Welcome to the website of The Orthodox Archdiocese of America (New York).
We hope you will find these pages informative. Please contact us for further information.

What is Orthodoxy?

The Holy Catholic Church was established by Our Lord Jesus Christ in A.D. 33. It has remained unchanged down to the present day. Due to the Great Schism in A.D. 1054, the Eastern Byzantine Church began referring to themselves as the Orthodox Church to differentiate themselves from the errors of the Roman Catholic Church.

Orthodox Christianity is timeless. Its worship and liturgy have a sense of profound sacredness not found anywhere else. Its appeal is in the beauty of its truth and sincerity. It is not the official property of the Eastern Churches, neither is it dependent upon some bishopric of a foreign nation. It is the timeless Christian Faith that has been handed down to us through the Apostles.

Why is there a need for a Western-Rite Orthodox Church?

Rome has fallen into modernism and Eastern Orthodoxy has fallen into phyletism. America has a need for all Christians who acknowledge the Tradition and Faith of the Undivided Church, and who observe a Western expression of that Faith, to unite in an Orthodox Catholic Church.

The basis of this is not compromise but sincere conviction that in order to be faithful to Christ we must return to our roots, to a time when the Church was one in both East and West.

The vehicle for this is the joining together of Bishops who hold the same Faith into a Synod of Bishops to pray, grow, and work toward the unity of the Traditional Orthodox Church.

What Liturgy is used?

The standard will be that of the Mediolanum 1474 Roman Liturgy. Within the Roman Family of uses (Roman, Old Catholic, Anglican) the ancient Roman Rite holds pre-eminence. However, a form of the Anglican Use has also been acknowledged by the Orthodox. Bishops will decide, in consultation with the Rectors and People of parishes which Liturgy will be best suited to minister to the people of each place. Note: The pre-schismatic Orthodox West, like the East, had several liturgies.

Please see the Library for more information about Liturgies and Propers for the Liturgy.

What is our mission?

Our mission is to facilitate, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour and the following of Him as Lord within His Body, the Orthodox Catholic Church.

With whom are you in communion?

We are in spiritual communion with all Canonical Orthodox of good will as we hold the Orthodox Faith. However, they may choose not to be in communion with us. Our Archdiocese is an active member of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Metropolis of San Julius (http://sangiulio.org/), which was born of the Archeparchy of San Julius. This was established  in 1995 from the Patriarchate of Kiev.

This website is a work in progress. Please check back with us often for the latest information.

“Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must be Eastern.
The West was fully Orthodox for a thousand years,
and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies.”
St. John Maximovitch

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The Seniority of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
The Patriarch of Moscow should read this and follow the Canons of the Church.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch: USSR Preserved Christian Morality
There may be Russian Orthodox Christians in ROCOR who may dispute this statement by the Patriarch.000

Pneumatophobia: The Orthodox Church in the Wake of the Great and Holy Council

Is Orthodoxy Unravelling?
We Orthodox do not live alone in this world. There ARE other Christians and I sometimes wonder what they may think of us.
 Here is one point of view.

Lessons From Pope in Armenia On Why Ecumenism Matters

Christians Call Day of Prayer and Fasting as Russian Government Introduces Draconian Soviet Era Restrictions on Religious Freedom

“If this is true, it is a sad development in Russia and I hope the Orthodox Church will fight against this.
 The ability to have freedom of religion is a foundational right for human beings--one that the Church would be best advocating lest she find herself back fighting for her own life again.”

Moscow Patriarchate Tells Constantinople Democracy Is Irrelevant In Church Life
Once again Moscow tries to rewrite history. I understand that the votes at a Council are supposed to reflect the discernment of the assembled bishops of the mind of the Holy Spirit…but none-the-less it is still a vote.

Pan-Orthodox Council: Russian Absence Saves Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Status — for Now

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s Letter to Pope Francis on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

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