The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest

The Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest

We at OCN would like to extend our prayers of support to Bishop Paul as he begins his new archpastoral ministry.

CHICAGO, IL [OCA] — Clergy and faithful from parishes across the Midwest gathered at historic Holy Trinity Cathedral here on the morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014 for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-Elect Paul [Gassios] was consecrated to the Episcopacy as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest.

Bishop-elect Paul, who had served as Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest, was nominated by delegates at a special Diocesan Assembly held in Broadview, OH on October 7, 2014.  On October 21, his name was presented to the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, who elected him to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Chicago and the Midwest.

Concelebrating with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, were His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West; His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania; His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas; His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Ottawa and Canada; His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey; His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese; and His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska.  Among those joining them were Archpriest John Zdinak, Diocesan Chancellor; Archpriest John Adamcio, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral; Archpriest Andrei Papkov, who officially represented His Grace, Bishop Peter of Cleveland of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia; and the Midwest Diocesan Deans.

At the outset of the Liturgy, Bishop-Elect Paul was brought before Metropolitan Tikhon and the bishops, at which time he proclaimed the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed and offered a detailed explanation of the Church’s Trinitarian and Christological doctrines.  He pledged his personal commitment to uphold the Church’s canons and the teachings of the Holy Fathers and to preserve unity with his brother bishops.

During the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon placed the open Gospel Book over Bishop-Elect Paul’s head as all of the consecrating bishops place their hands upon it.  The Metropolitan then proclaimed, “By the election and approbation of all the Venerable Bishops of the Holy Synod, the Grace Divine, which always heals that which is infirm and fulfills that which is lacking through the Laying-on-of-Hands, elevates you, most beloved of God, Archimandrite Paul, to be the Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest, which enjoys the protection of Almighty God….  O Lord our God Who, in that it is impossible for the nature of man to endure the Essence of the Godhead, in Thy Providence hast provided for us teachers of like nature with ourselves to maintain Thine Altar, that they may offer to Thee sacrifice and oblations for all Thy People.  O Lord, make this man also, who has been proclaimed a steward of the Episcopal Grace, to be an imitator of Thee, Who art the True Shepherd, Who laid down Thy Life for Thy sheep.  Grant that he will be a leader of the blind, a light to those in darkness, a reprover of the unwise, a teacher of the young, a lamp to the world.  Grant also that he, having perfected the souls entrusted to him in this present life, may stand unashamed before Thy Throne, and that he may receive the great reward which Thou hast prepared for those who have fought with valor for the preaching of the Gospel.”

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