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Vicariate (GOA) in the USA


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Orthodox Christianity is unfamiliar to many Americans because it has until recently been the religion of the East, whereas the American religious experience grows out of the Western Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions. However, Orthodox Christianity was born in Jerusalem two thousand years ago and is now a major force worldwide, with 260 million believers in Russia, Eastern Europe, Greece, the Middle East, and increasing numbers here in America and throughout the world.

If you are unfamiliar with Orthodoxy, or know a little but would like to know more, you may find the following articles helpful. Each is only a brief overview of its topic; you can find out more from the books in the Reading List. More topics will be added here in the months to come.

What is The Orthodox Christian Church?
Orthodox Christianity from Birth to Death (Sacraments)
What is a Patron Saint?
The Meaning and Use of Icons
Saints and the Theotokos
Saint Lawrence of Rome
On Spiritual Reading
The Orthodox Church Calendar
The Old Calendar
The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom