19th All-American Council is just one week away!

As widely anticipated, the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America will open in Saint Louis, MO on Monday, July 23, 2018. Hundreds of OCA and guest hierarchs, clergy and lay delegates, youth, and observers are expected to attend the week-long gathering, as well as the 92nd annual National Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA], slated to be held at the historic Saint Louis Union Station Hotel — the AAC site — July 20-23.

The complete AAC agenda and schedule may be accessed online in the Delegate Handbook. A wealth of related information, including report books and liturgical music scores for AAC and Convention liturgical services, also is available on the AAC web site. And His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon’s recently completed document, “Of What Life Do We Speak? Four Pillars for the Fulfillment of the Apostolic Work of the Church,” is a “must read” not only for AAC participants, but every member of the Church.

Throughout the AAC, the OCA’s communications team will provide regular press releases, updates and galleries on the OCA web site and social media. Once again, Orthodox Web Solutions will offer daily coverage, while Ancient Faith Radio will podcast plenary sessions 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 live. {Plenary sessions 3 and 5 are breakout sessions and, as such, will not be aired.]

The AAC theme is “For the Life of the World,” inspired by the classic work of the same name by the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann.

As noted in the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, “the All-American Council is the highest legislative and administrative authority within the Church. The Council brings together the various elements of the Church to bear witness to her identity, unity, and mission.”

Monday, July 9 is registration deadline for 19th AAC

Registration for the 19th All-American Council [AAC] the Orthodox Church in America, slated to be held in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018, will close on Monday, July 9.

Clergy and lay delegates who have yet to register for the Council should do so online before the deadline. Delegates and observers are reminded that their applications need to be approved by their respective diocesan hierarchs.

The Delegate Handbook, which contains the AAC agenda and a full set of instructions for participants, is available online, as are the reports of the Church’s Officers and the OCA’s Departments and Institutions. Delegates are reminded to download and print the Handbook and reports, which can be placed in binders that will be distributed at the AAC registration desk.

In related matters, those desiring to register for the formal dinner only may do so at the registration site by selecting the “formal dinner only” option. The cost for attending the dinner is $75.00. The cost of the dinner is included in the registration fee of those who registered as delegates and weekly observers.

Finally, the document by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon — Of What Life Do We Speak? Four Pillars for the Fulfillment of the Apostolic Work of the Church” — is also available in PDF format for downloading, as announced on June 24.

Any special circumstances or issues may be addressed tot he Preconciliar Committee at 19aac@oca.org.

Music for 19th AAC, FOCA Convention now available

Musical scores for the liturgical services that will be celebrated at the 92nd National Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] and the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America are now available online.

The Convention is slated to take place at the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel July 20-23, 2018. The All-American Council opens on Monday, July 23 and runs through Friday, July 27.

According to Dr. David Drillock, Chair of the OCA’s Department of Liturgical Music and Translations, a rehearsal for the weekend services will be held at the hotel on Saturday, July 21, at 3:45 p.m. Additional rehearsals for services throughout the week will be announced at the AAC. All convention and AAC singers are encouraged to attend the rehearsals and sing in the choir at all services.

The 19th AAC services [Vespers on Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday Vigil; Hierarchical Divine Liturgy plus an Addendum; and Akathists on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday] are available for downloading on the AAC website and below.