Servants of Christ Jesus of the Catholic Faith
Eastern & Western Rites
15959 Ashland Dr., Brook Park, Ohio 44142
1:0 Church Names, Ownership, and Rites
1:1 Name: the official name of the Church shall be “Servants of Christ Jesus of the Catholic Faith”: Eastern & Western Rites.” Teaching and upholding the Ancient Catholic faith. The word Catholic here refers to the Catholic Church of the first thousand years, before any split (schism).
- Servants: We help our fellow man, we serve others, we serve Christ
- Catholic, because we are universal in nature both domestic and international. We are universal in love and teachings. Universal that we welcome all Christians to the Lord table.
- Church, because we are religious, non-profit organization, institution, and Independent.
- No one can use the Church name and/or seal for any reason whatsoever without the full written approval of the Archbishop-Primate.
1:2: Ministry: The ministry shall be to spread the teaching of the Catholic faith of Jesus Christ and to administer the Church Holy Sacraments, the mysteries of God. Each priest shall be trained in the teaching of the Catholic faith, and will be solely accountable to God in any error he may choose to teach that is contrary to Catholic teaching.
1:3: Ownership of Apostolic See: the name and ownership of the Church resized within the archbishop-primate, the founder and owner, who has full, total, and absolute power and authority. This authority shall be passed on to his successor upon his death and all ownership of the Church property will be transferred to the Church and governed by the archbishop elect along with the college of bishops, according to cannon law.
1:4: Rites: Our Church is one with the Catholic teachings and tradition. Each bishop and priest may choose which liturgical rite he may feel right to pray, the Eastern or Western rites in the Liturgy. The worship of the church is the soul of our faith. We believe that all clergy, both bishops and priest shall face God in the tabernacle on the altar during the liturgy, not the congregation.
2:0 the Priesthood
2:1: Qualify: The priesthood is open to men only, married or single; we are a church of priests not priestess. Each member of the clergy, the bishop, priest and deacon must possess the following qualification in order to be ordained into the priesthood: (Titus 1:6-9)
- Blameless of any crime or wrong doing
- Married only once, whose children are believers
- Not accused of debauchery, not being rebellious but obedient servant
- Must not be arrogant or quick-tempered
- Must not be a drunkard one addicted to wine or alcohol, must not be violent or greedy for gain.
- Must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent upright, devout and self-controlled. Vs. 8
- He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict the bible and the Orthodox teaching. Vs. 9 (see Titus 2:1-15)
2:2: Calling: During his time in the seminary each candidate must pray and fast and be sure of his calling, before requesting ordination. Any time during his seminary time (study) he may change his mind and return back to his secular life. The man of God will be a man of prayer, of love and of service. Every bishop and priest shall clearly understand that the first rule of the Church is “Obedience” to their superior and the second rule is to “Accept” the will of God, a spiritual life of province.
2:3: Celibacy: All bishops, priests, and deacons, have the option of celibacy, long term or short-term. Long term is for life and the short–term is one year celibacy. At the end of one year the bishop, priest or deacon have the option once again to renew their celibacy or not. If he chooses not to renew his celibacy then he is permitted to marry when the time is right.
- Married Clergy: No bishop or priest or deacon shall put away his own wife under the pretext of reverence, on pain of excommunication of the Church. I Timothy 3:1-5 and Orthodox Rudder canon law-V
Note: It is the church view that all bishops, priest and deacons be married, but will not enforce it. A married clergy can better serve the people, and his congregation.
2:4: Spiritual Life: Prayer is an expression of virtue of the Church, when practiced will raise the mind and soul to God by its priests and members. Prayer is a state of mind and the foundation of a spiritual life. The Church acknowledges four types of prayer 1.) Adoration 2.) Praise 3.) Thanksgiving, and 4.) Petition. It can be summed up in the following statement:
- Prayer is man’s movement of the heart toward God.
- Prayer is the communication between the creature and his Creator.
- In essence, prayer is the awesome privilege God had given to man.
- Prayer is the breath of the human soul.
- The use of prayer in our life means we are spiritually alive. Those who don’t pray is said to be spiritually dead.
