Become Orthodox

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart . . . you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). ✥

How to Become an Orthodox Christian

1. Visit A Local Church

Look for an Orthodox parish near you. Start attending the Divine Liturgy, meet the priest, and familiarize yourself with the other parishioners. Use our Parish Finder tool, and we'll help you find a local Orthodox church.

2. Become A Catechumen

Learn about the Orthodox Christian faith. Ask your priest about going through the catechism process. What must one believe as an Orthodox Christian? Learn here, about the dogmas, doctrines, canons, councils, and other traditions of the Church.

3. “Be Baptized” (Acts 2:38)

Receive the sacrament of baptism, instituted by Christ, by which we enter into His Church and Body. After catechism, you will be baptized and confirmed. In the Book of Acts, we learn that Saint Peter commanded, according to the revelation of God, “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The Oriental Orthodox Church is the ancient Christian Church, established by Jesus Christ Himself, in the year ~33 AD (Mt. 16:18). It is composed of the Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Indian Orthodox Churches. Today, Orthodox Christian parishes can be found in all areas of the world, “from the East to the West” (Mal. 1:11).

The word, “Oriental,” from the Latin word, “orientalis,” meaning “Eastern,” is used to signify the historical truth that the Orthodox Church is made up of, and is the never-ceasing continuation of, the many patriarchates which were established in the Eastern regions of the world, by, and during the days of, the Apostles.

Learn more, here, about the history of the Orthodox Church.

PATRIARCHS OF THE CHURCH

Theodore II

Theodore II

Ephrem II

Ephrem II

Karekin II

Karekin II

Mathias

Mathias

Basil Thomas

Basil Thomas

Basil St. Thomas Paul II

Basil St. Thomas Paul II

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