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  Eastern Orthodox Church, Orthodox Catholic, Greek Orthodox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Orthodox church recognizes as authoritative the decisions of the seven ecumenical councils that met between 325 and 787 and defined the basic doctrines on the Trinity and the Incarnation.
The Orthodox Church is one of the three major branches of Christianity, which stands in historical continuity with the communities created by the apostles of Jesus in the region of the eastern Mediterranean, and which spread by missionary activity throughout Eastern Europe.
The Orthodox Tradition is the theological tradition, generally associated with the national churches of the eastern Mediterranean and eastern Europe and principally with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, whose distinguishing characteristic consists in preservation of the integrity of the doctrines taught by the fathers of the seven ecumenical councils of the fourth through eighth centuries.
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 The Orthodox Church: An Introduction
It is believed by Orthodox Christians that their Church has preserved the tradition and continuity of the ancient Church in its fullness compared to other Christian denominations which have departed from the common tradition of the Church of the first 10 centuries.
Several of the autocephalous churches are de facto national churches, by far the largest being the Russian Church; however, it is not the criterion of nationality but rather the territorial principle that is the norm of organization in the Orthodox Church.
The Great Schism between the Eastern and the Western Church (1054) was the culmination of a gradual process of estrangement between the east and west that began in the first centuries of the Christian Era and continued through the Middle Ages.
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Eastern Churches depend originally on the Eastern Empire at Constantinople; they are those that either find their centre in the patriarchate of that city (since the centralization of the fourth century) or have been formed by schisms which in the first instance concerned Constantinople rather than the Western world.
This is a national Church in the strictest sense of all: except for the large Armenian Catholic body that forms the usual pendant, and for a very small number of Protestants, every Armenian belongs to it, and it has no members who are not Armenians.
Eastern Church, 326); the ludicrous scandal at Monastir, in Macedonia, when they fought over a dead man's body and set the whole town ablaze because some wanted him to be buried in Greek and some in Rumanian (op.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/05230a.htm   (12179 words)

 The Greek (Eastern) Orthodox Church of America
The non-Chalcedonian Churches include the Coptic Church of Egypt, the Ethiopian Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Church of St. Thomas in India, and the Jacobite Syrian Church of Antioch.
The living tradition of the Church and the principles of concord and harmony are expressed through the common mind of the universal episcopate as the need arises.
The first Greek Orthodox parishes in North America were under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople which had over the centuries assumed responsibility for the diaspora communities and assigned to them their priests.
www.goarch.org /en/ourfaith/articles/article8086.asp   (2234 words)

 HTC: Introduction to the Orthodox Church
The Orthodox church is a fellowship of administratively independent, or autocephalous (self-governing) local churches, united in faith, sacraments, and canonical discipline, each enjoying the right to elect its own head and its bishops.
The churches of Russia (50-90 million) and Romania (21 million) are by far the largest, whereas some of the ancient patriarchates of the Middle East, including Constantinople, are reduced to a few thousand members.
The Orthodox church accepts the early traditions of Christianity, including the same sacraments as the Roman Catholic church--although in the Orthodox church infants receive the Eucharist and confirmation--and the episcopate and the priesthood, understood in the light of APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION.
www.holy-trinity.org /about/intro.html   (1025 words)

 Eastern Orthodox Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term "Orthodox", without reference to geographical location, is conventionally used by all members of the church to highlight what they see as their full adherence to the pronouncements of the seven ecumenical councils and their absolute reluctance to break with holy tradition.
Orthodox doctrine regarding the Holy Trinity is summarized in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.
The doctrine of the Eastern Orthodox Church is amillennialist.
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 Eastern Orthodox Church organization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These organizations are in full communion with each other, so any priest of any of those churches may lawfully minister to any member of any of them, and no member of any is excluded from any form of worship in any of the others, including reception of the Eucharist.
Disagreement about the limits of his authority was one of the causes of the Great Schism, conventionally dated to the year 1054, which split the church into the Roman Catholic Church in the West, headed by the Pope of Rome, and the Eastern Orthodox Church, led by the four eastern patriarchs.
These Churches are resistant to what they perceive as the errors of Modernism and Ecumenism in mainstream Orthodoxy, but they do not consider themselves schismatic; they do refrain from concelebration of the Divine Liturgy with the mainline Orthodox Churches while they remain fully within the canonical boundaries of the Church, i.e.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eastern_Orthodox_Church_organization   (776 words)

 Catechism of The Eastern Orthodox Church
While the Orthodox, Anglican, and Papal Churches accept that the Mother of God is ever virgin, some Protestants from the sixteenth (16th) century onward began to teach that the Blessed Virgin Mary was the mother of other children after the birth of Jesus.
To be an Orthodox Christian, walking orderly in the Church, to have the necessary branches of knowledge and moral character, to be in good physical condition, and to have an inclination and a call to His Holy work; the ordaining Bishop must be canonical and have the license to ordain.
But the Clerics of those Churches which do not acknowledge Holy Orders as a Sacrament or have not the uninterrupted succession, and those Clerics who were ordained by a deposed Orthodox Bishop she ordains when they come into the Orthodox Church, because they are wholly without ordination.
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 Orthodox Christian Fellowship - OCF
What We Do OCF is here to guide and support local OCF chapters through communication with the larger Orthodox Community, our National Programs, and development of resources Orthodox college students can utilize.
OCF is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization, a Pan-Orthodox effort under SCOBA.
This web site and many of its services are graciously provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministries.
www.ocf.net   (169 words)

 Eastern Church Web Sites   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Unofficial Directory of Eastern Catholic Churches in the U.S. Directory of US Orthodox Churches - OCA
Library of Congress exhibit The Russian Church in Alaska
Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada
www.music.princeton.edu /chant_html/east.html   (409 words)

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