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About this Website:

“theorthodox.church” is an authoritative resource offering a wealth of information about the Orthodox Christian Faith and the Orthodox Church from all possible perspectives and for all kinds of visitors.

If you are a student writing a paper on early Christianity, Byzantium, Constantine or Russian America (Alaska), you will find very useful articles on these topics.

If you are not an Orthodox Christian but interested in the big questions of human existence, God, meaning, purpose, Truth, Christianity and in particular the historic Christian faith found in the Orthodox Church, this is a website where you will find answers to hundreds of questions (and be able to ask more).

If you are an Orthodox Christian, this website exists to help you grow in your faith, or as the Apostle writes “His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. And so he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3-5).[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1506″ img_size=”medium” eltd_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1519667985956{padding-top: 12px !important;padding-bottom: 12px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Photo: Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai, Alaska. This photo evokes some of the questions and wonders of human life: the immensity and beauty of the night sky, and the Church’s answer to the question of the meaning of life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1487″ img_size=”full” eltd_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1519666260101{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” padding_top=”10″ css_animation=”” box_shadow_on_row=”no” full_width=”stretch_row_content_no_spaces” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” el_class=”feature-block”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1467″ img_size=”full” eltd_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1519514746160{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1497016783071{background-color: #efefef !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”text-block” css=”.vc_custom_1520357963689{border-top-width: 20px !important;border-right-width: 40px !important;border-bottom-width: 20px !important;border-left-width: 40px !important;}”]

“The Church is in the Bishop…”

At the height of the persecution of Christians during the first centuries of existence of the Christian faith, Saint Cyprian of Carthage (who died in 258) wrote:

You ought to know that the bishop is in the Church, and the Church in the bishop; and if any one be not with the bishop, that he is not in the Church…

To this day, the Orthodox Church exists as a united organism composed of local churches each headed by a bishop in apostolic succession.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” padding_top=”10″ padding_bottom=”10″ css_animation=”” box_shadow_on_row=”no” full_width=”stretch_row_content_no_spaces” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” el_class=”feature-block”][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1497016783071{background-color: #efefef !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”text-block”]

Navagio, Greece

Chosen as the beach of the year.

Enclosed by cliffs and facing out over azure waters, Navagio Beach in Greece is so picturesque it even comes with its own shipwreck.

The strip of beach is accessed only by boat. Regular tours to the beach depart from Porto Vromi to the south, and from Agios Nikolaos and Cape Skinari to the north-east. Boats also arrive from the harbour of Zakynthos city.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1475″ img_size=”full” eltd_css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1519515660276{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” css_animation=”” box_shadow_on_row=”no”][vc_column][the_grid name=”Oslo”][/vc_column][/vc_row]