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Coptic Iconostasis

Inside St Mary & St Mina's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Sydney - Australia.

Over the past few weeks, one of my major projects has been designing and establishing a website for an Orthodox theologian friend of mine. As some of you may know already, I am Coptic Orthodox. Coptic pertaining to my ancestry, heritage, language and identity that stems from the land of Egypt and its original inhabitants (the descendants of the Ancient Egyptians). And the Orthodox part, well, I’ve copied and pasted from the website to explain that bit:

“In a nutshell, the Orthodox Church is the Church established by the Lord Christ upon the foundation of His Holy Disciples. The Orthodox Church is the Church that has mystically maintained a continuous, dynamic, and living communion with the ancient Apostolic Church, according to its faith, praxis, and sacramental life. It is the abode of the Holy Spirit and, hence, the repository of the fullness of truth which finds its expression in the Holy Scriptures, the teachings of the saintly Orthodox Fathers, the holy synods and councils of the Church—first and foremost the Three Ecumenical Councils—and the Liturgical life of the Church.

So yeah, there you go. Just a little introduction to broaden your knowledge about the Orthodox church.

If you are interested in reading more or just want to check out the website, visit www.erkohet.com

If you have any questions, dont hesitate to ask 🙂


5 responses

  1. downbythevillagegreen

    Ok, when you say “the Church established by the Lord Christ upon the foundation of His Holy Disciple”… out of interest, what is the Orthodox Church’s stance in relation to that of the Catholic Church? I mean I know the Catholic church claims to be the original one and what not, so where does yours come in?

    July 24, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    • Both Catholic and Orthodox are truth. But there are miner differences, look up 451 split and 1054 split ok? God Bless

      June 6, 2013 at 3:59 am

  2. Pigovi

    Generally speaking, the Roman Catholic Church (the Church of Rome) and the Oriental Orthodox (OO) Church (a communion of the Churches of Alexandria, Antioch, and other traditional centres of Christianity) were in full union up until the fifth century when they divided over a disagreement on how to properly express and understand the union between Christ’s Divine Nature and His Human Nature.

    Both the Roman Catholic Church and OO Church undoubtedly have roots in the Apostolic Church, but the question is which Church has faithfully maintained the Apostolic faith and tradition? Needless to say we would assert that the Roman Catholic Church departed from the Apostolic faith by adopting various innovations, first in the fifth century when it strayed from the established Dogmas concerning the nature of Christ, and then later on when it adopted concepts such as Papal supremacy/infallibility, immaculate conception of St Mary etc.

    Hope this helps.

    July 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm

  3. jono

    hahaha wow… thanks for answering that one Pigovi! 😀

    Perhaps I should also explicitly clarify that the Coptic Orthodox Church is known as the Church of Alexandria, which falls within the Oriental Orthodox communion of churches.

    July 24, 2008 at 5:38 pm

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