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Dogmatic Articles

1. The Way of Salvation. --

    Eternal Salvation is promised to mankind only through the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ, and upon condition of obedience to the teaching of the Gospel, which requires Faith, Hope, and Charity, and the due observance of the ordinances of the Orthodox and Catholic Christian Religion.

{Note: "Religion" comes from the Latin word "Religare" which literally means to Unite With God.  This means to accept what has been handed down to us through time and history by God through the prophets, His Son, Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles and the Seven Ecumenical Councils without adulteration, and the Patristic Fathers of the Church.  The ultimate test of Faith lies in this belief on a day-to-day basis in one's thoughts, in one's word, and in one's deed or action; according to one's own nature and degree of ability to do so.}

2. Faith, Hope and Charity -
    Faith is a virtue infused in us by God whereby man accepts and believes without doubting, whatever God has revealed in the Church concerning true Religion.

    Hope is a virtue infused by God, and following upon Faith; by it man puts his entire trust and confidence in the goodness and mercy of God, through Jesus Christ, and looks for the fulfillment of(the Divine promises made to those who obey the Gospel.

    Charity is a virtue infused by God, and likewise is    consequent upon Faith, whereby man, loving God above all things for His own sake and his neighbor as himself for God's sake, yields up his will to a joyful obedience to the revealed will of God in the Church.

3. The Church --

    God has established the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church upon earth to be the pillar and the ground of the revealed Truth and has committed to her the guardianship of the Holy Tradition, and the power of binding and loosing.  {This is the roots of that which is called the Christian Church}

4. The Creed --

    The Church Catholic has set forth the principal Doctrines of the Christian Faith in twelve articles as follows:

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

II. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all Ages, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father, by Whom all things were made,

III. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was Incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made Man,

IV. And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, He suffered, died and was buried; {He descended into Hell is of another creed of faith of the Orthodox Church Catholic which Jesus Christ literally did accomplish for us as a part of the Salvific plan.}

V. On the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures,

VI. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;

VII. And He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end;

VIII. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke to the prophets

IX. And in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church;

X. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;

XI. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead;

XII. And the Life in the world to come. Amen.


5. The Sacraments --

    The fundamental ordinances of the Gospel instituted by Jesus Christ as a special means of conveying Divine grace and influence to the souls of men, which are commonly called Sacraments, and are Seven in number, namely Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Penance, and Unction.  {Although the Church has determined primarily SEVEN SACRAMENTS, the Orthodox Church does not limit the fullness of the HOLY MYSTERIES to seven}

Thus: Baptism -- is the first Sacrament of the Gospel, administered by immerson or pouring of water with the words, 'I Baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit' It admits the recipient into the Church, bestows upon him the forgiveness of sins, and the consequences of original sin through the Blood of Christ, and causes in him spiritual change called Regeneration. Without valid Baptism no other Sacrament can be validly received."

"Confirmation-- is a Sacrament in which the Baptized person, on being anointed with Chrism consecrated by the Bishops of the Church, with the imposition of hands, receives the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit to strengthen him in the grace which he received at Baptism, making him a strong and perfect Christian and a good soldier of Christ." (A Priest may, with the permission of the Bishop, confer Confirmation.)

"The Holy Eucharist -- is a Sacrament by which, consubstantial with the natural physical elements of bread and wine, the bread and wine becomes the REAL and ACTUAL BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST and is given and received for the remission of sins, the increase of Divine grace, and the reward of everlasting Life. After the words of Institution ("This is my Body" and "This is the cup of my Blood, the Blood of the New and ever lasting Covenant which will be given up for you and for many that sins may be forgiven.....") the bread and wine are entirely converted into the living Body and Blood of Christ while retaining the physical elemental substance, to which change the philosophical terms of Consubstantiation and Transmutation are rightly applied."

The celebration of this Mystery, commonly called the Mass, constitutes the chief act of Christian worship, being a sacrificial Memorial or re-presentation of our Lord's death. It is not a repetition of the Sacrifice offered once for all upon Calvary, but is a perpetuation of that Sacrifice by the Church on earth, as our Lord also perpetually offers it in heaven. It is a true and propitiatory Sacrifice, which is offered alike for the living and for the departed.

