The orthodox church
"church of the Martyr's"
Ancient & Orthodox
The Gospels & epistles come from the church
The Orthodox Church welcomes all persons who are sincerely seeking the one true and Living God, no matter who they are. The Orthodox Church affirms that all people have a brokeness and incomplete relationship with God. The Orthodox Church affirms that all people who sincerely seek can find healing and salvation by the grace of God through Christ and His Church which is His Body.
icons, mary & saints
The Orthodox Church only worships God who is One in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Orthodox do not worship idols or images. For millennia the Orthodox Church has used icons to illustrate the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, the life of the Church, the events in the Scriptures and the Gospels and the Saints who lived for the faith.
Icons are visual depictions of God’s Holy interactions with mankind in history and depictions of the people God has interacted with and through. There are innumerable saints and only some have been officially recognised by the Church to portray the holy life which we should draw inspiration from.
The Orthodox Church respects and venerates icons just as the scriptures are venerated. The icons portray and demonstrate graphically what is holy.
To venerate means to give great respect and reverence. In a world where few things are respected, the Orthodox Church maintains the recognition of the holiness of God and the holiness of people and things that God has touched with his presence.
The Saints and faithful in Christ are not dead. The Church consists of the Body of Christ, the assembly of all God’s faithful from the beginning till the present day. The faithful and the Saints who have given their lives for the faith are alive in Christ, praying for all to be saved through Christ (Rev 8:4). The Orthodox Church recognises that the prayer of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16). Just as one would ask a friend or family member to pray from oneself, the early Church would also entreat the intercessionary prayers of the Saints who are alive and present with Christ. Even now, we ask that the Saints in the cloud of witnesses that surrounds us to pray for us, reminding us that we are part of the entire Body of Christ, past and present as one Body of Christ.
“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-8
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Theotokos or Bearer-of-God, just as all people, required salvation through Christ. The Theotokos, the “handmaiden” of the Lord is called blessed because of her willingness to bear and give flesh to the Lord Jesus Christ, whom Thomas calls his Lord and his God (John 20:28).
How a person views the Virgin Mary will be based on their understanding of who Jesus Christ truly is. The Orthodox Church has never worshipped the Blessed Virgin, but has always loved, revered and venerated her as the Theotokos, (God-Bearer). Orthodox often entreat the Theotokos, as with other Saints, to pray for them.
The great “cloud of witnesses” consisting of God’s family that surrounds the faithful that are ever present, ever praying to God for us (Hebrews 12:1) just as we pray for another.
Ancient & eternal christianity
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