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.
Mar Melchizedek’s Grammata from the year 2002 clarifies some of the confusion surrounding the term “canonical”. This Grammata received world-wide attention and has been cited in many quarters since then, both inside and outside of Orthodoxy.
There is no Orthodox patriarchate, jurisdiction (whether autocephalous or not) and ecclesial entity that is universally recognized. For example, Russian Old Believers, Greek Old Calendarists and other traditionalist entities do not recognize any of the extant patriarchs. In turn, nor do those patriarchates recognize anything outside their control or what they concoct as “canonical”. Due to the nature of this unholy, judgmental and overall unchristian endeavor, we do not enter such discussion. One simply cannot legitimize or dictate religious practice, faith and organization. Hence, mutual recognition when it comes to the Orthodox Christian faith, is neither a scriptural (biblical) criterion, nor a guarantor of legitimacy.
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.
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.
Eastern Christianity recognizes the teachings of first three Ecumenical Councils of the historic Church: Nicea I (325), Constantinople I (381) and Ephesus (431). Additionally, the doctrinal truths and orthodox continuity, found in the first seven Ecumenical Councils, are recognized by all eastern churches. 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.
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.