We believe in one God, the Holy Trinity. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the unbegotten creator of everything. He is three distinct persons who maintain one essence of nature.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the LORD, the Savior of mankind. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, begotten before all time. The Son of God came down from Heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and made man in the person of Jesus Christ. He was crucified for our salvation, conquering Death by His own death on the Cross. He was raised by the glory of the Father on the third day and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead.
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is LORD and giver of life and proceeds from the Father. The prophets spoke words given them by the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that transforms us through our faith into true disciples of Christ.
The Church is the Body of Christ, His faithful disciples, active in the world today. We believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The Church is ONE because she is the same in faith throughout the ages and throughout the world. She is HOLY because she is directly founded by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through His Apostles on Pentecost. She is CATHOLIC because she is universal in the world. And she is APOSTOLIC because she continues, in an unbroken line throughout history, directly connected to the Apostles themselves.
There is one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Baptism is done through triple immersion in water in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
Jesus will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. When He does so those who have lived a life of faith will be resurrected from the dead and be granted life eternal in the world to come.
About The Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary is highly revered in the Orthodox Faith. While we worship God alone, Mary is honored as the highest of all of God’s saints because she gave birth in the flesh to the very Son of God. That is why you may hear the Orthodox call her ‘Theotokos’, which means ‘the birth-giver of God’. Mary is honored not only because of her relationship to Jesus, but also because of her faith and willingness to do God’s will, deny herself and remain chaste throughout her life.
About The Bible
The Bible, Old and New Testament, is the inspired Word of God. Mankind received the Holy Scriptures in order that we hear the Word of God, hearkening to His commandments of life, thus growing closer to union with Him. Scripture is the reference of our Faith and is read aloud in every one of our divine services. In fact, during the Divine Liturgy the Orthodox faithful hear 212 verbatim quotes directly from Holy Scripture.
St. Vincent of Lerins said that ‘Tradition is the Word of God correctly understood.’ That means that Holy Tradition does not refer to the pious customs of humanity, but rather specifically to the transmission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Prophets and Apostles. Holy Tradition refers specifically to The Apostolic Tradition, the teachings of the LORD’s chosen Apostles sent out in to the world to proclaim to the Truth of Salvation in Jesus Christ. That same Apostolic teaching, as sedimented in the Holy Scriptures continues to be shared to this very day in the teachings, dogma and practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.
Ordination to the Holy Priesthood t is one of the Seven Sacraments of the Orthodox Church. Our priests function as teachers of The Word of God, ministers of the sacramental life of the Church and as spiritual fathers to the Orthodox faithful under their care. They teach the Gospel, serve the divine services and guide our spiritual lives. Priests in the Orthodox Church are permitted to marry and maintain a family life just as the parishioners do.
Icons adorn every Orthodox Church throughout the world. They serve as didactic tools to live a life in Christ. Icons are reminders of a saint or an important event within the life of the church which inspire us to emulate those who loved Christ in ages past. Icons are not worshipped, only God is. We venerate icons to honor the LORD, His mother and His saints.
Synodikon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy
“As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honouring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshipping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honouring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration.
This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world!”