Two thousand years ago now, Jesus, the son of God, came to the earth and founded the Church through his Apostles and disciples, for the salvation of all humanity. The churches founded by the Apostles belong to the five Patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem and Rome. All these churches were united in the faith, the Liturgy and participation of the Sacraments. Afterwards were founded the churches of Sinai, Greece, Rumania, Yugoslavia, Russia, Ukraine and others. Two thousand years ago now, Jesus, the son of God, came to the earth and founded the Church through his Apostles and disciples, for the salvation of all humanity. The churches founded by the Apostles belong to the five Patriarchates of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem and Rome. All these churches were united in the faith, the Liturgy and participation of the Sacraments. Afterwards were founded the churches of Sinai, Greece, Rumania, Yugoslavia, Russia, Ukraine and others. The Orthodox Church admits married men to be ordained Presbyters, without imposing arbitrarily priestly celibacy. That a man have priestly vocation does not necessarily means that God give him vocation of celibacy also. The Orthodox Church permits, in certain cases, divorce and second marriage. The idea is that matrimony last until death, but the couple are human and the Church, although condemns divorce, understands that we are weak and imperfect and does not insist on imposing the law. The children are fruit of the love of the parents and must not be avoided, and unless for a serious reason. The Orthodox Church is mother and not a tyrant, therefore allows each couple to take the decision, after consulting with their spiritual Father. By the sacrament of the Holy Unction the disorders of the body and the soul are cured and healed. Man cannot participate in the essence of God but can participate in the "energies" or external manifestations of God that are part of God as the rays of the son are part of the son. There are things that are not considered possible in the Christian west, where the most to which the Christian may aspire "salvation" after purging his faults. The Orthodox Church hopes for its members "deification", true union with God, a gradual and dynamic process that lasts all life and not only at death. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CATHOLIC ORTHODOX CHURCH: It is One because our Lord founded one single Church. It is Holy because Jesus Christ is its only head, and by the operation of the Holy Spirit. It is Catholic because it knows no limit of place or time. It is Apostolic because it was founded by the Apostles and maintains their teachings, written and oral without change. It is Orthodox because it believes and teaches what is correct. CATHOLIC ORTHODOX CHURCH IN COLOMBIA is an experience of faith and Christian life that receives the light of the East with an ecumenical context aspiring that all persons may know Jesus Christ and receive the saving power of the Gospel. Our faith is based in the Holy Scriptures, in the tradition of the Holy Fathers and in the declarations of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils of the United Church of the first millennium of Christianity. The Orthodoxy that we proclaim, is not a place nor a source of discord with other options. We respect with fraternal spirit and with tolerance different expressions that enrich us. We confess that God the Father is the source of infinite love, from whom comes the Holy spirit, engendered the Son, who became human for our salvation and rescue, and "those that believe in Him being adoptive sons and daughters of God for grace" (Rom. 8-14). We celebrate the Seven Sacraments for the good of the people of God, taking into account that Christ made the stranger his neighbour and made a brother of the stranger, for which we strive that the Orthodox Church translate into concrete responsibility in favour of the neighbour; dialogue, hospitality, Peace, justice. From our smallness we walk together with all the brothers and sisters who opt for the Kingdom of God, asking the protection of our Holy Mother, the blessed Virgin Mary. At present we are at the beginning of the work in Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Cucuta and Bucaramanga, but those who wish to know more about the Orthodox Church can write to the following addresses for information firstname.lastname@example.org
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