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The Doctrine of the Orthodox Church: Outline of Topics

Introduction | History | Doctrine

Icon of Christ Pantocrator (Ruler of All)

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-Begotten, begotten of the Father before all worlds,
Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made; 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 was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
The third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures;
And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead;
Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father;
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sin.
I look for the Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Councils and Confessions | God and Man | Christ
The Holy Spirit | The Holy Trinity | The transcendence of God
Modern theological developments


The Canons | The Episcopate | Clergy and laity | Monasticism


The role of the Liturgy | The Eucharistic Liturgies | The Liturgical Cycles
The Sacraments | Baptism and confirmation | The Eucharist | Orders | Penance | Anointing of the sick | Marriage


Architecture and Iconography | Missions | Orthodoxy and Other Christians
Church, State and Society

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