faith in belief



Belief Statement





The Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos bases its ministry on the following statement of faith:





• We believe that Jesus is "the Christ", that he is God, and that he is our personal savior.

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• We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

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• We believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Jesus, worthy of honor, and worthy of liturgical observance and intercession in prayer.

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• We honor the Saints and Martyrs of the Church, and pray for their help.

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• We believe in the inerrancy and divine inspiration of Holy Scriptures.

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• We believe in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.


(ONE - with the unity of God Himself, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit HOLY - with the holiness of the Most Holy Trinity CATHOLIC - living the fullness of divine truth and embracing all faithful Christians of all times and places and APOSTOLIC - tracing doctrine, traditions, and authority to the original Apostles.)

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• We believe in the three historic creeds: Nicene, Apostles, and Athanasian.


For a more in-depth explanation visit our The Three Catholic Creeds page.

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• We believe and accept the doctrines of the Seven Early Church Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Catholic Church.


For a more in-depth explanation visit our Seven Ecumenical Councils page.

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• We believe and appreciate the wisdom and guidance of the Early Church Fathers.

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• We believe in the seven sacraments of the Church: Baptism Confirmation Holy Eucharist Anointing and Prayers for the Sick Confession, Absolution, and Reconciliation Marriage and Holy Orders.


For a more in-depth explanation visit our The Seven Sacraments in Pictures page.

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• We believe in and hold valid Apostolic Succession of Holy Orders.


(Our Presiding Archbishop / Abbot is a Bishop of the Old Catholic Church and is consecrated in Roman Catholic, Antiochian, Jacobite, Old Catholic, Orthodox, Vilatte, Utrecht, Duarté-Costa, Russian Orthodox, Albanian Orthodox, Anglican/Episcopal, Methodist, Armenian Uniate, Chaldean Uniate, Syro-Chaldean, Syrian Malabar, African Orthodox, Celtic, Greek Melchite, Mariavite, Coptic, Order of Corporate Reunion, and Non Juring Bishops of Scotland lines of Apostolic Succession.)

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• We believe that all Holy Orders (bishops, priests, and deacons) are open to both men and women, single or married.


For a more in-depth explanation visit our position paper entilted "Statement Regarding Ministerial Standing of Women" located in the drop down box under Position Papers.

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• We believe in the sanctity of marriage as a life long commitment between a man and woman, however we also believe that within certain marriages there may be circumstances or conditions that make life within that relationship unbearable or dangerous and thus divorce becomes appropriate or even necessary. Realizing that Jesus is merciful and it is he alone who understands fully the reality of any human decision, the church welcomes to all the sacraments those who have been divorced and/or remarried.

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• We believe that all humankind is called to chastity and sexual purity within their state in life.

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• We believe that the only proper expression of sexuality is between a man and a woman within the bonds of Holy Matrimony.


For a more in-depth explanation visit our position paper entitled "Homosexuals and Christian Fellowship" located in the drop down box under Position Papers.

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• We believe that family planning (contraception) is a personal decision between a husband and wife under the prayerful guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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• We believe that all life is sacred and that it must be respected and protected from the moment of conception. We believe that abortion and euthanasia are the taking of human life.


For a more in-depth explanation visit our position papers entitled "Statement on Abortion" and "Statement Regarding Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide" located in the drop down box under Position Papers.

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• We believe and follow Scripture in all matters.

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• We believe in the Scriptural teachings of Jesus Christ.

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• We believe Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christian believers and that all are welcome at Christ's table.

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• We believe that the Bread and Wine become the "real presence" of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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• We believe that the Gospel commandment to "love others as we love ourselves" is the key to living the Christian life and it manifests itself in global concern for all peoples, patriotism for one's nation, good citizenship, and responsible stewardship of our planet.


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