- It’s only when our heart appeal to God is when the reading of prayer become true prayers.
2:5: Ordination: each priest and deacon will be ordained by his bishop. Rudder canon law-II
2:6: Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every person born, baptized, and anointed with Chrismation has received the gift of the Holy Spirit. I Cor. 12 1:10
- Gift of Preaching
- Gift of Teaching
- Gift of Healing
- Gift of Divers kinds of Tongues (multiple languages)
- Gift of interpretation of tongues (interpreting various languages)
- Gift of Prophecy
- Gift of Miracles
Each ordained clergy must pray and fast to recognize his gift of the Holy Spirit, and use that gift to the best of his ability for the ministry of God and his Church.
The Archbishop/ Primate of the Church
2:7: Office: His eminence the Archbishop/Primate shall be, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the appointed leader and head of the Church for life. He shall retain this title of Archbishop/Primate until the Lord calls him.
2:8: Equal: The archbishop is the spiritual father and leader of the Church and first among equals of all bishops of our Church.
2:9: Executive: the archbishop holds the executive office of the Church and the College of Bishops holds the office of cannon laws.
2:10: Election: the election of a new spiritual father “archbishop/Primate” shall come from the college of bishops upon an accepted two-third (2/3) vote of its members. Each bishop of the college of bishop becomes a possible candidate for this office.
2:11: Title Patriarch: Upon the appointment of the third Archbishop of the Church the Holy Father, the Archbishop/Primate of the Church will be given the title of Patriarch.
2:12: Title Archbishop: Within a given jurisdiction or country there are three consecrated bishops, one will become appointed Archbishop by the Holy Father the Archbishop/Primate.
2:11: Bishop: The bishop is the primary overseer of his diocesan and all things dealing with Church matters, and be consecrated by two or three bishops. Rudder canon law-I
2:12: Candidate: the candidate is first appointed to this office by the patriarch of the Church and then consecrated by three bishops of the church as directed by the patriarch. Once a man has been consecrated bishop, he shall remain bishop for life, and this title can never be removed or taken away by any. The man can never walk away from being a bishop.
2:13: Obedient: The first rule of our Church is obedience. The bishop will be obedient to the archbishop/prime and submit to his authority as the spiritual leader of the Church, and to the canon law of the Church. He will defend the faith of the Catholic Church.
2:14: Removed: Any bishop may be removed from office at any time by the archbishop, and be reassigned to another jurisdiction, or position of office.
2:15: Jurisdiction: The bishop will be given a jurisdiction over all churches within his district and shall have the responsible of defending the Orthodox faith and the members of the Church under his care.
2:16: Fellowship: Each bishop shall oversee the work and ministry of his priests and deacons. He shall bond with them, have fellowship with them, and establish a true Christian brotherly love with them. He shall set an example for his priest to follow in matters of compassion and brotherly love.
2:17: Allegiance: Every year each bishop will swear his allegiance to the Church and his obedience to the archbishop, college of bishops, and the Church cannon laws. Every year on Holy Thursday all priests will swear their obedience to their bishop and to the Church.
2:18: Incarnation: Bishops from other churches who seek incarnation must fulfill the following requirements:
1. Submit an application with photo and a criminal background check.
2. Must show proof of their ordination, consecration and apostolic success,
3. Fulfill an orientation of our doctrine, liturgy, and canon laws of the Church
4. Sign the oath of allegiance to the church.
College of Bishops
2:19: Members: All bishops consecrated into the Episcopal or incarnated into our Church automatically become members of the college of bishops. As a college, we are given the responsibility of protecting the doctrine and teachings of the orthodox faith.
2:20: Monsignor: is a title of honorary prelates of the pontifical household, both active and honorary, but who have no jurisdiction as prelates. He acts as secretary to the bishop of his dioceses who title of Revered Monsignor (abbreviated: Rev Msgr.,) and is addressed either as Monsignor of Father. In dress he is permitted to wear violet, with the cassock and venture varying according to the grade and their ceremonial function.
