Eastern Apostolic Church

  A jurisdiction within the canonical tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy


Eastern Apostolic Church

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The Eastern Apostolic Church (EAC) has its historic and apostolic roots from the Greek Orthodox (Old Calendar) Church. However, the EAC maintains universal identity of all Orthodox traditions in both East and West with a conciliatory, non-judgmental and Christ-centered approach. - The EAC is also a recognized religious corporation in the United States.



The term "Orthodox" comes from the Greek word "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 teachings of 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.


The Orthodox Church recognizes and practices the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) as channels of God's grace, by which the faithful share in the divine life of God for their salvation. The Holy Church is indeed the sacrament in its action of Baptism, Chrismation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Ordination (Holy Orders), Holy Unction (Healing and Last Rites), Holy Matrimony and many others.

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 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 church 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.

The Eastern Apostolic Church 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.

Orthodox Christianity recognizes the teachings of first three Ecumenical Councils of the historic, undivided Church: Nicea I (325), Constantinople I (381) and Ephesus (431).  Additionally, the doctrinal truths and orthodox teachings, found in the seven Ecumenical Councils (including the first three), are recognized by all Orthodox branches. Orthodox Christians pray continuously for reconciliation, ecumenical dialogue and cordial fellowship between all brothers and sisters in Christ.


The Eastern Apostolic Church affirms that all baptized are part of the greater body of Christ, i.e. the christian church at large.

 

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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)




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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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