Eastern Orthodox Church

Saints Simon and Jude 

  Ancient Orthodox Faith in our Modern World


Grant also, o God, progress in life and faith and spiritual understanding to the faithful who pray with us ...
(Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)
 
The Good News that Eastern Christianity proclaims from generation to generation is liberating. Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed" (Luke 4:18).

The Gospel transcends the framework of ordinary theological, moral, political, social and economic discourse and debate. We uphold and confess the ancient tenets of the Eastern Church, knowing that they are truth, and that the truth makes one free (John 8:32).

Having the mind of Christ, who is the word and wisdom of God (1 Cor 2:16), the Church has addressed many serious issues facing the world today. Each of us must do likewise as the Spirit moves us, for this is an important aspect of our Christian witness. For Christ's message to truly permeate the world, this witness must be both preached and practiced; we speak in the terms and categories of human discourse, yet in words "seasoned with salt" and with the grace of the All-Holy Spirit. The candle is put on a lamp stand and not under a bushel; and when the salt loses its savor, it is fit for nothing, except to be trodden underfoot.

The root of many of the ills facing humankind is our frailty, for which the antidote is repentance.

We seek to advance our common goal of securing – through prayer and work, in word and deed – the material, physical, moral and spiritual well-being of humanity as the necessary condition for furthering our salvation and that of mankind.

By affirming that we favor the adoption of appropriate policies by society and government, that will have the effect of helping to achieve goals pleasing to God – namely, care for the afflicted, the weak, the defenseless, the needy, the less fortunate; good stewardship of the gifts we have received on earth; pursuit of unity, peace and good will among us; and other beneficial actions and ends that are in harmony with the divine will as expressed in Sacred Scriptures (Bible), we seek to further the actual fulfillment of that for which we pray daily in the Lord's Prayer: Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus commanded us, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." In this way, the poor and the afflicted, to whom the Lord is especially near (Psalm 33/34:18), as well as like-minded persons who are concerned about helping them, may be drawn to Christ. This, in turn, will help to fulfill St. Paul's vision of church growth, in which "the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow, so that it builds itself up in love".