Our Faith

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our Church holds to the Patristic Liturgical Calendar and

opposes the Pan-Heresy of Ecumenism.

Few people today know that the Orthodox Church is nothing less than that Church which has preserved untainted the genuine teachings of Jesus Christ, the very teachings delivered to every subsequent generation of believers. These teachings came down the centuries from the holy Apostles, explicated and carefully interpreted by their legitimate successors (their disciples and the holy Fathers), traditioned and conserved unaltered by our Eastern Church which is alone able to prove her right to be called “the Orthodox Church.”

In other words, the way of these “progressivists” is not our way.  The “broader” or “larger view” alienates us from the Lord and His True Church. It is the road away from Orthodoxy. We accept no innovation, but choose the ancient, proven way, the way in which true Christians have chosen to serve God for 2,000 years.

We choose the way of fidelity to the true Faith and not the “modern way.” We choose faithfulness to the true Church with all Her canons and dogmas which have been received and confirmed by the local and universal Councils. We choose the holy customs and traditions, the spir- itual riches of that faith transmitted complete and entire to us from the Holy Apostles, the Holy Fathers of the Church and the Christian heritage of our venerable ancestors. This alone is the faith of the true Orthodox, distinct from the counterfeit “Orthodoxy” invented by the Adversary. We receive only the Apostolic Faith, the Faith of the Fathers, the Orthodox Faith.

We follow the Julian, or “Old”, calendar which post dates the Gregorian, or “New” calendar by thirteen days.  The issue regarding the Old and New Calendars is not a matter of thirteen days. It is a matter of Ecumenism, of moving the boundaries that our Fathers have established, of trimming the sails of the Church’s ark to the winds of expediency, convenience and the “melting-pot” mentality; it is a matter of disdain for Church tradition. It is also a matter of how one views the world and society in general. That is to say, it is a matter of our spiritual “world- view,” which, in turn, determines our way of life.

Clergy Synaxis 2013

Clergy Synaxis 2013

 

The Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Boston (HOMB), together with the Metropolises of Toronto and of Seattle, belongs to the Eparchial Synod of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America (HOCNA). Our Synod traces its origins and received its hierarchical ordinations from the True Orthodox Church of Greece (under the Presidency of Archbishop Auxentius, of blessed memory), which in turn had received the Apostolic succession from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).

The Holy Orthodox Church in North America is in full Communion with the True Orthodox Church of Greeceunder the Presidency of Archbishop Makarios of Athens.

+ His Emimence, Metropolitan Ephraim of Boston, President of the Holy Synod
+ His Eminence, Metropolitan Makarios of Toronto
+ His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Brookline, Locum Tenens of the Metropolis of Seattle
+ His Grace, Bishop Andrew of Markham
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