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  Eastern Orthodox Church - Encyclopedia of Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Since the separation of the Nestorian and Monophysite churches, and the loss of communion with the Western Church, the Orthodox Church is the main historical inheritor of the Byzantine tradition of Christianity.
The official designation of the church in Eastern Orthodox liturgical or canonical texts is “the Orthodox Catholic Church.” Because of the historical links of Eastern Orthodoxy with the Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantium (Constantinople), however, in English usage it is referred to as the “Eastern” or “Greek Orthodox” Church.
The Orthodox, then, are the Christians in the East of Europe, in Egypt and Asia, who accept the Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon (are therefore neither Nestorians nor Monophysites), but who, as the result of the schisms of Photius (ninth cent.) and Cerularius (eleventh cent.), are not in communion with the Catholic Church.
www.religion-encyclopedia.com /O/orthodox_church.htm   (895 words)

  
 Eastern Orthodox Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The designation "Orthodox", without reference to geographical terminology, is conventionally used by the various Churches to highlight what they see as their full adherence to doctrine; although geographical or ethnic designators such as "Eastern", "Greek" or "Russian" are in common use, the Orthodox Church sees itself as fully catholic (that is, universal).
Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism split during the Great Schism that is conventionally dated to 1054, although it was in fact a gradual process rather than a singular event, exacerbated by cultural and linguistic divisions between the Greek-speaking East and the Latin-speaking West.
Orthodox believe an Apostolic Succession was established; this played a key role in the Church's view of itself as the preserver of the Christian community.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eastern_Orthodox_Church   (9749 words)

  
 Eastern Orthodox Church
Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, which regards the Holy Spirit as proceeding from the Father and the Son, the Eastern Orthodox Church claims that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father through the Son.
The collapse of the Byzantine empire in 1453 meant that, apart from Russia, the Orthodox Church lay under the rule of the Ottoman Turks.
The icon is of particular importance for the Orthodox Church since it is seen as the dwelling place of God's grace, creating in the faithful a sense of the presence of God.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/christ/east/eastorth.html   (644 words)

  
 Eastern Orthodox Church - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The present-day influence of the Orthodox Church encompasses the territories associated with the former Byzantine and Russian empires: Eastern Europe, Asia (Russia/Siberia), and parts of the Middle East and Africa.
In the Theology of the Orthodox Church it is most important to understand that Christ, from the moment of conception was 100% God and 100% man. Therefore it is correct to say that Mary is indeed, the Theotokos, the Birth-giver of God, and that she is the greatest of all humans ever to have lived.
The Antiochian Orthodox Church, The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and the Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of America (formerly connected with the Vicar Bishop of the (Western) Orthodox Church of France-ECOF), all have Western Rite parishes.
voyager.in /Eastern_Orthodoxy   (9888 words)

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