2:21: Diocesan Chancellor: In the church, the chancellor is the priest appointed in accord with canon law by the bishop of a diocese. His title is “diocesan chancellor,” and he serves as an ecclesiastical notary. His duties include the supervision of the diocesan archives, the authentication of documents, and the drawing up of written reports on the official government of the diocese.
2:22: Apostolic Chancellor: Beside with the normal duties list above in 2:21 the apostolic chancellor also does the following: Verify each seminary students, the ordination of priests from other churches seeking incarnation with us. Verify the ordination, consecration and apostolic successions of bishops from other Churches who seek incarnation with us.
2:23: Ecumenical: We recognized and accept his holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, as first among equal and the spiritual father of all the Orthodox Churches in the world. We do this in faith and with love, whether we ourselves are recognized or not by his holiness. We honor him and respect his office as the spiritual leader of all Orthodoxy. We hold to the teachings of the Early Church Father in the First Seven Ecumenical Councils.
2:24: Blessing of God: The Holy Spirit power of graces and blessing flow to the bishop and from the bishop to his priests and is given to the faithful. The bishop and priests are only God Instruments in administrating His grace and blessing to his faithful (members); and it makes no different if the bishop or priest are righteous or sinners, the Church sacraments, God grace and blessing are true and will hold valid.
2:25: Rubrics: The rubric is a book of the priesthood that gives instruction on the worship of the Lord, ceremonies of ordination of the priesthood, holy feast days, special rites of blessing etc.
2:26: Seven Mysteries of the Church: There is one great mystery (sacrament) of the Church and six minor mysteries.
The Great Sacrament:
- Holy Eucharist (receiving the essence of the Lord, His blessings & grace, a cleansings and regeneration) (Mt. 26:26) we believe in the real presents of the Lord in the Wine and Host. All people, Catholics, Orthodox, & Protestants, who profess their belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are welcome to the Father table for communion.
The Six Minor Sacraments:
1.) Baptism (The Cleansing of the soul, a spiritual re-newness and regeneration) (Mt. 28:18-20)
2.) Chrismation (the seal of the grace of the Holy Spirit) (Acts 2:42; 8:15; 19:6)
3.) Penance (forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God) (John 20:21-23)
4.) Matrimony (The joining of two souls) (Mt. 19:3-9)
5.) Holy Order (the holy priesthood) (John 20:21-22)
6.) Anointing of the Sick (James 5:14-15)
2:27: Arch-Curia: Spiritual advisor to the archbishop-primate shall be priests or bishops specializing in various subjects along with the authority hereby attached, appointed by the archbishop himself, are as follow:
- Chancellor/Notary (handling of all legal & church documents)
- Divine Liturgy of the West (The training and approving of all liturgies)
- Divine Liturgy of the East (The training and approving of all liturgies)
- Canon Law (understanding and interpreting church canon laws)
- Sacred Theology and Doctrine of the Church (moral issues, and teaching of the Church).
- Church Historian (knowledge of the seven ecumenical councils)
- Holy Sacraments (the training, educating on all aspects of the administration of the holy sacraments.
- The Priesthood (enrolments & incarnation of priest & bishops)
- Doctors and Saints of the Church (the lives of the Doctors and Saints of the Church, their life, history, accomplishments, and writings.)
- Church Protocol (ethic, Etiquette, and protocol in the Church between dignitaries)
- Youth Ministry: The care and education of our children & teens
- Senior Ministry: The care and needs of our senior members
3.0 The Church & Membership
3:1: The Church: The Church is the holy body of Christ that administers the seven mysteries of God among its faithful. Its responsibility is to share the Gospel of the New Testament about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and God plan of salvations. The Church directs and leads people into worshipping God. The Church sees itself as “One”, “Holy”, “Catholic” and “Apostolic,” in nature, in faith and in practice.
- One: the church is not denominated, but one with Jesus Christ
- Holy: the church is holy and is set apart for the worship of God. It is a state of faith, ordained by God.
- Catholic: It is universal in nature, and with complete union with Jesus Christ through his apostles; being full of grace.
- Apostolic: It traces its apostolic succession back to the apostles. Its teachings come from Jesus Christ through his apostles, unchanged and preserved to this day.
