The Orthodox Church is a church that is founded on Jesus Christ, and it is described in the New Testament. Most Christian churches or sects throughout history can be traced back to it.  The word “orthodox” translates into “straight teaching” and “straight worship.” It is derived from two words, which are “orthos,” meaning straight, and “doxa,” meaning worship or teaching. Since there were too many false teachings with the divisions that were occurring in the early Christian times that threatened or obscured the identity or the purity of the teachings, the establishment of Orthodox Christianity was justified.  The Orthodox Church is known to guard what is true against all the errors or schisms so that the flock of God can be protected in order to glorify Jesus Christ since the church is his body.

Orthodox is from the disciples of Jesus

Orthodox is from the disciples of Jesus

There are several religions nowadays that say that they are the right successor of the first church. However, there is a need to do a comparison between what the church believed in before and what is practiced and believed right now.

The history of the church records how the work of Christ has progressed within the course of the human experience. The history of Orthodoxy has importance since it records about Jesus Christ’s incarnation – that God decided to become a breathing, living and physical human being.  He also decided to work with humans so that he can bring about their salvation. The history of the church includes a record of the salvation story and its continued effects, and a record of the experience of man.

Who is the clergy?

The Orthodox Church in France is run by the clergy. For the Orthodox Church, clergy are those members who have been called so that they can perform certain functions in the service of God while in the leadership of the church.  Normally, they deem themselves not worthy to fulfill such functions; however, by the grace of the ordination, God helps them to carry out His will.  After the ordination, the word “complete” has to be shouted. This is to say that the Holy Spirit has ascended on him and therefore he has changed into a cleric.  Being a member of the clergy does not mean that a person is better than the laity, but it shows that a person should work more intensely for God’s purpose. This can be a dangerous role because they are in charge of administering the holy mystery with the responsibility to teach God’s people.

Different types of clergy

Different types of clergy

There are two basic kinds of clergy in the Religion of France, which are major or minor orders. The minor orders found in the church are sub deacons, cantors and readers. The major orders that are recorded from the old church up to now are Bishop, Presbyter and deacon.  The saints in the church may be understood in two different ways. There are people considered saints as part of the Body of Christ, and there are the saints that have been set apart to help in achieving the purpose of God.