What the Holy Orthodox Church Believes

  • The Bible in the Orthodox Church

  • The Nicene-Constantinoplotian Creed

    I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth and of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

    And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.

    In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

  • The Seven Ecumenical Councils

    1. Nicea I 325
      Formulated the First Part of the Creed, defining the divinity of the Son of God

    2. Constantinople I 381      
      Formulated the Second Part of the Creed, defining the divinity of the Holy Spirit

    3. Ephesus 431
      Defined Christ as the Incarnate Word of God and Mary as Theotokos

    4. Chalcedon 451
      Defined Christ as Perfect God and Perfect Man in One Person

    5. Constantinople II 553
      Reconfirmed the Doctrines of the Trinity and of Christ

    6. Constantinople III 680
      Affirmed the True Humanity of Jesus by insisting upon the reality of His human will and action

    7. Nicea II 787
      Affirmed the propriety of icons as genuine expressions of the Christian Faith