The most essential aspect of Orthodox Christianity consists in the fact that Christianity is not a theory but the very life in Christ, according to the Gospel commandments and the God established continuity and life of the Church.
The first principle of this faith consists in the ardent, profound, and living faith in the Living, Hypo-static, Three: God The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the creator of heaven and earth, omnipresent, All-seeing, All-merciful God, Who is always ready to correct us through our conscience and come to our aid through our prayer, and send d0wn blessings of love and forgiveness through the Sacraments.
The second principle of our Orthodoxy is faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Redeemer of the world. Faith that He together with the Holy Spirit, and not without participation of the Heavenly Father, calls us, sanctifies us, and enlightens us, and gives us wisdom unto salvation, united with us in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
The third principle of our Orthodox faith is faith in the future life beyond the grave, in the oneness of the earthly and heavenly Church, and in the intercessions for us by the Mother of God and all the Saints.
The fourth principle is our Christian love, brotherhood, and mercy for each other as members of one family, one body – the Church of Christ.
The fifth principle is Christ’s Church itself, its Holy Tradition, its rubrics and divine services; the sacraments, rites, writings of the holy fathers, decrees of the Ecumenical Councils and all the many centuries of grace-filled experience of life in Christ and its guidance to salvation of its faithful children.
The establishing power of the Church is the Holy Spirit, Who lives in it from the day of Pentecost.
Look at how the Orthodox Church helps us in our salvation. It sanctif1es our coming into the world through the Sacrament of Baptism, accompanies our life through the grace-filled gifts of the other Sacraments and prayers. It sees us off into the other world through its sacrament of burial, the prayers of absolution, and blessings. Our whole life-from cradle to grave-passes under the holy guidance and blessing of the Church.
Who creates and will create for us this unbroken blessedness, this heavenly joy? It is all wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ in His Holy Church, the bearer and guardian of Orthodoxy.
Let us be sure to preserve our part in Orthodoxy; let us live and be saved by it, and honorably bear the name of Orthodox Christian.
~ Elder John Krestiankin