The Orthodox Christian Church was born on Pentecost in AD 33 with the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles (see Acts 2:2-4). Through the
missionary labors and martyric witness of countless men and women, and through
the unbroken handing-down of the pure apostolic faith, it spread to every corner
of the world: first the Near East, then Europe, Africa, and Asia. Orthodoxy was
planted in North America in the late 18th century by monastic missionaries from
Today the worldwide Orthodox Church has more than 225 million members. Each
national Church (Russian, Greek, Serbian, etc.) is independent and
self-administering, but is united in faith and sacraments with all the others.
Some five million Orthodox from diverse ethnic backgrounds now live in the
USA and Canada. <Read more...>
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