Reflections on the future of the Oriental Orthodox Communion
obl obl 2 weeks ago

Prepared by – George Alexander, Secretary and Spokesperson – June – July 2014 Edited by – Ahira Sanchez (OCP Associate) Department of Church Research and Studies – OCP Society Visit the Addis Ababa Conference Portal: http://www.theorthodoxchurch.info/aacp… Read More

Message of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches
obl obl 4 months ago

(Phanar, March 6-9, 2014) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Through the grace of God, the Primates of the Most Holy Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, to the Orthodox faithful throughout the world, all of our Christian brothers and sister… Read More

AGREEMENT MADE BETWEEN PATRIARCHATES OF JERUSALEM AND ROMANIA ON RESTORING ECCLESIASTICAL COMMUNION
obl obl 4 months ago

2014 MINUTES (PRAKTIKON) OF THE DELEGATION OF THE PATRIARCHATE OF ROMANIA & OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM. On the 20th and 21st of February 2013, an official delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate consisting of His Eminence Metropolitan Nifon,… Read More

Statement of the Orthodox Church of Antioch on the Relations between the Eastern and Syrian Orthodox Churches
obl obl 8 months ago

November 12, 1991 A Synodal and Patriarchal Letter. To All Our Children, Protected by God, of the Holy See of Antioch: Beloved: You must have heard of the continuous efforts for decades by our Church with the sister Syrian Orthodox Church to foster a better knowledge a… Read More

The 8th Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East
obl obl 8 months ago

December 9-10, 2005  -    -  St. Aphrem Syrian Orthodox Monastery, Ma‘arat Saydnaya, Damascus Friday and Saturday, December 9-10, 2005, the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church, His Holiness Pat… Read More

The 2nd Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East
obl obl 8 months ago

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Catholicos Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenians of the Gr… Read More

The 10th Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East
obl obl 8 months ago

St. Ephrem Monastery, Ma’arat Saydnaya, Damascus, Syria April 19-21, 2007 C O M M O N    D E C L A R A T I O N In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Patriarch Mar I… Read More

Fifth Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East
obl obl 8 months ago

This meeting was held at St. Ephrem’s Monastery at Ma’arrat Seydnaya, Damascus, Syria,  from 7-9 March 2002 and issued the following Common Declaration In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria a… Read More

Third Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East
obl obl 8 months ago

Third Meeting of the Heads of the  Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East from 4th-9th May 2000 Antelias in the Lebanon. The third meeting of the heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East was hosted by the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia at it… Read More

PANORTHODOX BISHOPS’ statements ON THE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA & MISSION AND EVANGELISM (1994 Conference -Ligonier, PA)
obl obl 8 months ago

At both the  SPECIAL CONVENTION of our Archdiocese held in Pittsburgh, PA, (July 16-18) and the biennial CLERGY SYMPOSIUM held at the Antiochian Village (July 19-22) there were many references to and much discussion about the SCOBA-sponsored PANORTHODOX BISHOPS’… Read More

Chambesy Documents
obl obl 8 months ago

Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference Approves New Episcopal Assemblies throughout the World At the invitation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, delegates from the fourteen Autocephalous Churches participated in the historic Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan… Read More

Eastern Orthodox Unity
obl obl 8 months ago

November 5, 2013 Ivan Plis October was not a month of especial cooperation in the global Eastern Orthodox communion. Protesting the appointment in March of an archbishop for Qatar by the Church of Jerusalem, the Church of Antioch withdrew its participationfrom “all th… Read More

DIALOUGE & EFFORTS FOR UNITY BETWEEN THE TWO FAMILIES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
obl obl 8 months ago

EFFORTS FOR UNITY BETWEEN THE TWO FAMILIES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH ``Disputes merely about words must not be suffered to divide those who think alike'' St. Athanasius, Tome to the people of Antioch &n… Read More

Beyond Dialogue: The Quest for Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Unity Today
obl obl 8 months ago

Rev John H Erickson, Dean Symposium on 1700th Anniversary of Christian Armenia October 27-28, 2000 Henry Chadwick, distinguished church historian and veteran observer of the ecumenical scene, is fond of remarking that the chief reason for Christian division today is di… Read More

The Second All-Diaspora Council [Sobor] of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
obl obl 8 months ago

On 2/15 January, 1935, a year and a half before his death, the President of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Blessed Metropolitan Anthony, reported to theSynod on the desirability of convening a Second All-Diaspora Council with the participat… Read More

Journeys To Orthodoxy


  • Journey of Isaac David Haymes to Orthodoxy

    Isaac David Haymes When I was at Durham University in the 1970′s I kept a diary, and I recorded an event which I had completely forgotten until I re-read it a couple of years ago: I attended a talk on the Orthodox Church which so impressed me that I thought about joining. Well, it didn’t […]

  • Himalayan Ascent to Christ

      By Ryassophore Monk Adrian When we come to know God as Person, we begin to see His hand at work not only in the circumstances of our daily lives, but also in the events of our past which have led us to the present moment. We see how from partial truths He has led […]

  • The lure of a mystical path

    By Alice Tallmadge, Correspondent The Oregonian, Sunday, April 9, 2000 From Ashland to Portland, the Orthodox tradition is drawing Oregonians to its ancient depths EUGENE — The Saturday night buzz is revving outside the doors of St. Eugene Orthodox Church in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Motors race. Doors slam. Nearby taverns begin to fill with eager […]

  • Why In The World Would An Episcopalian Become Orthodox?

