Orthodoxy has been in existence since the day of Pentecost and has grown through mission efforts of the Apostles, Disciples, its Bishops and Priests. The Orthodox Church is in fact the original Church of Christ, in connection with those churches established by the Apostles.
We are Orthodox, but not Jewish. Orthodox worship contains various practices which stem from the Jewish background such as the extensive use of Psalms in worship, the reading and interpretation of scriptures, the use of vestments, the incensing of the church and the people, and the form of prayers and worship patterns of the Apostles.
Orthodoxy is Catholic, but we are not Roman. Orthodoxy holds to the one faith of the original Catholic Church since time centuries old, but we are a assembly of churches not under the Bishop of Rome.
Orthodoxy is evangelical, but not Protestant. We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We preach Christ crucified and risen to new life for us and for our salvation.
Orthodoxy is biblical, but not fundamentalist. We believe the Church produced the Bible, not the other way around; early Christians observed the Old Testament, and in time Gospels and Epistles were produced that became universally recognized.
Orthodoxy observes tradition. We accept what is called the Great Tradition, which includes the decrees of the Councils of the early church, the writings of the Church Fathers, early interpretation of the scriptures, and the Nicene Creed.
Orthodoxy is not a denomination of Christianity but rather it is pre-denominational. The Orthodox Church pre-dates most modern Churches. We are simply Orthodox. Some ask why are there “Greek Orthodox” or “Russian Orthodox,”? The Orthodox Church is one Church with a few cultural divisions within but have nothing to do with Apostolic teaching.
Many modern Churches have drastically subtracted from the faith that has been handed down to us by the Apostles through Jesus Christ, or they have created man-made churches that have added to the faith because man did not like the original teachings of the Apostles; If you change the teachings of Jesus, you are no longer a traditional Christian Church which could be harmful to the soul.
Orthodox worship began with the development of Christian worship already visible in the Book of Acts with elements of Temple worship and, of course, the Upper Room with its recounting of the institution of the Lord’s Supper, called the Eucharist.
Is the Orthodox worship repetitive, yes, because in the early Church the service was memorized, and yet beyond that repetition the Orthodox service is rich with beauty and exceedingly reverent. One example of such reverence is, during the Divine Liturgy of the Mass (and Divine Office) we bow, prostrate or genuflect at the name Jesus, for it is written; “That at the name of JESUS every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:10).
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