tradition uses icons like paintings of saints, to help people to pray.
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
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.
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 (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.