    Father Patrick McCauley Word Magazine  May 1993  Page 7-9 When I first became an Episcopalian years ago, a friend facetiously told me that I had joined the best church that money could buy.”  In fact, another wag observed that the Episcopal Church is the Cadillac of American Christianity’’ and the ‘‘Chevis Regal of Protestantism.’’  These […]

Orthodox Apologetics


  • The Holy Orthodox Church

    The Orthodox Church is the one true Catholic, Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Orthodox Church has maintained the right Apostolic succession without any breakage. Orthodox Church has the large number of Martyrs who have given their life for Jesus Christ. Millions of Orthodox Christians lost their lives during the attack of […]

  • On Standing in Church

    By the Very Rev. John Ealy It is always difficult in these relativistic times, when the only heresy is to speak of heresy, to present the Orthodox teaching about the completeness of our faith. It comes across often as arrogance when in fact we do not mean that we are anything special at all, we […]

  • Christmas Tree.. Pagan???

    In Defence of the Christmas Tree By Father Daniel Daly Several years ago during the Christmas season, a religious program on television caught my attention. The program featured a discussion on the dangers of cults, especially to young people. I found myself agreeing with the panelists as they warned young people about the hazards of […]

  • “What an Altar denotes?

    What is performed in the Altar? How do we relate the present day Altar to the Old times? ” 1. The altar was a place of sacrifice 2. The cross is a place of sacrifice 3. A blood sacrifice was required, the New Testament, our blood atonement is Jesus instead of animals A.. The altar […]

Orthodox Prayers


  • Trisagion Memorial Prayer for the Departed

    “O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who has trampled down Death and overthrown the Devil, and given life unto Your world, give, we beseech You, eternal rest to the soul of Your departed servant, in a place of brightness, in a place of verdure, in a place of repose, from whence all pain, […]

  • A prayer of a sick person

    O Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, Physician of souls and bodies, who become man and suffer death on the Cross for our salvation, and through Your tender love and compassion did heal all manner of sickness and affliction; visit me O Lord in my suffering, and grant me grace and strength to bear this sickness […]

  • A prayer of Repentance

    O Lord our God, good and merciful, I acknowledge all my sins which I have committed every day of my life, in thought, word and deed; in body and soul alike. I am heartily sorry that I have ever offended you, and I sincerely repent; with tears I humbly pray to You, O Lord: of […]

  • Prayers at the table

    Before Meals + In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name; Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, […]

OCP Documents


  • Reflections on the future of the Oriental Orthodox Communion

    Prepared by – George Alexander, Secretary and Spokesperson – June – July 2014 Edited by – Ahira Sanchez (OCP Associate) Department of Church Research and Studies – OCP Society Visit the Addis Ababa Conference Portal: http://www.theorthodoxchurch.info/aacp/ The six ancient Oriental Orthodox (OO) Churches, Coptic, Syrian, Armenian (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin & Armenian Catholicate in […]

  • The Community of St Gregorious of Parumala in Dindigul Exposed

    Mr Ajesh T Philip presenting the icon of St Gregorious to Mr Xavier OCP News Service(Exclusive) 24/10/2012 * Mr Ajesh T Philip discovered the lost Orthodox Community of St Gregorious of Parumala in Dindigul. Read more here ” The Lost Orthodox Christians of St Gregorious of Parumala in Dindigul”  Dindigul/Tamil Nadu: As part of the decision of […]

  • The Role of Syrian Patriarch in Coptic Papal Consecration

    George Alexander Department of Church Research and Studies – Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society Special Courtesy: Metropolitan Abba Seraphim of of Glastonbury (Primate of British Orthodox Church within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria) 12/11/2012 Global: It was noted that some newspapers in India/Kerala have given a completely inaccurate picture about the role of the Syrian […]

  • A Humble Call for Unity of Orthodoxy in Ukraine

    Department of Church Research and Studies – Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society “ By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat and wept When we remembered Zion” (Psalm 136) The Orthodox Study Bible It is indeed sad that the Orthodox Churches in Ukraine are split into different denominations. Am not going into the history of the […]

Oriental Orthodox Documents


  • The 8th Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

    December 9-10, 2005  -    -  St. Aphrem Syrian Orthodox Monastery, Ma‘arat Saydnaya, Damascus Friday and Saturday, December 9-10, 2005, the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church, His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I of the Syrian Church and His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian […]

  • The 2nd Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

    In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Catholicos Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenians of the Great House of Cilicia, and the members of […]

  • The 10th Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

    St. Ephrem Monastery, Ma’arat Saydnaya, Damascus, Syria April 19-21, 2007 C O M M O N    D E C L A R A T I O N In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Patriarch Mar […]

  • Fifth Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

    This meeting was held at St. Ephrem’s Monastery at Ma’arrat Seydnaya, Damascus, Syria,  from 7-9 March 2002 and issued the following Common Declaration In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark of the Coptic Orthodox […]



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