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The Chapel of the Holy Icon of Theotokos of Smolensk in the Assumption Cathedral in Smolensk

The Orthodox Tradition is one of the three major forms of the religion of Christianity, the other major forms being Catholicism and Protestantism.


History of the Orthodox Churches

Orthodox Church in Rostow, Russia

The Orthodox Churches developed within the Byzantine or Roman empire, from the earliest church established by St. Paul and the Apostles. Adherents practice what they understand to be the original ancient traditions, believing in growth without change.

The Orthodox Catholic Church, commonly referred to as the Eastern Orthodox Church, is the second largest Christian denomination in the world, with an estimated 300 million adherents, mainly in the countries of Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, all of which are majority Eastern Orthodox. Its adherents believe it to be the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church established by Jesus Christ and his Apostles over 2,000 years ago.

The Orthodox Catholic Church is composed of several self-governing ecclesiastical bodies which are geographically and nationally distinct but theologically unified. Each self-governing (or autocephalous) body, often but not always encompassing a nation, is shepherded by a synod of bishops whose duty, among other things, is to preserve and teach the Apostolic and patristic traditions and related church practices. Orthodox bishops trace their lineage back to the Apostles through the process of Apostolic Succession.


There is no central governmental authority within the Eastern Orthodox Church similar to the Pope within the Catholic Christian Church, however the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople is recognized as primus inter pares ("first among equals") of the Eastern Orthodox bishops.

Denominations found within this tradition include the Greek Orthodox Church, Slavic Orthodox Churches, Russian Orthodox Church, Serbian Orthodox Church, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Polish Orthodox Church, Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church, Macedonian Orthodox Church, Assyrian Church of the East, and Oriental Orthodoxy. In non-doctrinal matters these denominations have occasionally mingled with local Greek, Slavic and Middle Eastern traditions, among others, in turn shaping the cultural development of these nations.

Greek Orthodox

The Greek Orthodox Church is centered in Athens, Greece, with members, most of Greek descent, located all around the world.

The Orthodox Church Calendar

The Eastern Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar, while all other Christian churches follow the Gregorian calendar, creating a difference in their observance of liturgical events including shared holidays. As a result, Orthodox Easter falls between April 4 and May 8 (and always after Passover), while western Christian churches celebrate Easter anywhere between March 22 and April 25 (which may precede Passover). Several Eastern Orthodox national churches maintain the Julian calendar date of January 7 for their observance of Christmas, most notably the Russian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches.

Orthodox Christian Beliefs

The goal of Orthodox Christians from baptism onward is to continually draw themselves nearer to God throughout their lives. This process is called theosis, or deification, and is a spiritual pilgrimage in which each person strives to both become more holy and more "Christ Like" within Jesus Christ.

Orthodox Christians believe scripture was revealed by the Holy Spirit to its inspired human authors. The scriptures are not, however, the source of the traditions associated with the Church but rather the opposite; the biblical text came out of that tradition. It is also not the only important book of the Church. There are literally hundreds of early patristic writings that form part of Church tradition.

The Biblical text used by the Orthodox includes the Greek Septuagint and the New Testament. It includes the seven Deuterocanonical Books which are generally rejected by Protestants and a small number of other books that are in neither Western canon. Orthodox Christians use the term "Anagignoskomena" (a Greek word that means "readable", "worthy of reading") for the ten books that they accept but that are not in the Protestant 39-book Old Testament canon. They regard them as venerable, but on a lesser level than the 39 books of the Hebrew canon. They do, however, use them in the Divine Liturgy.

Icons -- small, often gilded paintings of saints, apostles, and the Holy Family -- adorn the walls of Orthodox churches and hagiographies often cover the inside structure completely. Many Orthodox homes have an area set aside for family prayer, the icon corner, on which icons of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the Saints are placed typically on an Eastern facing wall.

Petitioning The Holy Trinity

For more information, see The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity is a Christian conception of the triplicity of the Godhead, referred to as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, or as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Father is Jehovah God of the Jews; the Son is Jesus Christ, the Messiah or Redeeming Saviour; and the Holy Ghost is the Shekinah of the Jews, symbolized in Christianity as a snow white Dove or as Light. Many Christian root doctors call upon the direct aid of Jesus Christ, or the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost when working on behalf of clients. (Read More ...)

Petitioning Angels and Archangels

For more information, see Angels and Archangels

Both Christian and Jewish root doctors may call upon the direct aid of Archangels, Angels, and personal Guardian Angels for the help and protection of clients. (Read More ...)

Petitioning The Virgin Mary

For more information, see The Virgin Mary

The Blessed Mother Mary has been venerated in many different forms throughout the world. Mary is honored, praised and beloved as the pure Mother of Christ. She has appeared to the faithful and pure of heart in visions and apparitions, and many locations where she has been witnessed have become holy sites of healing and worship. Mary is the loving Mother of the Christ Child, and her intercession can be sought for any trouble one may have. (Read More ...)

Petitioning Orthodox Church Saints

For more information, see Orthodox Church Saints

Within the Orthodox Church, a saint may be designated as a patron or patroness of particular causes or professions, or be invoked against specific illnesses or disasters. A wide array of saints are known for their patronage of various facets of life, including returning lost lovers, finding lost objects, easing the burdens of the mentally ill, aiding in real estate and house-selling matters, bringing luck and money in a hurry, and ensuring a peaceful home and family life. (Read More ...)

Working with Orthodox Folk Saints

For more information, see Orthodox Folk Saints

Folks saints are spirits who have not been canonized as saintly by the Orthodox Church, but whose existence, legends, and assistance are well known to spiritual workers who come from Orthodox traditions. Popular Orthodox folk saints include The Three Magi. (Read More ...)

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Pages in category "Working Within the Orthodox Tradition"

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