I recently gave a rather legalistic or juridical description of the Orthodox Church. (Being an ex-Catholic seminarian, that may be an occupational hazard!) Such is necessary in a world plagued by groups calling themselves Orthodox Churches that “ain’t necessarily so.”

What’s more important about the Orthodox Church than that it answers to the description I gave before, is that it’s the Body of Christ. It serves Christ in the world. The Holy Spirit of God dwells in it. It teaches and holds to Christian O/orthodoxy and has since the beginning. It’s the locus of God’s Uncreated Energies more than elsewhere in the world, and has experienced this since the beginning. It’s the Church of Martyrs. And much more.

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