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The Orthodox Faith

Orthodoxy holds that the eternal truths of God's saving revelation in Jesus Christ are preserved in the living Tradition of the Church under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.The Holy Scriptures are at the heart of the Tradition and are the touchstone of the faith.While the Bible is the written testimony of God's revelation, Holy Tradition is the all-encompassing experience of the Church under the abiding guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit.

Orthodox Christians hold that their beliefs have been maintained unchanged and the balance and integrity of the entire Apostolic faith once delivered to the Saints has been preserved un-compromised and inviolate, since the Apostolic times.

The Nicene Creed, commonly called the 'Symbol of Faith' of the Orthodox Church was formulated at the Ecumenical Councils of Nicea 325 AD and Constantinople 318 AD.It contains the fundamental and eternal truths of the Faith.In twelve articles the Nicene Creed states what we believe to be the truth about the Holy Trinity, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Second Coming of Christ, the Final Judgment and the life of the world to come. Specifically, the Nicene Creed states that we believe that God is One in substance and Triune in persons. God the Father is the prime cause of creation and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit took part in creation. God the Son perfecting creation and God the Spirit vivifying creation. Thus in accordance with our Faith we worship God in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

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The Orthodox Church

The Greek word 'Orthodox' 'Ortho - Doxia' means true belief. The Orthodox Church is the true Church, which Jesus Christ Himself began before ascending to heaven. The day of birth of the Orthodox Church is the day of Pentecost, when the Apostles led by the Holy Spirit began their missionary work. It is the Church of the New Testament. The Orthodox Church traces its heritage in an unbreakable chain to Apostolic times. Its current bishops trace their lineage to the first Apostles. The teaching and worship of the Church was formulated in the earliest centuries by their predecessors.

It was the Church meeting in Council beginning in the fourth century that formulated the essential teachings of the Church and decided on the make up of the New Testament as it is today. Our Sobor is a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada headed by Metropolitan Archbishop Yurij who is also our diocesan bishop. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada is under the spiritual headship of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I.

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The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, And all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages, light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, being of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; Who was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried, and on the third day He rose again from the dead in accordance with the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father, and He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and whose Kingdom will have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who together with the Father and the Son Is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets. And in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead And the life of the age to come. Amen.

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