What is the Eastern Orthodox Church?
The Eastern Orthodox Church – or the Orthodox Church - is a religious organization founded by Jesus and his Twelve Apostles. It officially calls itself the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Orthodox Christians believe in a single God who is both three and one
(triune): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity is three
distinct, divine persons (hypostases) who share one divine essence
(ousia)—uncreated, immaterial and eternal.
How Many Eastern Orthodox Christians Exist?
There are approximately 220 million Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide. Eastern Orthodoxy is the second largest Christian communion in the world after the Roman Catholic Church, and the third largest religious grouping overall after Protestantism.
Eastern Orthodoxy is the largest single religious faith in Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, but there are also large Orthodox communities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Albania, Estonia, Jerusalem, North America, and South America.
What are the Seven Sacraments of Christian Orthodoxy?
There are Seven Sacraments within Christian Orthodoxy:
• Holy Unction
(Anointing of the Sick)
• Holy Orders
(Ordination of individuals to the ministry)