The Founding of Orthodoxy

Part I

Very Rev. Fr. +Gregori, SSJt., Abbot, Cor-Bishop

 

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     It is strongly urged that those of you who are not Orthodox Catholic Christians, even those of you who are not Christians, that this and the subsequent "Part II" articles will apprise you with much information and understanding about the Orthodox Catholic Christian Church world-wide.  Without this understanding, one's views and understandings will remain, at best, faulty, if not, prejudiced!! 

 

    Rev. Father +Gregori, SSJt. Abbot and Cor-Bishop, is most accurate in his presentation and it is his attempt to not only educate you, but to re-educate those who have forgotten many things or have been psychologically manipulated by false teachings by not only many (not all) Protestants and even other religions, but about the supremacy of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church which officially schismed in 1054 A.D. 

 

     And, we find today that while many of the faithful of the Roman Jurisdiction are truly "Faithful" - they and the clergy who pastor them, have over-zealously taken a tone, temperament and attitude that is psychologically violent, like many (not all) Protestants and who are supposed to be "Orthodox", as a result of their errant and misguided understandings.  We pray for them.  But it is not just them alone who are at fault for this approach who are not "One With Them" in spirit and truth, but includes those of the more "Independent" Churches such as the Old Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, and those who actually call themselves "Independent Catholic".

 

     We are not "Independent" so much as we are like all those who, in their Orthodoxy, although separate in administrational matters, are members of the same Church in spirit and truth established by Jesus Christ through His Holy Apostles and Patristic Fathers.  There has been much said against those who are Orthodox Anglicans, and they forget the history of them as reflected in and by the actions of St. Tikhon (Russian Orthodox Church of blessed memory), for they are one and same with those of the Orthodox Faith too, even though they are errantly called as being a part of the Protestant denomination.  Orthodoxy is not a denomination whatsoever, and never was it.  True Orthodoxy is the foundation and root of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ! 

 

     However, with that being said, it should also be understood that the very core of that which separates them from Holy Orthodoxy is not the name of their organizations or churches, but their understanding and belief of their very Faith itself!  For without true and right thinking with such as befits the resources available for gaining truth... they will fall into the ways lead by the Evil One, the great deceiver himself.

 

     What our Rev. Father +Gregori presents, is truth!  What he presents is historical F A C T and it cannot be argued because its foundation is sure, true and accurate.  As a result, we do encourage each and every clergyman, parishioner and other faithful member of those who feel or believe they are members of Christ's Church, to read and heed the historical importance of the founding of the Orthodoxy at its very roots in time and history because then, by going to the source, you may find further understandings of the true faith delivered once and for all.

 

     We do find what Rev. Father +Gregori has offered our unworthy selves to be Axios! Axios! Axios!

 

     To Jesus Christ be all honor and Glory; In the name of the +Father, the +Son, and the +Holy Ghost.  Amen!  Amen!  Amen!   

 

+Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), OSB, SSJt., Ph.D.

Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

From Pentecost to the Present:

The true orthodox way of thought has always been historical, has always included the past, but has never been enslaved by it. . . [for] the strength of the Church is not in the past, present, or future, but in Christ. -Fr. Alexander Schmemann

The Orthodox Church is history in the flesh, in a manner of speaking, because of the fact that the teachings of the Bible take place in a historical context. In other words, they are a revelation of historical data, a narrative of God’s actions in history. Thus, Orthodox worship is a witness to history, from the earthly life of Jesus Christ, the Apostles, saints, monks, mystics, ascetics, martyrs, and theologians. It is this fact that lies at the root of Orthodoxy's conviction that it is the true Church of Christ on earth. Of course, the Church has evolved and changed over the centuries, but through its basic and essential identity and its organic and spiritual continuity, it has remained coextensive with the Church founded by the Apostles. It is the living extension in both time and space of the primitive Church in Jerusalem.

The birth and evolution of Orthodoxy began on Pentecost in Jerusalem with the out-pouring of Holy Spirit upon the small group of the Disciples of Jesus Christ. It was at this event that the Apostles, who were eye witnesses to the messianic earthly ministry of Jesus, felt authorized to preach and spread the Gospel (the Good News) to the world. It was on Pentecost that the Apostles were able to fully understand the glorious mystery of Pascha, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Thus they went forth preaching this Good News.

