Some important facts about the Eastern Orthodox Church

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One of three main Christian groups. 200-300 million Orthodox Christians in the world. Based on elements of Eastern European and Middle Eastern culture. Sometimes referred to as “Byzantine Christianity”. ID: 598373 Download Presentation

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Some important facts about the Eastern Orthodox Church

One of three main Christian groups200-300 million Orthodox Christians in the worldBased on elements of Eastern European and Middle Eastern cultureSometimes referred to as “Byzantine Christianity”Belief in Jesus Christ and believe in his resurrection

Ceremonial head of the Orthodox faith is the Patriarch of Constantinople

Many other Orthodox churches lead by other patriarchs---mostly independent

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History and Schism

Eastern and Western churches divide officially in 1054 A.D.Broke over Pope’s claim to be the supreme authority of ChristianityHugely dividing event = 1205 “sacking” of Constantinople by Western Christians (Catholic forces) during the CrusadesEvents of 1205 lead to 1453 conquering of Constantinople by Ottoman Turks

Changes between churches developed slowly

Orothodox

= local languages

Catholic = Latin

Eastern Europe = Orthodox

Western Europe = Catholic

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Life and Worship

Orthodox means “correct”Orthodox faith believes it worships God correctlyOrthodox Bible = Old Testament based on ancient Jewish translation so slightly different

Divine Offices or Cycle of Prayer = official prayers recited by the faithful

Divine Liturgy = important part of Church services

Monastic life = important aspect

Many days of fasting are part of Orthodox tradition

Church services include many important “sacraments” that are important to the faith


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