Ancient Roots

The History of the Church: An Introduction

The Orthodox Church was founded by our Lord Jesus Christ and is the living manifestation of His presence in the history of mankind. The most conspicuous characteristics of Orthodoxy are its rich liturgical life and its faithfulness to the apostolic tradition. It is believed by Orthodox Christians that our Church has preserved the tradition and continuity of the ancient Church in its fullness compared to other Christian denominations which have departed, to smaller or greater degrees, from the common tradition of the Church of the first 10 centuries.

Orthodox Heritage

Historical Points

Orthodox Population
Autocephalous Churches
The Patriarchates
The Great Schism
Differences in Doctrine
Orthodox Diaspora
Divine Liturgical Tradition

Attribution: The following was retrieved from after went defunct following the Kosovo conflict. This historical summary was originally created by monks at Decani Monastery in Kosovo. Edits by Fr. Solomon Longo


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