This birth and growth of the early Church was froth with problems and growing pains. Most of the Apostles, along with many of their followers, faced persecutions and martyrdom, yet the Church grew in numbers and survived and by the third century, even though the various individual Christian groups were unevenly scattered, Christians made up approximately ten percent of the total population of the Roman Empire, which made it a strong enough force to compel the emperors of Rome to end the persecutions. This was aided by the conversion of Constantine the Great along with his mother Helena, who gave legal recognition to the Christianity at the beginning of the fourth century (312 A.D.). By the end of the fourth century, became the official religion of the empire under Theodosius (392).

There were many reasons for the success of the Church and led to its victory over its persecutors. Among these reasons was disciplined hierarchal structure of the Church which was made up of Patriarchs, Metropolitan Archbishops, Archbishops, Bishops, Presbyters (priests), Deacons, etc. In the beginning, the ministry of the Apostles was itinerant, not stationary. After founding a community the Apostles would depart for another mission, leaving behind others to administer the new congregation and preside over the Eucharist and Baptism. In effect, a local hierarchy developed whose functions were stationary, administrative, and sacramental in contrast with the mobile authority of the Apostles. The presiding officer of each community, especially at each Sunday Eucharistic meal, was the episcopos, or bishop, who was assisted by priests and deacons. By the early second century, this settled system with its threefold pattern of bishop, priest, deacon was already in place in many areas. This type of hierarchal authority should come as no surprise, after all, the Last Supper -- the first liturgy -- could not have taken place without the Lord's presiding presence. From the beginning, the existence of a presiding head was taken for granted by the Church. This establishment of a local "monarchical" episcopate is still at the very center of Orthodox ecclesiology. Another reason for the success and survival of the infant Church was its care for the poor and the deprived and the message of Christianity about the equality of mankind in the eyes of God made a deep impression on the urban populations of the ancient world. Also, Christianity appeared to some to be an exclusive group that seemed to give one a sense of belonging, and this attracted new followers. But the real reason for the success of the Church was its saving message of the Gospel which promised liberation from bondage and the corruption of death, along with reconciliation and forgiveness of sins.

Both the Roman Empire and the civilization of Europe, which followed, reaped the benefits of the Church’s victory. The first four centuries of the Christian Church were, to a large extent, it’s most creative. It was during that time that the Church acquired its sense of self-identity which has remained the norm for Orthodoxy today. At the beginning of the Church, there was no New Testament. At that time, “Scripture” simply referred to the Old Testament writings. As the Church grew and developed, the early Church Fathers began to see a need to place all of the writings of apostolic origin or inspiration into a single canon. To this day, this collection of twenty-seven books still constitutes the total apostolic witness for the Church and is identical with our present New Testament. The most significant event in the history of Christianity during this period was its transformation, into a religion of two Testaments. Scripture in the Orthodox Church is routinely interpreted within the context of Tradition. Early Christians lived solely by Tradition handed down from the Apostles and their successors decades before the content of the New Testament was determined.

The fourth century was the start of a new civilization, the founding of the Christian Byzantine Empire in the city of Constantinople which became the center of Roman government when Emperor Constantine the Great moved the seat of Government to Byzantium from Rome in 330. The importance of this event in the history of Eastern Christianity cannot be exaggerated. This capital situated in the old Greek city of Byzantium, soon became the focus of the new emerging Orthodox civilization. Its lasting legacy lies mainly in the area of religion and art. The new cultural synthesis that developed was very clearly Christian, dominated by the Christian vision of life, rather than the pagan. One need only turn to Justinian's (532) "Great Church" of the Holy Wisdom -- the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople -- to realize this. Constantinople not only became the “New Rome”, it also became the undisputed center of Orthodox Christianity. It was at this point in the history of the Church that the Bishop of Constantinople assumed the title of "ecumenical patriarch. The Byzantine Empire was the single longest chapter in the history of the Church. It survived for over a millennium until its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

It was during the period of the Byzantine Empire that the Seven Ecumenical Councils took place. The seven ecumenical councils with their doctrinal formulations are of great importance as these Synods (assemblies) were responsible for the formulation of Christian doctrine and as such, they constitute a permanent standard for an Orthodox understanding of the Trinity, the persons of Christ, the incarnation. The decisions of these councils remain binding for the whole Church; non-acceptance constitutes exclusion from the communion of the Church which explains the separation from the body of the Church of such groups as the Jacobites, Armenians, Copts, and Nestorians. Ultimately, acceptance of these councils by the entire community of the Church is what gave them validity and authority. The acceptance of these decisions was due to the great theologians of the age. The literary defense, of these decisions, found in the theological writings of such Church Fathers and saints as Basil, Chrysostom, Gregory of Nazianzus, Athanasius, Cyril, and Gregory of Nyssa, still constitute an inexhaustible theological source for the contemporary Orthodox Christian.