3:2: Apostolic: Our Church is Orthodox/Catholic and apostolic in such that our archbishop and spiritual leader line of succession can be traced back to St. Peter through both, the Roman Catholic Church of city of Rome, and the Syrian Orthodox Church of city of Antioch.
3:3: Holy Ground: Jesus said “Live in the world but do not become part of the world” Our Church does not live in the world because it lives with God, however it must be part of the world. When we enter the church we are entering God’s world, we walk upon holy ground, experiencing heavenly blessings, love, and righteous being. The Church reflect the saying “As below, so above.”
3:4: Time: during the time of the Epiclesis when the priest calls down the Holy Spirit to change the elements of bread and wine, known as the transelementation, all time stops at that moment as we stand before the present of God, for time has no meaning to God for God is eternal. Once communion service has been fulfilled, time once again resumes it natural course.
3:5: Temple: The structure of the Church shall follow God’s instruction to Moses and Aaron on setting up his earthly temple; the holy and holy of holies.
3:6: Catholic: we, being Catholic in faith, practice and in doctrine are Ecumenical because we hold true to the teaching of the Seven Ecumenical councils of the undivided Church. The teaching of the Church from Holy Scripture is the treasury of correct interpretation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ without innovations or liberal individual interpretations.
3:7: Membership: membership into Christ holy Catholic Church is open to all people that meet the following requirements:
- First, be educated in the teachings of the Church, its doctrines, cannon laws, and way of worship. (Matthews 28:20).
- Second, accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior
- Third, become baptized in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the name of the Holy Spirit. (Matthews 28:19)
- Fourth, strive to live a righteous life being obedient to all of Gods moral laws and commandments and “fore shaking” them (giving them up, no-longer practicing them) such as: Ex. 20:1-17; Lev. 18:1-24,
- We accept the Baptism of Protestant Churches who baptize in the name of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and (infant or adult baptism).
3:8 Things unchangeable:
These are the things that have been established by God and the Apostles and early Church Fathers that are very much apart of God Church and are unchangeable, but set in for all eternity. As God is unchanging so are these established things. “Whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to or taken from whatever God does” (cf. Deut. 4:2; Rev. 22:18-19). Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
- The Bible is the inspirited word of God and cannot be changed and has full authority over all man made laws. We are bound as Christians and Catholics to obedience to the teaching of God in the Holy Scriptures as interpreted by Mother Church in an Ecumenical Council.
- The structure of the Church established by God cannot be change, having two main rooms, the Holy place where the faithful people gather to worship and the Holy of Holies where the tabernacle of God seats on the altar and the Spirit of God comes to rest and dwell.
- The unchanging all-male priesthood, set in fix adoration by God, first with the Aaron priesthood of the Old Testament with Israel and then again with the Catholic Church of the New Testament through Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
- The Nicene Creed and the Our Father prayer are unchangeable and very much part of the established order of God Church.
- The Seven Holy Sacraments of the Church established by God are unchangeable and part of the salvation of the human race.
- The bishops of the Church are the overseers of the welfare of the Church have Apostolic Succession and hold responsibility to the truth of God’s teachings and His laws. All priests who maintain communion with their bishop have full and valid sacraments of the Holy Spirit that works through the Bishop that have true Apostolic Succession.
4:0 Gifts of the Church Fathers
I. Holy Scripture
4:1 The Collection: The early Church Fathers of the first three centuries of Church history have selected the books that where available to them that the holy spirit inspired and guided them to choose as holy and having authority; and canonized them in 325 A.D. into a collection for all to read and study from for all times. This was the great gift given to the Church by our early Church Fathers.
II. Church Creed
4:2 The Apostle Creed and Nicene Creed was written by the early Church Fathers as a statement of faith for all Christian for all time, and given to the Church as a gift from God through His early Church Fathers.
III. Sacred Tradition
4:3 Sacred Traditions: Is another pathway by which the word of God is shared with believers through oral tradition. His teaching and His holy will that has been handed down orally, and practiced by the early Church. St. Paul states:
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle” II Thessalonians 2:15 KJV
- Consecration of Bishops: A bishop is consecrated by three other bishops in honor of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. No less than three bishops shall be present for the consecration of a bishop elect.
