Ancient Orthodox Faith in our Modern Age

Eastern Apostolic Church

Вчини достойними, Господи, в вечір цей (
ukrainian-lutherans (Личная лента)




Our historic and apostolic roots stem from the Greek (Old Calendar) Church. However, we maintain universal identity of all Orthodox traditions in both East and West with a conciliatory approach.

The word "Orthodox" comes from the Greek orthos (straight, correct, true, right) and doxa (glory), which expresses the idea of correct glory or, in other words, right worship, i.e. worship with a pure and honest heart. Traditionally, this includes the adherence to the church creeds, such as the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed and the Seven Ecumenical Councils.

The teachings are derived from Holy Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The New Testament contains that truth as taught by Christ to the Apostles and later put into writing. Apostolic Tradition represents those teachings. The holy church in its Ecumenical Councils affirms the continuation of apostolic witness.

Hence, we recognize and practice the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) as channels of God's grace, by which we share in the divine life of God for our salvation. Therefore, there is only one Sacrament, which is the Holy Church in its action of Baptism, Chrismation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Ordination (Holy Orders), Holy Unction (Healing and Last Rites), Holy Matrimony and many others.

Our communities follow the example of Christ who maintained liturgical worship (e.g. Last Supper) and exhorted his followers to continue this practice. Christ participated in the ritual and offerings of his time, but he also emphatically declared that those who worship God must do so "in Spirit and in truth". The Divine Liturgy is offered to God, through which we share in  the elements of bread and wine, changed by the Holy Spirit into the Body and Blood of Christ. The liturgies of the eastern churches derive from St. James of Jerusalem, being the oldest continuous liturgical practice in the Christian Church.  Although liturgical Rites may differ according to local and cultural adaptations, the essential framework of each liturgy is that of ancient Christian worship.

We are a jurisdiction that is committed to working side by side with all who proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. Differences in theology or denominational boundaries do not prevent us from cooperating in the common good and the salvation through Jesus Christ.

Eastern Christianity recognizes the teachings of first three Ecumenical Councils of the historic Church: Nicea I (325), Constantinople I (381) and Ephesus (431).  Additionally, we affirm the doctrinal truths and orthodox continuity found in the first seven Ecumenical Councils as recognized by all eastern churches. We pray continuously for reconciliation, ecumenical relations, dialogue and cordial fellowship between all Christians.

Our symbolic statement of faith is found in the Nicene Creed, which is common ground to most Christian denominations. In addition, the Eastern Apostolic Church makes the following statements about our Christian faith:

We believe in the salvific work of the Holy Trinity and that of Jesus Chris as Son of God, who has come into this world to redeem creation. We are charismatic, in that we believe in the work of the Spirit, in the historic church, in the teachings of the Church Fathers, in the lives of the saints and each of us today.

All Christians believe in the existence of a single God, who is the creator and origin of all existence, who is almighty, beyond comparison, rule, time and being. There is no other God beside Him; and in him only do we move and live.

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son who was with the Father from time immemorial, before the foundation of the world. We believe that in his great mercy, God send his very Son to save the world. That eternal, divine Son took flesh and became man in the person of Jesus, son of Mary. He, who knew no sin, became of the same nature as the fallen creation to redeem it. Through his death, resurrection and ascension, Christ atoned for the sin of Adam, and made us God's children. He became man, so that we may return to God.

We behold Mary, the Theotokos, as God Bearer - the vessel for the human birth of Christ, who was truly God, yet also truly man. Mary is to be blessed in every generation (Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 1) as the one who brought forth the incarnation of God. He saw it fit to choose a young maiden to bear his Son and thus we continuously respect and venerate her.

We believe that in the fullness of time, Christ will return in his great glory to reconcile humanity and to establish his kingdom, where all may dwell in God’s blessed presence.

We believe in Holy Spirit, who also has been since the beginning of time and continues to reign in and over our lives. We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the Holy Scriptures (Bible), the Ecumenical Councils and the Christian Church as a whole beyond its man-made denominational boundaries. We believe that the Holy Spirit informs human reason and thus, alongside the traditions of the Church, helps us to deal with present-day crises and issues.

We believe that we are part of a greater body of Christians, who have worshiped and glorified God since the days of the Apostles. From the holy apostles through the hand of Christ arose a lineage of which we are an authentic part: the Apostolic Succession. The leaders of the church were and are still called bishops (overseers). Our particular lineage derives from the Greek Old Calendar movement, which traces its validity back to the holy apostles.



Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery”, “You shall not murder”, “You shall not steal”, “You shall not covet”; and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

(Romans 13:8-10)

Благослови, душе моя, Господа! (
ukrainian-lutherans (Личная лента)

It is important to remember

that the Orthodox Church is

a spiritual hospital, not a

court of law. The priest is

called to be a spiritual healer,

not a prosecuting attorney.

We are not here to attack

anyone, condemn anyone,

hate anyone or persecute

anyone, but to strive to live a

life in Christ through the

Holy Church. The Church

does not send anyone to

heaven or to hell, but rather

prepares those who are being

healed for their ultimate

encounter with the love and

glory of God. At that time,

their consciences will judge

them. The Church judges no

one, but offers spiritual

healing to all.

(Archbishop Lazar)

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