Our Faith

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, founded by our Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament scriptures. This Community of faith and worship can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Apostles.

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 Feast of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago.

What is The Orthodox Church?


The Orthodox Church is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church in which resides the fullness [“catholicity”] of Christian Truth. It is Holy because its head, the Lord Jesus Christ, is holy and has made it the unique vehicle of sanctification; it is Catholic because it knows no limitation of time or place and encompasses within itself the entirety of Christ’s Church; and it is Apostolic because it alone has maintained, with unbroken continuity and without any alteration, the faith of the Apostles through the ages.

TheophanyOrthodoxy is “The WayExternal Link” of worshiping God and living in community with our fellow Christians and the created world more than it is a set of dogmatic axioms. Nonetheless, there are certain things Orthodox Christians believe about God, the Church, and the creation that we all believe and which we will never change. We remain faithful to these definitions because the experience of the Church has shown us that getting these things ‘wrong’ isn’t just a matter of words. Getting these things ‘wrong’ affects how we live and how we treat each other. Truth matters; if you change the ‘recipe’ you will get a different ‘cake’. These definitions are expressed in the Creed and in the canons of the Ecumenical Councils and are lived out in the life of the Church.

You will find the deeper, authentic spiritual life you are looking for in the splendid and moving worship of the Orthodox Christian Church.


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Church Councils

First Ecumenical Council (Nicaea, AD 325) & Second Ecumenical Council (Constantinople, AD 381) The The Nicene/Constantinopolitan Creed was a response to those teaching that the Son of God and the Holy Spirit were not Divine Persons but created beings. Some other people taught that the material world was evil and that the God of the Old Testament …

Church of Martyrs and Confessors

We all know that the disciples of Jesus were “first called Christians at Antioch” (Acts 11:26). Orthodox Christians, however, have never left the environs of Antioch which is now a fairly large city in southern Turkey called Antakya where people still speak Aramaic. The Patriarchate of Antioch has been known for raising up great preachers …

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Our Worship

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament scriptures. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Apostles. We are committed to Worship that is Apostolic and Traditional, immersed in …

A mosaic of the Nicene Creed in a Greek Orthodox temple.

The Orthodox Creed

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (also called the Nicene Creed, the Icon / Symbol of Faith, the Pistevo, or simply: the Creed) was formulated at the First and Second of the commonly recognized Seven Ecumenical Councils. It was defined by the Holy Fathers of those first two councils (held in Nicea and Constantinople, respectively) to combat various …

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