- All members of the Church will make the sign of the cross over themselves before each prayer.
D.) The Tabernacle as the house of God on earth
E.) The sanctuary Lamp signifies, when lit, the presents of the Lord
F.) The Altar is the table where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated.
G.) Priest Vestments, used in all worships services
H.) The Rubric: The Book of instruction in which Liturgy is prayed
4:4: The word is taken from the Latin trado, trader meaning to hand over, to deliver, or to bequeath. The teaching of Scriptures are written down in the Bible, and are handed on, not only in writing, but also in the lives of those who live according to its teaching
“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.” I Cor. 11:2 this perpetual handing-on of the teachings of Tradition is called a living Tradition; it is the transmission of the teachings of Tradition from one generation to the next.
4:5 deposit of Faith: this term refers to the entirety of Jesus Christ’s revelation, and is passed to successive generations in two different forms, sacred scripture (the Bible) and sacred tradition (apostolic succession).
4:6: Sacred Traditions: is honored and respected by the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church which they call holy tradition, Roman Catholic Church, The Anglican Church, The Oriental Orthodox Catholic Church and our Church, the Servants of Christ Jesus Eastern & Western Rites.
4:7 “Scripture” and “Tradition” are not opposed to each other, they are not two separate entities; rather, “Scriptures” (the written Bible) is part of the larger reality called “Tradition” (the transmission of divine truth), which is itself part of the larger process called “Revelation” (or better, “God self-revelation”). We can express our thought in this mathematical formula:
Inspiration/Revelation + Tradition = Holy Scripture.
God reveals himself first through revelation (inspiration, vision, or dreams) which is practice and becomes part of our tradition, than it is recorded in scriptures.
4:8 it is crucial to understand that Jesus, The Son of God, came first and is the primary core as the living incarnate word “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” St. John 1:1-3 the most important part of Christian faith is not the Bible, but Jesus himself. Jesus came before the Bible.
4:9 Moreover, the Church also came before the Bible! That is, not only did the oral tradition of preaching of the apostles precede the writing of the NT books (by several decades) and it was the Church that determined the Canon of the Bible (not until several centuries after Jesus’ life). The Church collected the books of the Bible, canonized them as inspired word of God.
IV. Sacred Scriptures
4:10 the Bible is both the Word of God written in human languages. One can say correctly that God is the spiritual, influential, and divine author of the Holy Scriptures and the human writer acted as the real, physical author. The human author did not merely record the exact words whispered into their ears by the Holy Spirit (divine thought expressed in finite, human words), but rather made use of their own human abilities in writing their text under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (II Thess. 3:16)
4:11 the written word; because the Bible is written in human words from ancient languages that very much different from our modern day language, the proper interpretation of the Scriptures require not only that we be aware of the limitations of all human language in the translation of one language into another, but also that we pay attention to the various literary forms and modes of expression used by the ancient authors. Therefore the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures should be done by educated scholars of the Church and approved by the college of bishops.
4:12 the “Inspiration” of the Holy Spirit applies not only to one stage, but to all stages in the long process of the transmission of divine revelation. Not only with Moses (prophet & law giver) the prophets (old testament), Jesus (Son of God), and the apostles, their successors (bishops), and the other biblical characters inspired by the Holy Spirit in their words and actions; not only were the biblical authors inspired by God’s Spirit as they were busy writing; not only was the Church leaders inspired (early church fathers) by the Spirit when they selected which books to include in the biblical canon. Rather, the Holy Spirit was active at all these stages of the process.
4:13 the Holy Spirit continues to guide the Christian Church in the correct understanding and proper interpretation and application of the scriptures for our own lives in the community and as individuals. We do concede to the fact that not all Church leaders follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but God will always prevails and those leaders will no longer rule in their position, and the damage done by them will be corrected, repaired, and healed by God grace. The Holy Spirit is still active in guiding the Church in its use of the scriptures in many ways; in liturgical prayer (worship, Mass), in small groups discussions, in personal prayer and study, and in many other facets of our daily lives.
