOLIC CHURCH!
WE HAVE EVOLVED INTO A SINGLE CHURCH ORGANIZATION
WITH SEVERAL LITURGICAL EXPRESSIONS.
TO COMMEMORATE THE LIVES OF OUR ORGANIZING METROPOLITANS
OF BLESSED MEMORY ++JAMES TOOMBS (EASTERN RITE) AND
++PETER COMPTON-CAPUTO (WESTERN RITE) HAS BEEN DESIGNATED
AS "METROPOLITANS DAY". THE EXACT DATE AND
YEARLY COMMEMORATION OF THIS DAY TO BE DETERMINED
PRIOR TO OUR NEXT NATIONAL GATHERING.
LITURGICAL RITES OF FRANCE (GALLICAN), ENGLAND (SARUM)
AND BYZANTIUM (EASTERN) WERE CELEBRATED FROM THE SAME
ALTAR ON 3 SUCCESSIVE DAYS.
OF ARIMATHEA WAS PROCLAIMED THE "OFFICIAL"
PATRON SAINT OF THE ORTHODOX AMERICAN CHURCH - EASTERN
& WESTERN RITES.
AND RECEPTION INTO THE 111 YEAR WITNESS TO THE ORTHODOX
CATHOLIC MINISTRY AND CHRISTIAN SERVICE TO THE CHURCH
AND COMMUNITY, "THE ORDER OF CHRIST THE KING"
OF THE FOLLOWING PROFESSED MEMBERS:
++ JAMES MONROE JOHNSON - BISHOP "JOSEPH",
.................... ANN JOHNSON - SISTER "JULIA",
.................... MARYANNE MALONE - SISTER "HELENA",
.................... BEATRICE BRENNAN - SISTER "ANASTASIA",
.................... SHAWN LISA DOUTON - SISTER "SARAH",
.................... HOLLY ANN DOUTON - SISTER "ANN",
.................... CAROLINE ROSE DOUTON - SISTER
PROFESSED WILL ALL SERVE THE ORDER IN THE WATERFORD,
CT CHAPTER IN CONJUNCTION WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE MINISTRIES.
HALL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IS NAMED THE OFFICIAL THEOLOGICAL
SCHOOL OF LEARNING AND MINISTRY OF THE ORTHODOX AMERICAN
OF CHRIST THE KING IS DESIGNATED AS THE EVANGELIZING
ARM OF THE ORTHODOX AMERICAN CHURCH. COMMUNITY SERVICE
MINISTRIES IS THE NON-SECTARIAN OUTREACH OF THE CHURCH
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ORDER OF CHRIST THE KING.
++ JAMES "JOSEPH" JOHNSON, OCR IS THE CHAPLAIN
GENERAL OF COMMUNITY SERVICE MINISTRIES NATION WIDE.
JOHANNES PALUMBO, OCR AND SISTER MARIA GRACIELA PALUMBO,
OCR WERE CROWNED (ACCORDING TO EASTERN CUSTOM) AND
GIVEN THE ARCHIEPISCOPAL NUPTIAL BLESSING TO CONTINUE
TO LIVE OUT THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY IN FAITHFULNESS
TO CHRIST AND FIDELITY TOWARDS EACH OTHER. ++ JAMES
"JOSEPH" JOHNSON, OCR WAS THE WORTHY CELEBRANT
DURING A GATHERING OF SYNOD DELEGATES IN CELEBRATION
OF THEIR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
WORDS OF THANKS TO ++JAMES "JOSEPH", OCR
AND MOTHER ANN - SISTER "JULIA", OCR. FOR
BEING THE WONDERFUL HOST AND HOSTESS FOR THE ENTIRE
EVENT. A THANK YOU TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR SAVIOR CATHEDRAL
FOR TAKING US INTO THEIR HEARTS AND HOMES DURING THIS
MARIA GRACIELA, OCR AND I (THE ARCHBISHOP OF THE WESTERN
RITE) FIND IT INADEQUATE TO EXPRESS OUR HUMBLE THANKS
TO SISTER "HELENA",OCR (OUR DEAR MOLLY)
FOR HER HOSPITALITY AND OVERWHELMING GENEROSITY IN
OPENING UP HER HOME AND ENTIRE BEING FOR US. OUR STAY
WITH HER WAS TRULY REMARKABLE. OUR CELEBRATION OF
THE LITURGY OF ST. HIPPOLYTUS ON HER DINING ROOM TABLE
WAS TRULY AWESOME AND HUMBLING. THE AGAPE FEAST WHICH
FOLLOWED THE EUCHARIST BROUGHT US BACK IN TIME NEARLY
ARE BUT A FEW OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR ALL TOO BRIEF
WORD OF TRIBUTE AND APPRECIATION TO MERLIN, NEUTIE,
SHALACO AND PEACHES. THEY SERVED AS THE MASCOTS OF
OUR MANY MEETINGS. PERFECTION MIGHT HAVE BEEN AMISS
