our Lord Jesus Christ was both God and Man, perfect in His Divinity and
perfect in His Humanity, and that He, without confusion or alteration
or fusion, was both God and Man simultaneously while He was on earth.
He is the only son of God the Father conceived of the Holy Spirit, born
of the Virgin Theotokos Mary, was crucified, died, buried, and then
conquered death by His Resurrection.
- That in one God-head there are three persons: Father,
Son and Holy Spirit, and that each is eternal.
- That the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (John
- That together with the Father and the Son, the Holy
Spirit is adored and glorified.
- That there are three Creeds: Apostles, Athanasian,
there are three universally accepted Ecumenical Councils which are:
Nicaea (A.D. 325), Constantinople (AD. 381), and Ephesus (A.D. 431).
there are seven grace-giving and Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the
Church: Baptism, Holy Chrismation (Chrisma), Holy Eucharist, Penance or
Confession of Sins, Holy Priesthood, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Unction
of the Sick. The sacraments were instituted by Christ as a means of
- There are seven effects of Holy Baptism:
That the Holy Spirit is received through the Mystery
of Holy Chrisma when anointed with Holy Myron (Chrism) (I John 2:20,27).
That our sins are forgiven by God through Confession
of Sins to the priest (Matthew 18:18).
That in the Holy Eucharist there is the Real
Presence of our Lord's Body and Blood effected by the Holy Spirit
(Matthew 26:26-28; I Corinthians 10:16.
The elements of bread and wine become the Body and
Blood of Christ after the Epiclesis (Calling on the Holy Spirit).
That the sick and dying should be administered Holy
Unction (James 5:14-15).
the bonds of marriage are to be perpetual but for just cause, e.g.,
adultery, may be dissolved and divorce granted (Matthew 5:32, 19:9,
Mark 10:11, Luke 16:18), for apostasy (I Corinthians 7:15), and for
other serious offenses approved through time by the Holy Synods.
That there must be monogamy in true marriage, and
polygamy must be rejected as sinful.
That only men may be ordained to theMinor Orders and
Sacred Orders of Deacon, Priest and Bishop.
altars shall be erected in all churches and chapels for the Divine
Liturgy and for raising incense to the Throne of God (Hebrews 13:15,
Malachi 1:11, Revelation 8:3-4).
icons should adorn our churches, and that statues not be used in
keeping with the Commandment of God, and that these icons be used to
give a heavenly appearance. Furthermore, we believe in hyper-veneration
of icons, i.e., the lighting of candles in front of icons and the
incensing of them..
That the Blessed Mother Mary, the Theotokos, was
perpetually a virgin and the Mother of God.
That purgatory is a Roman innovation which must be
That the idea of primacy over bishops be rejected.
we abstain from meat (and fast when directed) during the Great Lent,
through the year, except fst-free weeks, on Wednesdays (from red meats)
and Fridays (from all meats), and other fast periods of the Church.
That faith without good works is dead (James 2:18-20).
That tradition is a viable source of our teachings.
That the Church has its own rites and laws.
heresies and beliefs against the original teachings of the Christian
Church, and that certain cultic religious beliefs (as with Mormons and
Jehovah Witnesses) are anathema and to be rejected.
the errors and heresies of Nestorianism are anathema, and that we
believe St Mary the Virgin is the Theotokos (Mother of God),
- Regeneration (John 3:5);
- Forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38);
- Putting on of Christ (Galatians 3:27);
- Salvation (Mark 16:16, I Peter 3:21);
- Burial and Resurrection within Christ (Romans
- Baptism by water using the Formula;
- Baptism of Infants.
That the Bible is in fact the
inspired work of God.
all healing comes from God, and that it is our duty to care for the
body-temple through theocentric holistic healing and care of the mind,
body, and spirit (soul) as being truly right and just, as well as seek
medical care when necessary. That biblical healing methods and remedies
are not to be controlled by men utside the Church.
every human creature from the time of conception is of God, made in His
image and likeness, a precious soul, and that unjust termination of
such life by man is sinful and anathema.
That we should believe as St Vincent of Lerins said: "Let
us hold that which has been delivered everywhere; always and by a1l,
for that is truly and properly Catholic."
Church and State should be separate so that we may give proper
glorification to God. That the Church is of God, here for God, and
shall always be subject to Almighty God
deeply aware of our duty to God and all who love and believe in the
Faith of our Fathers, let us strive to love God and our neighbor with
our whole mind, our whole body, and our whole spirit. Amen!
Syric-Greek Antiochian Orthodox Catholic (also known as Syro-Russian Synod).