Right Faith - Right Worship
The Orthodox Church is evangelical
– but not Protestant
It is orthodox – but not Jewish
It is catholic – but not Roman
It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died
for the Faith of the Apostles
since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago
Good sites for general information about the Orthodox Church - see also our Links page
(Scroll down for information re the Russian Church, the Orthodox Church in Australia, and more)
The Essence of Christianity: Father Dumitru Staniloae (Romanian Orthodox Theologian):
The Russian Church
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: of Moscow and All Russia
The Russian Orthodox Church is the largest of the Local Orthodox Churches, and accounts for about three quarters of all Orthodox worldwide. Some eighty per cent of ethnic Russians, Byelorussians, and Ukrainians identify themselves as Russian Orthodox; but the Church includes representatives of over sixty other nationalities as well. Under the leadership of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Church is rapidly expanding. As at February 2010, there were 160 dioceses, 207 ruling and auxiliary bishops, 28,434 priests and 3625 deacons. Also, there were 30,142 active parishes, 386 male monasteries, and 402 female convents.
His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion: First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad
ROCOR is a semi-autonomous jurisdiction of the Church of Russia, originally formed, under the leadership of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev, by Russian émigrés, in response to the policy of the Bolsheviks and the subsequent persecution of the Church in the Soviet Union.
ROCOR has spread around the globe, providing a spiritual home for the Russian diaspora, and being a beacon of light to the non-Orthodox communities in which it has settled.
With glasnost and the fall of the Soviet regime, the two parts of the Russian Church – ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate – were fully reintegrated through an Act of Canonical Unity, approved and formally signed in Moscow on May 17, 2007.
Today, under the Primacy of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, who is also the ruling bishop of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese, the Church continues to grow, and has facilitated many congregations made up of people from non-Russian backgrounds, worshipping according to Orthodox tradition, in their own language. Currently there are about 350 parishes and 20 monasteries for men and women in 32 countries throughout the world, served by 462 clergy.
Orthodox Church in Australia
Can you really become a new person in Christ? The testimony of Fr Themi