The Orthodox Church was founded by our Lord Jesus Christ and is the living manifestation of His presence in the history of mankind. The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is Orthodox, but not Jewish. It is Catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost over 2000 years ago. The Church exists to worship the Holy Trinity, to preach the Gospel to our community, and to transfigure the lives of her children into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
What is the Orthodox Church?
The Orthodox Church is the Church founded by Jesus Christ and his Apostles, begun at the day of Pentecost with the descent of the Holy Spirit. It is also known , in the West, as the Eastern Orthodox Church or the Greek Orthodox Church. The word “orthodox” means “right belief” or “right worship.”
The Orthodox Church traces unbroken succession to the Apostles (Apostolic Succession), therefore each bishop ultimately receives their consecration from our Lord Jesus Christ. All the bishops of the Church, no matter their titles, are equal in their sacramental office. At an ecumenical council, each bishop may cast only one vote, whether he is the Ecumenical Patriarch or an auxiliary bishop without a diocese. Thus, there is no equivalent to the Roman Catholic papacy within the Orthodox Church.
As with its Apostolic succession, the Faith held by the Church is that which was handed down by Christ to the Apostles, and by the Apostles to the earliest generations of Christians. Nothing is added to, or subtracted from, that deposit of faith which was “handed once for all to the saints” (Jude 3). Throughout history, various heresies have afflicted the Church, and at those times the Church has made dogmatic pronouncements (especially at ecumenical councils) delineating in new language what had always been believed and experienced by the Church, thus preventing the spread of heresy. The primary statement of faith of the Orthodox Church is the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.
The sole purpose of Orthodox Christianity is the salvation of every human person, uniting him to Christ in the Church, transforming him in holiness, and imparting eternal life. This is the Gospel, the good news, that Jesus Christ is the incarnate God, that He loves mankind, and that He suffered death and arose from the dead, so that in Him we may be saved.
– The Orthodox Church is the #2 Largest Body of Christians in World.
– There are over 1,000,000+ Orthodox Christians in United States.
– The Orthodox Church is 1,985 years old. (Pentecost 33A.D. to 2018).
– There are over 300,000,000 Orthodox Christians World Wide.
– Over 50 million Orthodox Christians have died for their faith in the first eight decades of the twentieth century alone.
Why Become Orthodox?
Some of us were born and raised in the Orthodox tradition, but most of us are converts who come from a variety of Christian and even non‐Christian backgrounds. Many of us felt that there was something “missing” in our faith tradition and began the journey to find Jesus Christ’s true historical Church. Our journey, by the grace of God’s all Holy Spirit, lead us to the Orthodox Church. Only the Orthodox Church, throughout the centuries, has maintained the fullness of the Christian Faith (apostolic tradition), worship and life without addition, subtraction or distortion.
At a time when so many traditional Christians are unhappy and confused by the moral and doctrinal changes taking place within their churches, when so many denominations seems to be rewriting and adjusting their theology in order to comply with contemporary social attitudes and trends, Orthodox Christianity offers an alternative.
Learn more about “What We Believe“.