The Orthodox Church was founded on the day of Pentecost, over 2,000 years ago. Despite wars, famines, regimes, and other world events, the Church has never stopped meeting. Orthodox Christians literally span the globe. Yet, this longstanding and much beloved faith family is little known in the West – especially in the United States.
The best way to learn about the Orthodox faith is to join us for worship. Even those of us who have been members for years still have lots of questions. Orthodox theology and faith practices are steeped in meaning, but they can also be a little intimidating – esp. for someone just interested in the big picture. You can find superb overviews of Orthodoxy at our Archdiocese Discover Orthodox Christianity page.
However, you can also find our entire belief system in what we call the “Symbol of our Faith” also known as the Nicene Creed (finalized and formally adopted by the Church at the Second Ecumenical Council held in Constantinople in 381). This brief yet rich theological statement beautifully sums Orthodoxy. It is declared by the faithful at every liturgy.
I believe in one God, the Father, the 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 worlds. Light of Light, very God of very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and made man. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge the quick and the dead. Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified. And I believe 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.