The First Seven Ecumenical Councils are very important for another reason. The threefold ministerial structure of the Church was already a reality in many communities by the post-apostolic period. Each of the self-contained local churches, had its own independent hierarchical structure, was a self-governing unit. But, exact standards governing the relations of these churches with each other had not yet been defined. Yet, a certain "power structure" modeled in the main upon the organization of the Roman Empire eventually emerged, and even before the fourth century a provincial system had developed in which churches were grouped in provinces. In such cases it was customary to give greater honor to the "metropolitan" or bishop of the capital city (metropolis) of each province. Similarly, given the importance of certain cities in the Roman administration, special precedence was accorded the presiding bishop of the three largest cities in the empire: Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. The Fathers of the first council (325) formally recognized the status of the three dioceses of Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. With the emergence of Constantinople as the new capital of the empire, this patriarchal system was further modified. At the council of 381, Constantinople, as the "New Rome," was accordingly given second place after the old Rome, while Alexandria was assigned third place. This legislation received further confirmation at the fourth council of Chalcedon (451), when Constantinople, along with Jerusalem, was granted patriarchal status.

By the fifth century, a "pentarchy" or system of five sees (patriarchates), with a settled order of precedence, had been firmly established. As the ancient center and largest city of the empire, Rome was given primacy of honor within the pentarchy into which Christendom was now divided. Thus, this system of patriarchs and metropolitans was exclusively the result of ecclesiastical legislation; there was nothing inherently divine in its origin. None of the five sees, possessed its authority by divine right. If they had, then Alexandria could not have been demoted to third rank in order to have Constantinople exalted to second place. The determining factor was simply their secular status as the most important cities in the empire. Each of the five patriarchs was totally sovereign within his sphere of jurisdiction and the primacy of Rome, as such, did not entail universal jurisdictional power over the others. Just the opposite, all bishops, be they patriarchs or not, were equal. No one bishop, however exalted his see or diocese, could claim supremacy over the others. The bishop of Rome was simply vested with the presidency, as the senior bishop - the first among equals.

Byzantine religious art is among the empire's most enduring legacies. An iconoclast victory would have altered the course of Byzantine painting. Iconoclasm is often viewed apart from the Christological debates with which the earlier ecumenical councils concerned themselves, but the issue, to a large extent, was Christological in its nature. How could the divinity of Christ -- suggested the iconoclasts -- be depicted or represented without lapsing into idolatry? Veneration of the Lord's icon was nothing less than idolatrous worship of inanimate wood and paint; and that expressly was forbidden by Scripture to the Christian. This seemingly cogent argument, however, did not convince the Fathers of the Seventh Council. The Council stated that it is true, icons are made of wood and paint, but that they are only a symbol and not an object of absolute veneration or worship. The Church Fathers went on to state that icons are only relatively venerated since the true object of veneration is ultimately the person imaged or depicted in the icon, not the image itself. The Fathers concluded that it is altogether unlawful to worship icons, for God alone is worshipped and adored, but they could and should be venerated, however. The insistence that icons should be honored brings us to the Church's second crucial argument -- the Christological. This argument maintains that a representation of the Lord or of the saints is entirely permissible and in fact necessary because of the incarnation. In other words, the Son of God, the image of the Father, can be depicted pictorially precisely because he became visible and describable by assuming human nature and by becoming man. The defeat of the iconoclasts is celebrated annually by the Orthodox Church on the first Sunday of Lent. This "Feast of Orthodoxy" commemorates the final restoration of images (11 March 843).