BETWEEN US EVEN DURING OUR MOST PRODUCTIVE AND THANKFUL
TIMES; SAVE DURING THE DIVINE LITURGY OF COURSE. HOWEVER,
IT WAS UPON GAZING AT THESE FRISKY CANINES, BEING
THE BEAUTFUL CREATURES THE DEITY FASHIONED THEM TO
BE, SOME WONDERFUL REALITIES MANIFESTED THEMSELVES
TO THOSE WHO TOOK THE TIME TO OBSERVE. WE BEHELD THE
AWESOME PERFECTION AND WONDER OF THE ALMIGHTY FATHER
IN HIS CHRIST, WHO BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
CALLED US TOGETHER IN BLESSING, LOVE, JOYFUL THANKSGIVING,
WORSHIP AND THE PEACE WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING.
"ONLY THE FOOL HATH SAID IN HIS HEART, THERE
IS NO GOD".
CONFERENCE & SOBOR – APRIL 2012
Important Announcement & Invitation to All Traditional
Orthodox Christians of the Historic Eastern and Western
Patrimony. This is for all Clergy and Laity involved
in Parochial Ministry, Community Service, Corporal
Works of Mercy or Chaplaincies.
a Traditional Eastern Orthodox Catholic who fully
embraces the New Testament Church (the Book of Acts)
as espoused by the Church Fathers of the East and
West? Are you sick of hearing the word "canonical"
bandied about in order to exclude others and reduce
the Holy Orthodox Church to that which would appeal
to the Pharisees of Christ's day?
a Traditional Western Rite Orthodox Catholic Christian
who embraces the Anglican Patrimony and Sarum Liturgical
Expression? Have you concluded that those groups who
identify themselves as "continuing Anglican"
are not what they really claim to be? Do you see such
groups as either in a frenzy looking to convert to
"papal Catholicism" or in the other extreme,
looking for recognition from, fundamentalist protestant
you a Traditional Orthodox Catholic Christian whose
Liturgical Patrimony is none of the above? Is the
Liturgy you celebrate an Ancient one, which has been
recognized and embraced by the Universal Church? Are
you looking for a spiritual home, wherein the Liturgical
Tradition you celebrate will be honored and respected
by other Orthodox Christians who believe exactly as
you do? Are you willing to accept and respect the
various Liturgical Traditions represented among us?
Can you share our vision of union, "where the
Liturgical roads called East and West come together
and meet at the Highway to Heaven?" If yours
is the Christ Founded Orthodox Church of the Book
of Acts? If you have answered in the affirmative to
the heart and thought provoking questions listed above
then.....................consider joining us, as we
gather together to share our commonality in Christ
as one Eastern & Western Liturgical expression
of Orthodox Faith & Ethos.
is an open invitation to all like minded Christian
Folk to join us as we worship using the ancient Liturgical
Formularies of the Sarum Rite, the Liturgy of St.
John Chrysostom and the Gallican Rite. We will pray
together and discuss various topics of the Faith,
Ministry and Daily Spiritual Walk we all share in
have tentatively scheduled this Conference –
Synod – Sobor sometime after Easter of 2012
in latter April.
++James Johnson, First Hierarch of the Eastern Rite
and his dedicated wife Matushka Ann have graciously
agreed to host the event at their Church Residence
and Cathedral Chapel located in Waterford, Connecticut.
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