"Slava Isysy Xristy! - Welcome..."
from "Old Country" roots we are the
ORTHODOX CHURCH OF AMERICA
We earnestly ask for the world's prayers at this time for our brothers
and sisters in the Ukrainian & Russian Homelands...for peace & calm!
~ MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, INTERCEDE FOR US ~
Orthodoxy was the first Christian Faith to arrive in the Americas nearly 1,000 years ago! The Vikings in Newfoundland came with Missionaries from the "Old World" years before the Great Schism between East & West when the Church was still One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic..."Orthodox in Faith" and "Catholic in Communion." This fact contradicts the often held belief that Roman Catholicism was the first to arrive when Christopher Columbus landed in the West Indies.
However we may look at it, the fact is that the first Christians in North America came from Scandinavia at a time when Scandinavian Christians were an integral part of Orthodox Christendom. And so it is up to us to take up the mission begun in this land by Lief Ericsson and his Orthodox descendants!
Diverse spiritual heritages were also planted throughout North and South America with the first Russian Missionaries arriving in what we now call Alaska. The Orthodox Faith was further planted throughout the great cities of North America from New York to Chicago, Toronto to San Francisco. Communities abounded, rich in faith and ethnic traditions, by Greeks, Lebanese, Ukrainians, Serbians, Macedonians, Albanians, Romanians and many more.
In the mid 1920's, at the request of Ukrainian Bishop Palladios (Rudenko), seminarists were summoned to New York to serve the Faithful, among them was the energetic, Peter Andreas Zhurawetzky, ordained to the Priesthood by Greek Archbishop Athenagoras (Spyrou), who later became the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Accompanying Father Peter were classmates Andrei (Kuschak), Bohdan (Shpylka) and Mstyslav (Skrypnyk), who later became the Patriarch of Kyiv in the Ukraine.
Through the brotherly efforts of Archbishop Peter (Zhurawetzky), with that of Bishops Christopher (Contogeorge) & Arsenios (Saltos) - Alexandria, Theophanies (Noli) - Albania, Joachim (Souris) & Konstantin (Jaroshevich) - Greece, Nicholas (Kedroffsky) & Joseph (Klymowycz) - Russia... the foundation of a unified organization to serve America began to flourish.
By 1951, as reported in The New York Times, the Hierarchs met, and, although wanting to establish an American Patriarchate, their efforts eventually evolved into what the Russian Patriarch St. Tikhon (Bellavin) had envisioned decades earlier as the Orthodox Church of America.
APOSTOLIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
The Orthodox Church of America is part of the Apostolic Orthodox Church, an independent self-governing association of bishops, clergy and laity, having preserved intact the grace of valid Apostolic Succession and based their existence on the canonical foundation of the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church regulations 1917- 1918 gg., Decree of His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon number 362 of November 7/20, 1920, as well as the ancient (doimperskoy) tradition of church government based on the principle of autocephaly (self governance) of each bishop.
The Orthodox Church of America has been blessed and is currently under the Omophorion of Archbishop +Jairo (Gonzalez), Metropolitan of the Iglesia De La Santa Fe Del Oriente Cristiano in Colombia, South America, and, under the Canonical Protection of His Eminence +Vasily (Kuzhevatov), Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia and Primate of the APC Synod.
The Orthodox Church of America is part of the Apostolic Orthodox Church which formally began organizing in 1992 to unite people who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - The Savior of the world.
The APC Synod professes the Apostolic and the Nicene Creed, and the Orthodox Faith, based on Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition (the teaching of the Apostles, the Holy Fathers, the Holy Seven Ecumenical Councils and Local Councils).
We try to follow the path that we have received from Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; the way that elected His closest Disciples - the Twelve Apostles. His life and that of the Apostles left us an example to be followed by every Christian to spread the Gospel throughout the world.
The One True Church, the Orthodox Church, is "Apostolic" because all she has: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and her life of grace - all this, she received from Christ through the Apostles. Our Church encourages its members to continue to live as Christ lived in the Apostles, in humility, simplicity, holiness and the unconditional love of God and all His people.
The Deposit of Faith, the Faith of the Apostles, the Apostolic Doctrines held by the Apostolic Orthodox Church, were not invented by people, but literally heard from the lips of the Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ and preached by them due to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost.
We cherish the Orthodox Faith and the tenets of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils, but allow changes to the Holy Canons and ritual diversity, if it is for the best preaching of the Gospel and the salvation of souls.
Recognizing both the Western and Eastern Christian heritage, the richness of theological thought and liturgical traditions, we are ready to work together and to pray with other Christian churches.
True unity of the Church cannot be found in organizational structures, but in the spirit of brotherly love and unity in the Faith and the Sacraments.
The Apostolic Orthodox Church is built on Sacred Scripture, Tradition and Holy Canons of the Universal Church and the pastoral needs of today. In the event of a conflict between the Canons and the Word of God and between any Traditions and the Proclamation of the Gospel in terms of modernity, the Apostolic Orthodox Church considers it necessary and permissible to change the Canons and develop a tradition strictly liable to the spirit and letter of Divine Revelation.
Bishops, priests and laity of the Apostolic Orthodox Church, in observance of Our Lord's words, saying, "Who wants to be great among you, shall be servant of all" (Mf.20 26) consider it necessary to build a Christian life with respect for the needs of Orthodox believers and all Christians and to safeguard the bishop and priest, in their obligation, to preserve and teach the truths of faith, with prayer and organized congregations, showing mercy and service to others.
According to the Apostles and Sacred Scripture, "no doubt there will be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval" (1 Cor.11 19) therefore, the Apostolic Orthodox Church permits and encourages diversity of liturgical structure and principles of community life while maintaining unity and a spirit of brotherly love, calling for the spread of ecumenical communion among brothers in Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Public Service by Rt. Rev. Michael
"With God there is no space or time....from our home in a Free Country,
may He Bless our Beloved Brethren in the Rus-Ukraine"
may He Bless our Beloved Brethren in the Rus-Ukraine"