Holy Orders -- is a Sacrament instituted by Christ and passed on to His Apostles, in which the Holy Spirit, through the laying on of hands of the Bishops, consecrates and ordains the Bishops, Priests and Ministers chosen to serve in the Church, and imparts to them special grace to administer the Sacraments, to forgive sins, and feed the flock of Christ. An indelible mark is placed on the soul in Holy Orders which identifies the man as a Deacon, Priest or Bishop in time and in eternity.

Bishopsmust have valid Apostolic Succession and valid succession of Apostolic truth to Ordain or Consecrate in a valid fashion. Only a Baptized male may be ordained.
 

Matrimony-- is a Sacrament in which the voluntary union of two Persons (one male and one female) are sanctified to become an image of the union between Christ and His Church; and grace is imparted to them to fulfill the duties of their estate and its great responsibilities both to each other and to their children. The couple are the actual minister of the Sacrament. The Priest is the official witness for the Church and the entire faith community.

Penance-- is a Sacrament in which the Holy Spirit bestows forgiveness of sins, by ministry of the Priest, upon those who, having sinned after Baptism, confess their sins with true repentance and penance by word and action to forgive others and obtain forgiveness on earth from those whom they have offended and grace given is to amend their lives thereafter.

Unctionis a Sacrament in which the Priest of the Church anoints the sick with oil, for the healing of the infirmities of their souls, and if it should please God, those of their bodies also.

The efficacy of the Sacraments depends upon the promise and appointment of God. The Sacraments actually confer that grace which they represent.

6. Holy Scripture --     The Scriptures are writings inspired by God and given to the Church for her instruction and edification. The Church is therefore the custodian and the only Divinely appointed interpreter of holy Scripture.

7. Tradition --    The Apostolic and Ecclesiastical Traditions received from the seven General Councils and the early Fathers of the Church may not be rejected; but are to be received and obeyed as being both agreeable to Holy Scripture and to that Authority with which Christ endowed His Church. Matters of discipline and ceremony do not rank on the same level with matters of Faith and Morals, but may be altered from time to time and from place to place by the Authority of the Church, according as the welfare and greater devotions of the faithful may be furthered thereby.

8. The Communion of Saints --    There is a Communion of Saints in the Providence of God, wherein the souls of righteous men of all ages are united with Christ. In the bond of faith and love. Wherefore it is pleasing to God, and profitable to men, to honor the Saints and to invoke them in prayer; and also to pray for the faithful departed.

9. Religious Symbols --     The relics and representations of Saints are worthy of honor, as are also all other religious emblems; that our minds may be encouraged to devotion and to imitation of the deed of the just. Honor shown to such objects is purely relative, and in no way implies a confusion of the symbol with the thing signified.

10. Rites and Ceremonies --     It is the duty of all Christians to join in the worship of the Church, especially in the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in accordance with our Lord's express command; and to conform to the ceremonies prescribed by holy Tradition for the greater dignity of that Sacrifice and for the edification of the faithful.

11. The Moral Law --     All Christians are bound to observe the Moral Law contained in the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament, developed with greater strictness in the New, founded upon the law of nature and charity, and defining our duty to God and to man.

    The laws of the Church are also to be obeyed, as proceeding from that Authority which Christ has committed to her for the instruction and salvation of His people.

12. The Monastic Estate --    The monastic life duly regulated according to the laws of the Church, is a salutary institution in strict accord with the holy Scriptures and is full of profit to them who after being carefully tried and examined, make full proof of their calling thereto.

The Organic Articles:

1. Head of the Church --

The Foundation Head and Supreme Pastor and Bishop of the Church is our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, from Whom all Bishops and Pastors derive their spiritual powers and jurisdiction.

2. Obedience --

    By the law and institution of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel, all Christians owe obedience and submission in spiritual things to them who have rule and authority within the Church.

3. Ministerial Authority --

    Our Lord Jesus Christ did not commit rule and authority within the Church to all the faithful indiscriminately, but only to the Apostles and to their lawful successors in due order.

