Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

New life, Church History


Salvation History - New Life, Church History.

The Church's history records the progress of Christ's work throughout the course of the human experience. History in Orthodoxy has a theological importance because of the incarnation of Jesus Christ, that just as God chose to become a physical, living, breathing human being, he also chooses to work in and through human history to bring about salvation. Thus, the Church's history becomes a sacred history, not in the same sense as the Biblical history which forms the salvation story itself, but rather as a record of the continued effects of the salvation story in the experience of man.

In the Scriptures the Church is called the Body of Christ (Rom 12; 1 Cor 10, 12; Col 1) and the Bride of Christ (Eph 5; Rev 21). It is likened as well to God's living Temple (Eph 2; 1 Pet 2) and is called "the pillar and bulwark of Truth" (1 Tim 3:15)


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Eighth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1986
Holy Icons Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 1764
Ninth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1845
Encyclical Letter of Saint Photius (867) Written by Saint Photius the Great 1582
Cyril and Methodius Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 1571
Tenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1819
Baptism of Russia: The Kiev period (988-1237) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 2714
Church History 3 - The Church of Imperial Byzantium (about AD 1000) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 2720
Eleventh Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1541
Great Schism Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 1947
Twelfth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1446
Thirteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1116
Fourteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1773
Fifteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1568
Church History 4 - Orthodoxy Under the Ottomans (1453-1821) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 2613
Moscow the third Rome Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 2140
Church History 5 - The Church of Russia (1448-1800) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 1853
Sixteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1281
Seventeenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1245
Synodical period (1700-1917) Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 1780
Eighteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 750
Church History 6 - The Orthodox Churches In the 19th Century Written by Timothy Ware ( Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia) 1808
Nineteenth Century Written by Fr. Thomas Hopko 1095
Reply of the Orthodox Patriarchs to Pope Pius the Ninth (1848) Written by Holy Synod (1848) 1380
Reply of the Synod of Constantinople to Pope Leo XIII (1895) Written by Holy Synod (1895) 1686

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