Eastern Apostolic Church

  A Synod within the canonical tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy


Eastern Apostolic Church

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Recognizing its responsibility to work for the repair of the fragmentation that has occurred within Christianity at large, the Eastern Apostolic Church (EAC) has formed a unifying council as a means to cooperate, share and strengthen the jurisdictions they represent.

Members of EAC have subscribed to the following common statement:

  • As a coalition of Orthodox bishops in the apostolic succession we are united to positively represent the one, holy and universal church and its members in their respective communities throughout the world.


  • The mission of this Synod is to support the office and spiritual vision of each bishop and his strategic focus on the development of programs and missions that will impact the role of the Orthodox Church in our modern times.


  • The Eastern Apostolic Church is dedicated to uphold the New Testament spiritual teachings as well as those of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, to encourage ministerial cooperation and to express the will to unity in Christ.


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The Synod has its historic and apostolic roots in 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 operates as 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 emphasizes and practices the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) as channels of God's grace, by which the faithful share in the divine life 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 Orthodox worship 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. We pray continuously for reconciliation, ecumenical dialogue and cordial fellowship between all brothers and sisters in Christ.


 

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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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