ORTHODOX in following the teachings of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church
proclaimed in the ancient creeds, adhering faithfully to the Principles of Apostolic Succession and a life of
worship through the Holy Mysteries, the Seven Sacraments.
BYZANTINE because we reflect the traditions of the Byzantine, Greek, Slavic and Semitic cultures.
We are not anti-semitic.
WESTERN because of the common cultural, language and terminology of the people we serve.
CATHOLIC, which is the same thing as Universal. Because the church is neither limited to any place,
nor time, nor people, but contains true believers of all places, times, and peoples.
The Apostle Paul says that the Word of the Gospel is in all the world; "All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit
and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its
truth."(Coloss. 1.6), and that in the Christian Church there is "neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor circumcised,
barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all" (Coloss. 3. 11); "They which be of faith, are blessed
with faithful Abraham" (Gal. 3. 9.).
We are not Roman Catholic but we honor the Pope as the Patriarch of Rome, one among equals.
APOSTOLIC, because the church has from the Apostles, without break or change, both her doctrine and
the succession in the gifts of the Holy Ghost, through the laying on of consecrated hands.
"Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and are built
on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone" (Eph. 2.19,20)
AFFIRMING the eminent position of the Sacred Scriptures within the life and worship of the
Christian people, without in any way denying its context within the living Tradition handed down from
the time of the Apostles, as expressed in the close union of proclaimed Word and celebrated
Sacrament in the Church's liturgical tradition.
TRADITIONAL in the holding of the Apostolic origins, practices and biblical doctrines of the
Christian faith. A place of refuge for traditional minded Christians that wants to hold to the
Apostolic origins, practices and biblical doctrines of the Christian faith in the midst of modern
reforms and political correctness.
EPISCOPAL meanings government by Bishops. Episcopos is the Greek word from which we derive the
English word 'Bishop'.
AUTOCEPHALOUS "self-headed" our Primate does not report to any higher-ranking bishop but to the