4:14 Biblical Inerrancies: the Holy Scriptures (Bible), in its original manuscripts, is accurate and totally free from error of any kind; the Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to the fact. The Bible does not teach confusion or contradictions, the flaw does not lie in Scripture but in human interpretation.
4:15: Interpretation: The interpretations of the Holy Scriptures and doctrine of the faith are done by educated Church theologian (scholars) and bishops (spiritual leaders) of the Church. All points of accepted doctrine are agreed upon by all the bishops of Orthodoxy in the whole world, in an ecumenical council and taught to the members (faithful) of the Church.
4:16 Revelation: The Holy Spirit still continues to be active in guiding the Church in its use of the scriptures in many ways; in liturgical prayer (worship, Mass), in small groups discussions, in personal prayer and study, and in many other facets of our daily lives. The Holy Spirit continues His revelation of God mystery’s through the writings of his chosen servants who today are called the Doctors of the Church; through their inspirational writing have earned this title.
Doctors of the Western Church
1.St.Ambrose, 340-397, (Pastoral Doctor)
2.St.Jerome, 345-420, (Doctor of Biblical Science)
3.St.Augustine, 354-430, (Doctor of Grace)
4.St.Gregory the Great, 540-604, (Doctor of Hymnology)
Doctors of the Eastern Church
1.St.Athanasius, 295-373, (Doctor of Orthodoxy)
2.St.Basil the Great, 330-379, (Doctor of Monasticism)
3.St.Gregory Nazianzus, 330-390, (Doctor of theologians)
4.St.John Chrysostom, 345-407 (Doctor of Preachers)
4:17 the power of the Bible to transform people into the goodness and love of God that result in the establishment of faith is unsure pass in the history of man. This truth is witnessed through the lives of people it has touched.
4:18 Its educating power has no equal and for those who have dedicated themselves to the reading and studying of the Holy Scriptures; they find that it broadens their vision, strengthen their mind, ennobles their affections, and it elevates their thoughts. Knowledge of its principles and laws, doctrines and teachings is an essential preparation to every seminary calling.
4:19 it strengthen a person character, make noble their ambition, develop keenness of perception, and helps them make sound their Judgment. No other book makes its precepts so clear and pure or promises so great than the Holy Bible.
4:20 The Bible is a guide that leads people to God and is a book without rival. In faith it gives a clam, peaceful state of being in believing. The Bible gives people hope of a divine future. Through obedience it gives understanding to the problems of daily life and their purpose and destiny. It inspires the student to follow a life of purity, patience, and a state of well-being.
4:21 The Holy Scripture teaches the people the mysteries of God to the point of fully understanding God’s love, at this point it now transforms the person and fills their heart with a great love for God and becomes a aware of the inward desire to do good deeds to others.
4:22 The early Church Father collect the books of the New Testament and canonized them and declared them as the divine words of God, right in teaching us the righteousness of God. Making such declaration, the Church has place itself under the authority of the Holy Scriptures; for what bishop, priest, deacon, man or woman would put themselves above the divine words of God? .
5:0 Doctrine of the Church
5:1 God the Father: The first person of the Godhead, the supreme Great Architect of the Universe, having no beginning and no end, but is eternal. The first person of the Godhead and trinity, the Creator of all things we see and witness, both visible and invisible.
5:2 Jesus Christ: The second person of the Godhead, the Son of the living God, begotten not made of the same substance of the Father; who existed before the universe was created, by whom through him all things were created. He died on the cross for the sins of the world, and on the third day arose from the dead, thereby conquering death. We who believe in him now have salvation and eternal life with him.
5:3 Holy Spirit: The third person of the Godhead, the giver of life that proceeds from the Father; the inspired teacher of the Holy Scriptures and of prayers of the faithful. The Holy Spirit will guide our thoughts when we open our heart to God, and He brings remembrance to us of all we have learned.
