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Vote on updating certain Canons
November, 2008

Following the Apostolic Canons we allow our bishops to be married and following the directive of St Paul in his letter to Timothy, That is why the presiding elder must have an impeccable character. Husband of one wife, he must be temperate, discreet and courteous, hospitable and a good teacher.

Numerous writings by ethnic/Scoba clergy state "Not all Churches adopted the canon on married bishops, and that the early Synod of THEOCACNA, the American Church, denied this Canon. Therefore we follow Holy Scripture first in this matter.

Dating Pascha

Many Orthodox in the New World, North America, have adopted the Revised Julian Calendar which sets Pascha according to the traditional calculation which states, "The date of Pascha shall be set as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox and shall not precede or coincide with Passover." The fixed dates shall be rendered according to the current revisions which place them at the same time as our current Gregorian Calendar.

C 1 of the 85 Canons corrected

A minimum of three bishops is required for the consecration of all bishops in our jurisdiction. For the consecration to be valid, an edict from the Synod shall declare a vote being taken and the election of the candidate be in due course. The Presiding Hierarch (Patriarch/Metropolitan) along with all the members of the Synod shall affix their name to said edict. However, should some major impediment prevent a third bishop from attending the consecration, that consecration shall not be valid unless the edict of the holy synod specifically indicates the synod of bishops has approved only two bishops be allowed to administer the consecration and that said edict is signed by all the bishops of the synod. Any Bishop unable to attend shall provide a letter approving the ordinaion.

Canons in support of this include c1 of the 2 Canons of the Regional Holy Synod assembled the Second Time in Constantinople (R. pg 602), c4 of the 20c (R. pg 168).