With this freedom came the problems of establishing the “Whole body of the One Christian Church”; the person of Christ; the Trinity; the Sacraments; Church structure; and the administration of Christ’s Church on earth.In the year 325, the first Ecumenical Synod met in Nicaea.
The reasons being: 1.) It is the language of the New Testament; and 2.) The language of the Christian Faith for one thousand years, when it was one Church, was Greek.
To receive Holy Communion one must be a baptized and/or chrismated Orthodox Christian, but at the end of the Liturgy, everyone is invited to join the faithful to receive blessed bread from the priest in token of Christian fellowship. The first Church, the Orthodox Church, began with Christ and His apostles.
From the beginning of the Christian era, the Orthodox Church has always existed, without interruption.
The Western Church (headed by Rome) was with us until 1054, when East and West split, primarily over increasing authority the Pope tried to assume.
Evangelical comes from the Greek word meaning “Gospel.” We are very Gospel centered – in fact, a Gospel Book is always kept on our Holy Altar Table.
To properly interpret the Bible one must take the literal parts literally and the symbolic parts symbolically.