What is Church of the Genuine Orthodox

Christians of Greece?

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History of the Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church is the True Apostolic Church of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who founded His Church through His Apostles. By the grace of the Holy Spirit received at Pentecost, the Apostles established the Church throughout the ancient world. For a millennium, Orthodox Christendom was undivided, under the leadership of the Bishops of five Apostolic Patriarchates: Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.

Over time, however, the Patriarchate of Rome introduced various heresies: changing the Nicene Creed, claiming supremacy of the Pope of Rome over the other Bishops, and promoting the false doctrine of purgatory. These and other innovations, unhistorical and unsupported by either Holy Scripture or Holy Tradition, resulted in the separation of Rome from the historical and true Church of Christ in 1054.

Drifting further from its origins, continuing to introduce innovations, the Western church in the 16th century was shattered into a myriad of sects by the Protestant Reformation. Also in that century, Rome introduced the Gregorian calendar, in direct contradiction to the tradition of the Church, which followed the Julian calendar.

In Greece, Russia, the Balkans, the Middle East, and elsewhere, however, the True Apostolic Church of Christ continued to flourish, preserving the Faith of Christ pure and unchanged.

World Orthodoxy Today

Tragically, the Orthodox world was rent asunder in the 1920s by the innovations of the Patriarch of Constantinople, who, without consulting the other Patriarchs and Bishops, introduced the Gregorian calendar, replacing the Julian calendar. Since that time, as one after another of the historic Patriarchates adopted the Gregorian calendar, the pan-heresy of ecumenism has spread throughout the Church, aided by the superficial unity created by the use of the Gregorian calendar.

Ecumenism, in which all churches and organizations calling themselves Christian are said to be equal, each having some “part” of the truth  has been spread by the World Council of Churches and is now following its logical course of expanding to include all non-Christian religions as well. We live in an age in which the path Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ showed us is said to be just one path to “God” among many paths (i.e., Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Native American shamanism). This inclusiveness is called syncretism. Truth has been not only divided into parts, but is now relative and adaptive. (Truth, like the Church, is indivisible and cannot exist in “parts.”)

Another result of the “new” Orthodoxy is that worship services have been shortened, pews and organs have been introduced, fasting is neglected, and many of the canons of the Church, decided upon by Ecumnical Councils many centuries ago, have been abandoned, all in the name of progress, relevance to modern lifestyles, and the goal of a superficial union with other churches and organizations.

The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece

The Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece is comprised of the faithful confessors of Christian truth who have rejected the heresy of Ecumenism and it traces its spiritual lineage from the first bishops that departed the innovating State Church of Greece in 1935 to lead the Old Calendar movement.

Ruling Hierarch:

His Eminence, the Most Reverend Auxentios of Etna and Portland.

The jurisdiction of the Dio­cese of Etna and Port­land (DEP) ex­tends over its ex­tant pa­ri­shes and mo­nas­tic com­mun­ities in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, and A­ri­zo­na and the pro­vince of Al­ber­ta, as well as fu­ture pa­rish­es or mo­nas­tic com­mun­i­ties in these same states and pro­vince, in ad­di­tion to the states of Ida­ho, Ala­ska, Ne­vada, Ut­ah, and Hawaii and the pro­vince of British Co­lum­bia.

His Eminence is a member of the Synod of Bish­ops of the Church of the Gen­uine (Old Cal­en­dar) Or­tho­dox Christ­ians of Greece (CGOCG), under the pres­i­dency of His Bea­ti­tude, Arch­bishop Ka­llin­ikos of Athens and All Greece (see the Holy Sy­nod’s web­site, in Greek), and of the Church’s Ep­arch­ical Sy­nod in Ame­rica, under His Em­in­ence, Me­tro­pol­itan De­me­trios (see the Ep­arch­ical Sy­nod’s website here). The Ep­arch­ical Sy­nod of Bish­ops ad­min­is­ters the Holy Sy­nod’s pa­rish­es and mon­astic com­mun­ities in the U.S. and Ca­na­da, di­stri­bu­ted in four ad­min­is­tra­tive units: The Me­tro­po­lis of A­me­ri­ca, the Me­tro­po­lis of To­ron­to, the Dio­cese of Bo­ston, and the Dio­cese of Et­na and Port­land. The CGOCG and the DEP follow the “Old” or “Julian” Fe­stal Ca­len­dar of the Or­thodox Church and main­tain its tra­di­tional forms of wor­ship and spi­ri­tual prac­tice and ob­ser­vance (Or­tho­pra­xis). See a sta­tis­tical pro­file of the CGOCG and its com­mun­ities and Sis­ter Chur­ches world­wide here

Our faithful come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. While English is the primary language of worship, some parishes use Church Greek, some in combination with English.

 

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