Announcement to the Clergy of the Diocese of New Gracanica-Midwestern America

Announcement to the Clergy of the Diocese of New Gracanica-Midwestern America

In accordance with the decision of the Holy Hierarchical Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church, we hereby announce a change in the title of our diocesan hierarch, effective immediately.

Title Change:
His Eminence Archbishop of New Gracanica – Chicago and Metropolitan of Midwestern America

Implementation Guidelines:

  1. Church Services: During Church services, His Eminence is to be commemorated as “His Eminence our Bishop (or Hierarch) Longin.”
  2. Many Years [Mnogoletstvije] Commemoration: During “many years” celebrations, His Eminence is to be commemorated as “To His Eminence, most reverend Longin, by the grace of God, Archbishop of New Gracanica – Chicago and Metropolitan of Midwestern America.”
  3. Official Correspondence: In official correspondence such as decisions, records, and official acts, the complete title “Archbishop of New Gracanica – Chicago and Metropolitan of Midwestern America” is to be used.
  4. Colloquial and Media Use: In informal and media contexts, the shorter variant “Metropolitan of Midwestern America” should be used.

This change is in accordance with Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church and has been forwarded for your knowledge and appropriate action.

With the blessing of God,

+ LONGIN
Archbishop of New Gracanica-Chicago and Metropolitan of Midwestern America


This announcement ensures clarity and consistency in addressing and referring to our esteemed hierarch in various contexts within our diocese and beyond. Please adhere to these guidelines in all official and ceremonial capacities going forward.

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