5:4 The Holy Trinity: the trinity is a power revelation to the Church by Jesus Christ. The trinity is the existence of the Godhead, The belief in one God that expresses itself as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; all equal, all of the same substance and essence, divine in nature, all powerful, all knowing, all presents, sustaining all creation. God is beyond man’s complete understanding, but knows only those mysteries of himself that is revealed to us through the Holy Scriptures. From the trinity we receive as followed: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” II Cor. 13:13
5:5 Angels of God: The messengers of God, defender of God church, Spiritual beings who watch over each human being. They are all powerful being, created by God known as the heavenly host and are called angels.
5:6 Mary, the Mother of our Lord: Mary, the earthly vessel of the incarnated body of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. We honor her as the “Theotokos” the god bearer. We respect her by calling her the “Blessed Mother.” It is a mystery of Mary accession into heaven at the point of her death, both body and soul, thereby bypassing death. We do not worship her, but honor her and pray to her and ask her to intervene got us in matters of our concerns. We venerate her and accept and believe in the theology of her divine Conception, Mother of God, and her Assumption to heaven.
5:7: Worship: The Church worship service, when done properly, has the power to shape and mold the worshipper into becoming a strong follower and believer in the teaching of Jesus, making them disciple of Christ. The service of worship opens the mind and brings enlightenment to the faithful in the mysteries of God. The Church worship services and ceremonies were formulated for the sanctification of its members. Through Orthodox worship, the member receives a sense of holiness that is experienced through the five senses. We see, hear, taste, and touch the holiness of God in the Orthodox worship.
5:8: The Holy Eucharist: This is a mystery of receiving the essence of our Lord and saver, Jesus Christ. At the true moment of the calling down of the Holy Spirit to change the elements of bread and wine into the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Creator, Lord, and Savor is truly present in the elements.
5:9: Icons: these are holy pictures of holy people. They are the color of theology in a time when reading and writing were not available to all, so learning of the faith and the teaching of Jesus was through oral tradition, through sermons, and through icons. An Icon is the living image of a story about the faith, love, holiness, and of God’s Grace and they were accepted by the Orthodox Church through the seventh ecumenical council. The icons allow us to remember the holy things of God and our eyes through the color and art of the icons brings heaven to our souls. The Orthodox Church does not worship the images on Icons, but honor the memory of the people in the Icon, we venerate them, respect their holy life.
5:10: Time of Delusions: There will be people who will teach man made laws and manmade theology (interpretation), to satisfy his own pleasures, and thinking they are correct by twisting God’s words to satisfy their own interest, teaching false doctrine outside and contrary to Orthodoxy correct teaching. To these people God will give them up to their own delusions. (Isa. 4:)
5:11: Marriage: As Orthodox, we hold to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures that union of marriage is between one man and one woman.
6:0 Divine Liturgy & the Liturgical Calendar
6:1: Our liturgical calendar will start every year on September 1 as is accepted and practiced by all Orthodox Churches. We follow the Orthodox calendar or dates when celebrating holy feast days.
6:2: Saints: Our Church accepts and respects all the saints of the Orthodox Church. The holy feast days of our Liturgical calendar will honor these “Extraordinary” saints (listed below).
St. Basil the Great (Jan. 1 & 30)
St. John Chrysostom (Nov. 13)
St. Gregory of Nazianzen (Jan. 25)
St. Anastasius of Alexandria (Dec. 18)
St. Augustine of Hippo (Aug. 28)
St. Ambrose (Dec. 7)
St. Jerome (June 15)
St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31)
St. Irenaeus (June 28)
St. Luke, Gospel writer (Oct. 18)
St. Mark, Gospel writer (April 25)
Note: Each bishop and priest of our Order may celebrate and honor any of the saints accepted by the Orthodox Church on their feast days.
6:3: The Apostles: In Our Liturgical calendar we shall honor and respect all the apostles by celebrating their feast days.
St Peter & Paul (June 29)
St. John (May 8 & Sept. 26)
St Matthew, Gospel writer (Nov. 16)
St. Andrew (Nov. 30)
St James of Zebedee (April 30)
St. James son of Alpheus (Oct. 9)
St. Thomas (Oct. 6)
St. Bartholomew (June 11)
St. Phillip (Nov. 14)
St. Jude (June 19)
St. Simon (May 10)
St. James, the Just (Oct. 23)
6:4: Twelve Holy Feast Days: These are the accepted Great Holy Feast days of the Orthodox Church and shall be part of our Liturgical calendar.
