A concise presentation of some fundamental teachings of Faith, Worship, Norms of Living and Principles of Administration of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The Orthodox Church throughout the ages has maintained a continuity of faith and love with the apostolic community which was founded by Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Orthodoxy believes that she has preserved and taught the historic Christian Faith, free from error and distortion, from the time of the Apostles. She also believes that there is nothing in the body of her teachings which is contrary to truth or which inhibits real union with God. The air of antiquity and timelessness which often characterizes Eastern Christianity is an expression of her desire to remain loyal to the authentic Christian Faith.
It is the purpose of this publication to communicate -- that is, to inform and edify our own members and the society in which we live -- about Greek Orthodoxy, Gods ancient, yet ever-new vital, and vibrant Christian Church in the world.In addition to introducing others to our spirituality we must also meet the challenge of reaching believers.Indeed, our preeminent national ministry is to proclaim the Good News and to make Orthodoxy intelligible, visible and relevant. -- Archbishop Iakovos
This booklet has been prepared for all who recognize Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It comes to the reader who has been heavily influenced by the vain philosophies of contemporary society, which ridicule and negate the discipline of abstinence and fasting as a Christian practice. It comes to inform the reader that fasting was introduced by God Himself as a spiritual discipline for the benefit of the believer.Through the practice of fasting the Christian discerns two values in life, the one, which is identified only with the world, and the other, which promises eternal benefits in God's Kingdom.The writer of this booklet, therefore, offers this effort to all who seek eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ.
An historical account about the development of the Orthodox Church. A look at her various facets and their development.
An ever-growing number of persons from various backgrounds are becoming interested in the Orthodox Church, as they discover its ancient faith and rich traditions. Attractive features include its mystical vision of God and His Kingdom, by the beauty of her worship, by the purity of her Christian faith, and by her continuity with the past. These are only some of the treasures of the Church which has a history reaching back to the time of the Apostles.
An article deliniating very basic beliefs of the Orthodox Church