Before you continue please read this statement. This is not up for discussion. We are the one and only American Orthodox Catholic Church - (short name for) The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America that was canonically chartered by the Russian Synod in North America and headed by Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh. This Church continues today. We are the original 1928 corporation!
All the independent groups who claim to be us by using one of our names, claiming to be us but under another name and who claim to be us based on their lines that trace back to Ignatius Nichols are in no way associated with us, are not us and have no apostolic succession from us. We deny they are even Orthodox! Since we exist and continue they cannot be us. When they or the ethnic schismatic jurisdictions attack us and Abp. Ofiesh of blessed memory they prove their unchristian nature by their actions!
Exiled when the ethnic orthodox churches turned their backs on this
Regarding the many claims by non-orthodox, independent church clergy, who claim their lines trace back to this Church. In Orthodoxy when a bishop leaves the Church he leaves "ALL" authority. Simply stated when any member of the Orthodox clergy leaves the "orthodox" Church, unlike the Catholic and Old Catholic Churches, he no longer has any sacramental authority. Should he start an independent Church or join another Church he must be ordained and consecrated into that Church since he is starting over. His lines of Apostolic Succession from the Orthodox Church do not go with him.
In the case of Ignatius (Wm A.) Nichols, a former Auxiliary bishop of this Church from Sept. 1932 to June 1933, when he left to marry he left with no authority to act in the name of this Church since he had no sacramental authority. All later acts in the name of the Holy Orthodox Church in America were done with no authority from this Church. He became a pastor of a congregational Church in 1942 and died in 1947.
In the case of Bp. Sophronius he did not consecrate anyone with Metropolitan Noli assisting him as some would claim. The certificate was signed by Noli on Noli's letterhead.
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We are a traditional Orthodox Church. We follow Holy Scripture, Orthodox Canons, the Rudder, and orthodox tradition. We were established as an Eastern Orthodox Church but now we mainly use the Western (St. Andrews) Service Book which was approved for use by the Western Rite congregations of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in North America in 1989. Since these are referred to as "authorized liturgies and other rites and ceremonies" for use by the (Antiochian) western rite clergy and laity and after discussion and prayer by the North American Holy Synod this western rite service book was adopted for use within THEOCACNA. We also offer the Byzantine Eastern Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. When we were chartered by the Russian Orthodox Synod of Bishops in North America with the knowledge and approval of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1927 we were then and are today the only Orthodox Church in our rightful jurisdiction, i.e. the new world, according to the Oct. 1932 newspaper article about our synod posted elsewhere on this site.
We are the "American Orthodox Catholic Church sm" which is our short name and has been since 1927. North America is our jurisdiction and Central and South America are our mission territories. The Russian Church in Moscow is basically the only Orthodox church in Russia as is the Greek Church in Greece but all claim a right to establish their churches independently in North America. They do not have a canonical right to do this. That is why they ignore this Church because they want a "part of the pie, or wealth" from the New World (North America).
On February 2nd, 2009 we celebrate the 82nd anniversary of our being canonically established by the Russian Synod in North America of the Moscow Patriarchate. North America is our canonical jurisdiction. Please pray for this Church and our continued growth.
In the old world established orthodox churches the liturgy from Church to Church is very similar. In the independent Churches you find a great variety of services and in one independent group you might find a dozen different services since it seems each "priest" and "bishop" does their service of choice.
Not so in this Church. Our Synod has determined that in our jurisdiction we use the (American) orthodox approved Western Rite Liturgy and not any old world approved or other liturgies. The synod has also determined that we shall use basically one Eastern Liturgy with the exception of a couple times a year when the St Basil or St James Liturgy may be used.
If your disenchanted with the Church your with and have a desire in your heart to serve where you would feel your ministry is doing good and helping people please feel free to contact us. We are very interested in meeting with those clergy with a background in the old world Orthodox Tradition as well as former Roman Catholic clergy who left for a valid reason such as a desire to marry.
In the meanwhile we would enjoy an open dialogue with an ethnic Orthodox Bishop who might care to assist us with resolving some issues related to Canon Law and Othodox Tradition as a Synod advisor.
We seek qualified Clergy
Any clergy accepted into this jurisdiction must use only the approved liturgies of this Church.
Due to the Turmoil within the Episcopal Church USA we wish to offer a home to any members and clergy who decide to withdraw from this Church. We do not support Schism and feel your joining with us could be the answer to your problems. The Western Rite Service Book, known as the St. Andrew's Servce Book, is in many ways based on the Book of Common Prayer. We wear both Eastern & Western style vestments. Being a part of this Church would be, in many ways, like you were still part of the early Episcopal Church when the 1928 BCP was in use. Prior to the early 1930's the Episcopal Church and the Orthodox worked together. We do not support the issues now destroying the Episcopal Church.
We offer a home to orthodox groups and individuals who desire canonical ties, a link to the ethnic old world Churches and to those groups who have lost their bishop. We are unable to assist overseas persons interested in joining us because we have no bishops outside North America and the British Isles.
Our Bishop's seek clergy and religious to allow us to grow and to expand our ministry and parishes across the U.S. We also seek bishops from other jurisdictions interested in workng with the American church. The Metropolitan offers a room or small apt. to a suitable priest or deacon able to assist him. When the Texas property is sold the Metropolitan plans to move further west to establish a monastic community or retreat center.
Do you have property you have been unable to sell or cannot sell for tax or other reasons? Consider a donation or land contract to a Church!
In an effort to establish a monastic community and due to health problems the Metropolitan plans to relocate to a more arid climate. The Church is offering our apartment house near Sudan (Tx) for sale.
We are seeking a suitable parcel of land By Donation or Land Contract. Please contact us if you have suitable property.
We have a petition for a concordat of communion pending with a SCCOBA Church. We already have a letter from a Roman Catholic Diocese.
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We do not support war and the killing of innocent americans in the name of military service for any reason and especially for the rich to get richer by increasing our cost of living such as higher gas prices due to man made oil shortages and arab price gouging.
The majority of the clergy and directors oppose
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