Orthodox Church of Ajax
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The Tarsan Orthodox Church, officially the Orthodox Catholic Church, is the X Christian church, with over X million members. One of the oldest religious institutions in the world, it has played a prominent role in the history and culture of Tarsas, Almadis, Seredinia, and others. It operates as a communion of autocephalous churches, each governed by its bishops, called a Holy Synod. The church has no central doctrinal or governance authority analogous to the Fabrian Catholic pope, but the Ecumenical Patriarch of Aenonesos is recognized by all as primus inter pares ("first among equals") of the bishops.
Eastern Orthodox theology is based on the Nikomedian Creed, and the church teaches that it is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church established by Jesus Christ in his Great Commission, and that its bishops are the successors of Christ's apostles. It maintains that it practices the original Christian faith, passed down by sacred tradition. Its patriarchates, reminiscent of the pentarchy, and autocephalous and autonomous churches reflect a variety of hierarchical organisation. Of its innumerable Sacred Mysteries, it recognises seven "major sacraments," of which the Eucharist is the principal one, celebrated liturgically in synaxis. The church teaches that through consecration invoked by a priest the sacrificial bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.
The Eastern Orthodox Church shared communion with the Fabrian Catholic Church until the East–West Schism in AD 1010, triggered by disputes over doctrine, especially the authority of the Pope and the rise of the Iconoclasm.
- 1 Worship
- 2 Traditions
- 3 Notable Patriarchs
- 4 History
- 5 Relations with Other Christians
- 6 Relations with Azdarin
- 7 Relations with Zoroastrianism
- 8 Present
Patriarch of Aenonesos
Patriarch of Velikoslava
Patriarch of Sydalon
Patriarch of All Oxidentale and Northumbria
Based in San Gianpiero SR.
Pre Latin Period
The Tarsan Orthodox Church's earliest roots can be traced back to the arrival of Saint Andrew in early AD 36 in the city of Aenonesos. Tradition states that he preached in the city and founded one of the first eastern Christian churches in the Teispid Empire and appointing Xarxes as the first Bishop of Aenonesos. It is traditionally held that Andrew preached throughout the Teispid Empire and formed a thriving Christian minority as far south as Vasilki. After the departure and subsequent martyrdom of Andrew in the Latin Empire, the church continued to prosper in the Teispid Empire. In AD 243, the Empire began to decline with revolt of the Hellenic city of Sidon under Ptarpos the Elder. Shahavadi (Savad) was subsequently sacked and destroyed by Ptarpos in AD 252. The fledgling church was beset by a wave of persecution from AD 252 onward.
In 258, the Latin Empire began to beset the city-states and conquered Aenonesos in 262.
Arrival of the Latin Empire
In XXX, the Latin Empire invaded from the province of XXX captured Marvios in XXX. The Christian Latins were hailed as heroes and the "harbingers of judgement" by the persecuted Christians. The Bishop of Aenonesos swore fealty to Latin Emperor Philip II in 568 and was given jurisdiction in the east over the churches. Soon after the formation of the Province of Tarsas in XXX, Philip II reformed church government and introduced the Pentarchy. This system subdivided church authority under X Patriarchs; Castellum, Sydalon, Juniae, and Aenonesos. Each of these cities were considered centers of Christian learning and had historic events that reflected on their status as major centers of the faith. The Patriarchate of Marvious was established under the leadership of Matthias I.
Rise of Azdarin and the Great Schism
Successive Patriarchs ushered in a period of expansion under the Latin Empire and the church grew in prosperity. By 760, the Teispid Kingdom of the south had become a client state of the Latin Empire. King Enaxaios II met with Patriarch Patriarch in 782 and converted to Christianity. This is widely regarded as the spread of Christianity to the rest of modern day Tarsas.
Relations with Other Christians
Relations with Azdarin
Historically, the Orthodox Church were among the first Christian peoples to have contact with Mesfin, which conquered Eastern Scipia in the 10th century, and fought many battles against Yen conquests. The Layansaa records its concurrent observations regarding the Latin world in Eubayd Yasue.
Christians who were under Yen rule were denied equality of rights and were forced to pay a special tax for every home occupied by Christians.