St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Fundamentals in Orthodox Christianity
by Fr. Rodney Torbic

Orthodox Christians believe in the Triune God-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed summarizes and expresses fundamental Orthodox beliefs.
Iconography is part of Orthodoxy.
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are elements of Orthodox life.
The Holy Sacraments-Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Communion, Marriage, Holy Orders and Holy Unction-are fundamental to Orthodox life.
The Holy Scriptures have an integral place in Orthodoxy.
Apostolic Succession gives expression to the continuity of Orthodox Christianity.
Repentance is a recurring principle of Orthodoxy.
The lives of the saints instruct, inspire and are celebrated as fundamental to Orthodox life.
Order in the liturgical life of Orthodoxy enables the believer to worship, give glory to and experience God.
The Church year is defined and is consistent.
Unity with God is desirable, achievable and actual.
Orthodoxy is for all ages.
Orthodoxy is lived throughout the world.
Orthodoxy is not imposed.
Martyrs give definition to Orthodoxy.
Charitable works are inherent to Orthodoxy.
Orthodoxy has a structured priesthood and episcopacy.
Monasticism is an expression of Orthodoxy.
Ecumenical Councils are forums and definers of Orthodoxy.

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