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Our Faith

The Orthodox Faith

The Orthodox faith dates back to the Apostles. It is a tradition that is celebrated all over the world, throughout history, and in many different languages. In Orthodoxy we find the fullness of the Christian faith, upheld by the Seven Ecumenical Councils and witnessed to by martyrs, ascetics and lay people of all walks of life for thousands of years. 

 

The basics of Orthodoxy are found in the Nicene creed:

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages;

Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;

And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen

The Orthodox faith is not simply a list of rules or abstract ideas. At its core, it is participatory and must be experienced, not simply believed. This faith is experienced through life in the church, the divine services, and the sacraments such as baptism, chrismation, confession, and especially the Eucharist; the giving of alms and personal prayer.

The Orthodox faith is far too encompassing to layout in one page, feel free to check out some of the resources listed below, or simply come and experience it for yourself. 

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