6:5: Moveable Feasts:
Great Lent (40 days before Easter)
Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter)
Pascha: Easter Sunday
Ascension (40 days after Easter)
Pentecost (50 days after Easter)
6:6: Fixed Feasts:
The Nativity of the Theotokos (Sept. 8)
Elevation of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14)
Presentation of the Theotokos (Nov. 21)
The Nativity of the Lord (Dec. 25)
The Theophany (epiphany) of the Lord (Jan. 6)
The Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2)
The Annunciation (March 25)
The Transfiguration (Aug. 6)
The Dormition (falling asleep) of the Mary the Theotokos (Aug. 15)
6:7 Divine Liturgy: Each bishop and priest may chose which of the following Divine Liturgy he may wish to pray and celebrate. However, it would be best to be unified, where all priest meeting with their bishop and discussing, talking about it and decides which liturgy every priest within their jurisdiction should pray and celebrated. We believe that all clergy, both bishops and priest shall face God in the tabernacle on the altar during the divine liturgy, not the congregation. We should never have our backs facing God, this is disrespectful. We do not worship the congregation nor do we present the liturgy as a family diner or picnic. Our total focus is the worship of God, both clergy and congregation facing God. Note: we do not follow after Roman Catholic incorrect practice of the Divine Liturgy.
The Latin Tridentine Liturgy (The original Latin Mass of the Roman Catholic Church) may be prayed in Latin or English.
The Holy Trinity Liturgy (Prayers of the Roman & Orthodox combined together)
St. John Chrysostom Liturgy (Greek Orthodox Mass)
St. Mark Liturgy (Coptic Orthodox Mass)
St. Basil the great Liturgy (Orthodox Mass)
6:8: Language: All liturgies should be prayed and celebrated in the language that most people talk and understand.
6:9: Preparation: Each bishop and priest shall prepare themselves, spiritually and mentally before they celebrate the liturgy, by first praying and meditating, then washing their hands, before they vest.
7:1 Canon Laws: the Church canon laws should never enslave the members of the Church, and should never impose upon its members any hardships, or benefit any individual person own ambition; but should always be written for the benefit and interest of God Church and nothing else. Canon laws should never be written in a way that will limit the spread of the Gospel and the working of God ministry.
7:2 Update: The canon laws of the Church must be updated from time to time to meet the needs of the Church, its priesthood and its members, according to canon law 7:1. New laws or updated of old laws should never be written in conflict or against the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.
7:3 Authorities: Canon laws being manmade are not divinely inspirited as the Holy Scriptures is, and thereby the authority of canon laws falls under that of the authority of the Holy Scriptures. If there is a conflict between the Holy Scriptures and that of the Church canon law then the Holy Scripture authority supersedes over canon law; in other words the Holy Scriptures has authority over canon laws.
Communion with Other Christian Churches
8:1: Roman Catholic: We accept the Roman Catholic Church as a true Church of God through Jesus Christ and have received authority from the Holy Spirit. We love our Catholic Brothers and always welcome to open dialog with you. We accept and support our members to read the Roman Catholic catechism.
8:2: Eastern Orthodox: We accept the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church as a true Church of God through Jesus Christ and have received authority from the Holy Spirit. We love our Orthodox Brothers and always welcome to open dialog with you. We accept and support our members to read the Eastern Orthodox Catholic catechism.
8:3: Old Catholic: We accept the Old Catholic Church in Europe and Independent Church in North America who are in communion with the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox as a true Church of God through Jesus Christ and having true apostolic succession. We love our Old Catholic Brothers and always welcome to open dialog with you.
8:4: Protestants Churches: Protestant Churches (Lutherans, Anglican, Episcopal, and all other Protestant churches) who accept the Nicene Creed as their statement of faith and baptize their members in the name of the Holy Trinity are accepted as members of the Catholic (universal) Church of Jesus Christ. We love you as our brothers and sister in Christ and welcome to open dialog with you.