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The Byzantine Orthodox Church is the New Testament Church led by the Holy Spirit.


The Byzantine Orthodox Church is Pentecostal and Evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is Catholic, but not Roman. It isn't non-denominational - it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost over 2000 years ago. Byzantine Orthodox Catholic Church Maintains an unbroken Tradition and Apostolic Succession from Saint Andrew the first-called Apostle.


Byzantine Orthodox are followers of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of the Living God, who in His great mercy came into the world and assumed our human nature by becoming a man so that He could save us from our sins by His passion, death, resurrection and glorious ascension to Heaven. We are the witnesses to God’s saving action in human history, and the bearers of the Good News of Christ to the ends of the earth.

The Byzantine Orthodox Church traces its foundation to the 12 Apostles of Christ who were the companions of Jesus as he walked on this earth some 2000 years ago. After the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), the Apostles began to proclaim the Gospel, first to Jerusalem, then to the Gentiles. The first mission of the New Testament Church to the Greek-speaking Gentiles of the Levant was to Antioch, in the Roman province of Syria, where "the disciples were first called Christians" (Acts 11:26). Antioch became the staging area for the great missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul, which resulted in the foundation of a string of Greek-speaking Christian communities in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey) and Greece. Similar missionary journeys were undertaken by other Apostles throughout the Hellenized Eastern Mediterranean, as well as deep into the heart of the Latin West, to Rome itself, the capital of the Empire.

As the Christian Church grew, each nation and culture who received the Gospel in turn influenced the growth of the Church. Even at a relatively early stage in the history of the Church, two major heritages developed and remain with us today: the Eastern or "Greek" tradition, and the Western or "Latin" tradition. The Church in the West had its principal center at the Imperial capital of Rome, and is known in our present-day as the Roman Catholic Church. The Church in the East grew and developed from the Churches in Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria. These three Eastern centers shared a common language, Greek, and similar mode of discourse which formed the basis for the subsequent development of the Eastern Christian tradition. The Byzantine Orthodox Church shares in the inheritance of the first Greek-speaking Christian communities of the Eastern Mediterranean world, founded by the Apostles of Jesus Christ.

The Orthodox Church is one of the oldest religious institutions in the world, teaching that it is the continuation of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church established by Jesus Christ in his Great Commission to the apostles, and practicing what it understands to be the original faith passed down from the Apostles (Holy Tradition).

How To Start A Parish

Do you have a vocation to the Holy Priesthood or Call to evangelism? Marriage is not a barrier to Holy Orders! Can you Start a Mission?

1. Secure a core group to explore starting a mission (usually 2-5 families/individuals) that are Orthodox
2. Contact your bishop, letting him know of your desire to start a mission in your area.  
3. If the bishop approves, he will give you permission to start holding reader's services.  Perhaps one or more of the starting members will be tonsured a reader if a member in good standing at their last parish.
4. Once you have secured a place to meet and have had reader's services for a month or two, the local dean and/or bishop will arrange to have supply priests hold a liturgy at the mission at least once a month.  At this point the mission usually receives it's name.
5. After showing enough growth that demonstrates that the community has the potential to evangelize their local area and support a priest and his family either a priest will be assigned to the mission or one of the mission families will go to seminary. Click here to read more and See guidelines here

Unity in Diversity; Diversity in Unity

For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12.  "Christ is the Head of the Church." Union with Christ is indispensable. Col 1:18

It denotes, further, a oneness of faith. Diversities of belief there certainly are among real believers.

The Eastern and Western Catholics including the Orthodox Catholics concur in the necessity of "repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.". The validity of the Priesthood, the Seven Sacraments or Mysteries, the real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. They are also of one purpose. The various members of the body, controlled by a single will, work together for the same ends. The members of Christ's mystical body have a common aim.

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