4. Apostolic Succession --

    The only lawful successors of the Apostles are the Orthodox and Catholic Bishops, united by profession of the selfsame Belief, participation in the same Sacraments, and mutual recognition and Intercommunion. The Bishops of the Church, being true successors of the Apostles are by Divine right and appointment the rulers and teachers of the Church. It is a Bishops duty to pass judgment, to interpret, to Consecrate, to Ordain, to Offer Sacrifice, to Baptize, and to Confirm.

"In virtue of this appointment each individual Bishop is supreme and independent in that part of the Church which has been committed to his care, so long as he remains in Faith and Communion with his brother Catholic Bishops, who cannot exclude any from the Church save only them who stray from the path of virtue or err in Faith."

It is unlawful within Orthodox Jurisdictions for any single Bishop, or any smaller group of Bishops, or for any secular power or state to usurp absolute authority.

5. Church Authority --

    The collective body of the Orthodox Catholic Episcopate, united by profession of the Faith, by the Sacraments, and by the mutual recognition and actual Intercommunion, is the source and depository of all order, authority and jurisdiction in the Church, and is the center of visible Catholic Unity; so that no Pope, Patriarch or Bishop, or any number of Bishops separated from this united body can possess any authority or jurisdiction whatsoever.

"It is an act of schism to appeal from the known judgment of the complete Orthodox and Catholic Episcopate, unless when such declares anything in contradiction to the Scriptures or introduces any innovation in teaching which teaching contradicts the teaching of the Apostolic Church. The Episcopate is a continuation of the Apostolic Office and is clearly a Divine institution and its authority if founded in Divine right.

General Councils are not of themselves of direct Divine appointment and so the Episcopate having clearly the Scriptural promise of Divine guidance into all Truth, cannot be hampered in the exercise of its authority by the necessity of assembling a General Council.

"There have been seven General Councils only, which are recognized by the whole of Orthodox Catholic Christendom, held respectively in Nicaea (AD 325), Constantinople (AD 381), Ephesus (AD 431), Chalcedon (AD 451), Constantinople (AD 553), Constantinople (AD 680), and Nicaea (AD 787). At no other Councils was the entire body of the Orthodox and Catholic Episcopate representatively assembled and the decrees and pronouncements of no others must of themselves be accepted as binding upon the conscience of the faithful."

6. Hierarchy --

    "Be it known that within all Orthodox Jurisdictions all Primates, Archbishops, and Metropolitans, (that is to say, all Bishops who exercise their administrative authority over other Bishops) are equal in Sacramental Authority. All Bishops receive their authority from God and are representatives of God and not only representatives of a Metropolitan, Primate or jurisdiction. Those Bishops under the authority of a Metropolitan or Primate etc are equal in Sacramental authority to the Primates, Metropolitans etc. The fullness of the Church Universal resides within each Bishop individually and collectively.


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However... there is something else we wish to warn you about.

 

DISCLAIMER NOTICE: The views expressed at this website regarding any article not directly connected to religious content is the opinion or commentary of the author which we may not necessarily believe in, accept or support, and some religious articles we may not accept or support either. We take no responsibility or liability for the content of any news item or article presented as any information provided which you rely upon requires that you, the reader/viewer, take action to verify its worthiness on your own.  We have deduced to a minor degree, that the information provided by the author is such that warrants posting for you the viewer/reader only... and that any statements or purported facts, including any news item, is for you to verify as to its authenticity.  We take no liability and no responsibility for its accuracy whatsoever! You who are new visitors, may wish to read a very short article below entitled "The purpose for presenting our Daily News section" Sadly to say, we take no pleasure in stating that some of the items we post are not from what we would call true "Christian" organizations. But we post it because it provides another side of the proverbial story.  The Church, after all, is supposed to be a temple for sick souls (sinners) without distinction between their worse sins or otherwise, but it seems to some organizations that they say much about others, but fail and refuse to upbraid themselves and their members for their own sins...)

 

"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

 

- Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

The purpose for presenting this Daily News section:

Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

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