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The Orthodox tradition uses icons like paintings of saints, to help people to pray.
The orthodox churches mark Christmas Day on January 7 and the Armenian Orthodox Church is the last to celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land with the Christmas Eve procession to Bethlehem on January 18 and Christmas Day on January 19.
According to the existing historical evidence of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, Christian mission into Africa started with St Mark the evangelist in the city of Alexandria around AD 62-63.
The Macedonian Orthodox Church was formed when the country was part of communist Yugoslavia but has never been recognized by other Orthodox churches due to a long-standing dispute over its independence from the Serbian Orthodox Church, with which it was previously formally united.
The decision also says that the Bulgarian Or thodox Church-Bulgarian Patriarchy has never been indifferent to the suffering of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.
Of course, the union of them and of all who believe in Christ with us in the Orthodox faith is the pious and heart-felt desire of our Church and of all genuine Christians who stand firm in the evangelical doctrine of unity, and it is the subject of constant prayer and supplication; but at the same time we are not unaware that this pious desire comes up against the unbroken persistence of these Churches in doctrines on which, having taken their stand as on a base hardened by the passage of time, they seem quite disinclined to join a road to union, such as is pointed out by evangelical and historical truth; nor do they evince any readiness to do so, except on terms and bases on which the desired dogmatic unity and fellowship is unacceptable to us.
It is against this larger backdrop of renewed interest in traditional religion and the exponential growth of Orthodox Jews that this documentary history takes on added import.
In another setback, a delegation representing the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, that the Vatican had expected to come to the worship service, did not show up.
The Orthodox Church, faithful to the unanimous Apostolic Tradition and her sacramental experience, is the authentic continuation of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church as confessed in the Creed and confirmed by the teaching of the Church Fathers," the Orthodox representatives said in a final message.
The last few decades have witnessed a considerable number of Protestant and Catholic Christians in the United States embracing the Eastern Orthodox faith, a phenomenon that shows no signs of abating in the first years of the 21st century even as a higher proportion of Americans claim no religious affiliation than at any other time in history.
Hypnotic chants and incense filled the Orthodox Church of St George as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Francis marked an important feast day for the Orthodox Church.
Greek Orthodox Church (is a term referring to the body of several Churches within the larger communion of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, whose liturgy is or was traditionally conducted in Koine Greek, the original language of the New Testament.

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