Conciliatory and compassionate Orthodoxy
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.
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.