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orthodoxkansas.org provides a variety of resources for Orthodox Christians and those interested in learning more about the Holy Orthodox Faith:

All Saints Orthodox Church, St. Mary Magdalene Chapel, Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Holy Transfiguration Church, and Three Hierarchs Mission are all under the omophorion of Bishop BASIL of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America of the Self-Ruled Antiochican Archdiocese of North America.
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Orthodox Parishes Throughout Kansas (with links to homepages or other information):

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What is an Orthodox Christian?

The Orthodox Christian belongs to the Body of Christ, the Church of Christ. This Eastern Orthodox Church is organically the same congregation (or ecclesia) which was born at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on Pentecost, a direct continuation from the Apostles by laying on of hands from each generation of priests to the next. The Orthodox Christian recognizes the rich Christian heritage and proclaims that he belongs to this Church, which corresponds to the Church of the Apostles as does a grown-up person correspond to a picture taken of him as a child.

The Orthodox Christian has been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and follows the ideals and beliefs of both the Scriptures and Sacred Tradition. He believes in a living and loving God, Whose Grace protects and guides him in the path of redemption. He believes that God has revealed Himself in the Bible through the Prophets and especially in the Person of Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son who is man's Savior. He especially believes in the Incarnation of Christ as God-Man, in His Crucifixion and Resurrection, in His Gospel and Commandments, and in the world to come.

(Excerpts from THE FAITH WE HOLD by Archbishop Paul of Finland)

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What do Orthodox Christians Believe?

The Basic Statement of Orthodox Christian Beliefs:

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And the third day He rose again, according to the scriptures;
And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets;
And I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the Resurrection of the dead, and the Life of the world to come. Amen.

This statement of belief was drawn up at the first two universal or Ecumenical Councils of the Church, at Nicaea in 325 and Constantinople in 381.

Those interested in learning more about Orthodox Christian teachings and about Orthodox Christian positions on contemporary issues may find the following links useful.

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Upcoming feasts and fasts:

Great Lent began this year with Pure Monday on 23 February. Throughout the Great Fast, the strict Lenten rule is observed on all days except for Saturdays and Sundays when there is a katalysis for oil and wine (wine only on Holy Saturday, this year 11 April), and Palm Sunday (this year 5 April) and the Feast of the Annunciation, 25 March, when there is a katalysis for fish, oil and wine.

During Bright Week from Pascha (this year 12 April) to Thomas Sunday (this year 19 April) we do not fast. Authorities vary on the degree to which the usual Wednesday and Friday fasts are to be lightened during the balance of Paschatide -- most advise they be observed with either a katalysis for oil and wine, or for fish, oil and wine, though the Holy Synod of Antioch permits the ancient custom of all of Paschatide being fast-free.

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This site is authored and maintained by David Yetter dyetter@math.ksu.edu, who serves the St. Mary Magdalene Chapel as a lowly subdeacon and Council Chairman. The frames version of the St. Mary Magdalene webpage was produced by Christian Yetter.

Last updated 1 March 2015.

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