The Byzantine period not only influenced the devotional art of the Orthodox Church, it highly influenced the liturgical life and development of the Church. Before rising to political prominence in the fourth century, Constantinople was only a minor see and it did not have any liturgical tradition of its own. This situation changed as Constantinople slowly absorbed various liturgical elements and traditions from older centers such as Antioch and Jerusalem which made major contributions to the "process of Byzantinization", the formation of the Byzantine Rite. Another major contributor to this process was Constantinople’s own resident imperial court with its own elaborate ceremonial. Due to Constantinople’s growing importance in the Church, this new liturgical synthesis became the standard and eventually replaced all other local rites within the Church by the time that the ninth century rolled around. The liturgy and the whole cycle of services, such as compline, vespers, etc., used today in the Orthodox world, is substantially identical with the original Byzantine rite of Constantinople.

Byzantine monasticism played a vital role in the victory of the Church against iconoclasm. They also had a large part in the formation of the liturgical regulations governing the cycle of Orthodox services today. Monasticism had large and vital impact on Orthodox Christianity as it was all encompassing and far-reaching. Before the fourth century, monasticism as a permanent institution did not exist. The foundations of monasticism are anchored in the totality of the Gospel message - the source of both its creativity and strength. The purpose of withdrawing into the desert or a monastery, is the renunciation of the world and of Satan to which every Christian commits himself at baptism. This renunciation is a basic condition to being a Christian. The monastic life is intimately bound to the baptismal vow. Entering a monastery is simply another means by which some have chosen to live the absolute ideal of the Gospel.

It is due to its essentially Christian goals that asceticism spread and influenced Orthodox spirituality, prayer, piety, and general Church life. Besides, the Church itself supported and promoted it, having recognized its unique charismatic ministry, usefulness, and potential for holiness. It was from the countless monastic communities that the Church often recruited its episcopate. Mt. Athos, alone, produced 144 bishops and provided the Church with 26 patriarchs. Indeed, virtually two thirds of the patriarchs of Constantinople between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries were monastics. As the established faith of the Byzantine Empire, the Church was often in danger of identifying itself with the state, of becoming worldly and thus losing its eschatological dimension. The monastic presence was always there to remind the Church of its true nature and identity with another Kingdom. Its fierce opposition to any compromise of the Christian vision was crucial in the Church's survival and independence. Often, the Byzantine/Orthodox Church has been described as a "state" or "national" Church, which is untrue. However, the Byzantine world did become more Greek, both in its language as well as geographically. This was the result of the defection of the non-Greek speaking areas of Syria and Egypt during the period of the ecumenical councils.

The schism between Eastern and Western Christendom didn’t help matters any, as it further isolated and confined Christian Byzantium. The loss of the non-Greek speaking areas and the schism between the Eastern and Western branches of the Church were a considerable loss and it was tragedy both for the Church and the empire. Though the Church is "Eastern" due to its geographical location, its theology and tradition is Catholic and Orthodox. The Byzantine Church itself was never so confined or isolated as the Byzantine Empire and the vitality of its missionary efforts in Eastern Europe and the Slavic world, soon after the iconoclastic controversy, is perfect evidence to the contrary.     

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    Yes, our Metropolitan Archbishop, +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D. strongly defends the Seals of the Confessional for such leads to true Repentance in thought, word and deed whereby the penitent is required to make amends, where possible, to seek forgiveness of those harmed by his actions whether real or imagined, and to give his forgiveness to those who have harmed him before taking the Holy Body and Blood in the Eucharist, Jesus the Christ.  The reality of this understanding is bound up in and with the findings for which cause he, himself, had been character assassinated by his detractors who claim the courts prevented him from breaking the Seals of the Confessional which is not the truth at all.... Click here to see what another bishop's findings are...

 

    The workings of Holy Spirit will not be daunted by those who attempt to cause disruption!  It is for these and other reasons that you are urged to read what true repentance and forgiveness means for real "Christians".

 

   "It would be better to have ten (10) true repentant X-felons who ask for and give true forgiveness than it would be to have one (1) non-x-felon or common person whose self-righteousness exceeds even the Pharisees, Sadducees, the gossip mongers, slanderers and un-repentant; for the repentant x-felon understands the true meaning of the Church's purpose as being the spiritual hospital." (siq) +Joseph Thaddeus, OSB, SSJt., Ph.D., Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

 

Yes... "Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater..." (1992-Fr. Alan Stanford)

 

One can ask, "What part of 'Prejudice' and 'hate' do you not understand?  Are you a complacent person?  In light of the saying, examine yourself!  You may be surprised if you are honest with yourself for your soul may convict you before Jesus Christ convicts you in the times to come!

 

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