Episcopal Confession of Faith

In this my confession of the holy faith, I promise to observe the Canons of the Holy Apostles, and of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, and of the pious Provincial Councils, the traditions of the Church, and the decrees, orders and rules of the Holy Fathers. All things which they have accepted I accept. All things which they have rejected I reject.

I promise to preserve the peace of the Church, and firmly to hold and to teach with zeal the people entrusted to me. I promise to devise nothing whatsoever which is contrary to the Orthodox Catholic Christian faith of the East all the days of my life. I promise that in all things I will always follow and obey the Holy Synod of Bishops, and in all things to be of one mind with His Beatitude, the Most Blessed Metropolitan, the Archbishops and Bishops, my brothers, and that together with them I will be submissive to the Divine Law, the Sacred Canons of the Holy Apostles and Holy Fathers. I promise with all sincerity to cherish towards them spiritual affection, and to regard them as my brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

I promise to rule the flock committed to me in the fear of God and in devoutness of life. I promise to do this with all diligence, and to take care and to guard the flock from all heretical doctrines and teachings.

In this my written profession of faith I also confess that I have come to this ministry neither by the promise of, nor by gift of money, whether gold or silver. On the contrary, I have received it freely by the election and the full consent of the Holy Synod.

I promise also to do nothing through constraint, whether coerced by persons with power, or by a multitude of people, even though they should command me under threat of death to do something contrary to the divine and holy laws. I promise not to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in a diocese other than my own, nor to exercise any other priestly function, without the permission of the Bishop of that diocese. I will neither ordain a Priest, nor a Deacon, nor to any other ecclesiastic rank in the diocese of another, nor will I receive such into my diocese without letters of dismissal from their own Bishops.

I will deal with the opponents of the Holy Church reasonably, uprightly and gently, as taught by the Apostle Paul: "for the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, forbearing, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth" (2 Timothy 2:24-25).

I promise to visit and watch over the flock which is now entrusted to me after the manner of the Apostles, when they remain true to the Faith, and true in the doing of good works. I will show special concern for the Priests. I promise to inspect with diligence, to exhort and to restrain, in order that schisms, superstitions and unholy venerations may not arise, and customs contrary to Christian teaching of piety and good morals may not injure the Christian way of life.

All those things which I have this day promised in word, I also promise to perform in deed to my last breath, for the sake of the promised good things to come.

May God who sees the heart be the Witness to my vow. May our Savior Jesus Christ be my Helper in my sincere and zealous rule and in my performance of it. To Him, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be glory and power, honor and worship, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.


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