Orthodox Christmas 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS! PEACE ON EARTH!

Although the term “Christian” is recorded as first being used in Antioch, the first center of the Church was in Jerusalem and the first Believers were Egyptian, during what is called the “Flight into Egypt”.

When Emperor Constantine called for a clarification of Christian Beliefs and the many divergent views of Christianity were formalized, Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Jerusalem and Rome became the primary centers of Christianity. Rome later broke away but the others remained Orthodox.

When the Western World adopted the Gregorian Calendar, the Orthodox Church continued to use the Julian and today is therefore Christmas Eve for Orthodox Christians. Armenia became officially Christian before the reign of Constantine; the Armenian Church continues to operate independently and follows the Gregorian Calendar.

Related Links >
The Orthodox Church >
http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/catechism_ext.htm

The Orthodox Church: New Edition(Paperback) > http://www.amazon.com/Orthodox-Church-New-Timothy-Ware/dp/0140146563

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation(photo source) > http://www.hcef.org

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem > http://www.holylight.gr/patria/enpatria.html

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople > http://www.ec-patr.org

The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church Of Egypt > http://www.coptic.net/EncyclopediaCoptica

Merry Christmas > http://www.unobserver.com/index.php?pagina=layout5.php&id=2991&blz=1

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