A personal word:
a warm welcome to this web site.
This website examines the Orthodox Church (both the Eastern and Oriental traditions), with its rich and ancient tradition. There are approximately 260 million Orthodox Christians worldwide*, and they are found in many countries around the world. Numerically, the largest community of Eastern Orthodox Christians is found in Russia, and the largest community of Oriental Orthodox is found in Ethiopia. A Map of the Orthodox Population in Europe is also available.
* According to the Pew Forum report on Global Christianity, published in 2010, there are 260,380,000 Million Orthodox Christians worldwide.
Let us remind ourselves of the words of Christ:
"That they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one."
John 17:21-22 (Revised Standard Version - RSV)
Orthodox Church, Druskininkai, Lithuania.
I am very grateful to Father Gregory Hallam, who has been extremely helpful and patient in answering my questions about the Orthodox faith. Father Gregory is the parish priest of Saint Aidan's Church, Levenshulme, Manchester. You can find out much more by following the link on the right.
A Prayer for Unity
A personal prayer:
Lord, thank you for making us part of the Body of Christ. We praise you for your mercy, your goodness and your unfailing love. Throughout the ages, countless peoples have given testimony of your grace and mercy. We pray that this same grace and mercy may be given to us today. Though your church has faltered, it can never fail because you uphold it. May all of us, no matter what our individual denominational reasonings lead us to believe, serve you with openness of heart, gentleness of spirit and keenness of mind. Your prayer was that we may be one: may we strive for that oneness today, recognising our common bond as Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
A Comparison table between Orthodoxy, Protestantism and Roman Catholicism may be viewed together with a chart:
The Branches of Christianity
May God bless you as you read these pages.
The Trinity, by Andrei Rublev (c. 1360-1430).