The “Great” or “Ecumenical” Councils, accepted by both East and West, and adopted by a large part of Christendom inasmuch as they defined and defended the fundamental doctrines of the Christian Church, were held either in or near the city of Constantinople.
Main Teaching: formulated the first part of the Symbol of Faith, known as the “Nicaean Creed,” defining the divinity of the Son of God
Main Teaching: formulated the second part of the Symbol of Faith, defining the divinity of the Holy Spirit. The “Nicaean-Constantinopolitan Creed” remains unchanged in the Orthodox Church since the fourth century. It is recited at every baptism and repeated during each Divine Liturgy
Main Teaching: proclaimed Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Word of God and Mary as the Theotokos
Main Teaching: proclaimed Jesus Christ as fully divine and fully human, two natures in one person
Main Teaching: confirmed the doctrines of the Holy Trinity and the person of Jesus Christ
Main Teaching: affirmed the full humanity of Jesus Christ by insisting on the reality of His human will
Main Teaching: completed the doctrinal teaching of the fifth and sixth Ecumenical Councils
Main Teaching: affirmed the use of icons as genuine expressions of the Christian faith in the doctrine of the divine Incarnation
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Saturday, July 19, 2014
It is with great pain and sorrow that we have learned of the tragic crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, and the tragic loss of so many lives, citizens mostly from your country, men and women, young and old. On behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to Your Majesty and through You, to the leaders and people of the Netherlands, most especially to the families of the victims. Read more...
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