“…The disciples where called Christians first in Antioch” (Book of Acts 11:26
We trace our heritage back to the time of the Apostles, the quote from the Book of Acts is the first mention of the Antiochian church. Our tradition holds that Peter was first Bishop in Antioch, long before he traveled to Rome with St. Paul. The church became one of the five Patriarchates of the state church of the Roman empire. It was also the first Gentile church (Acts 11:20-21), it is also from the church of Antioch that St. Paul started his three Roman missions.
Antioch is also the birth place of St. John Chrysostom, who would go on become of the great church father (or patriarchs), and was the creator of the liturgy that we practice today, in fact many of the ancient practice of the early church in the book of acts can be seen in the modern day Antiochian churches. During the first ecumenical council, held in 325, it was the bishop of Antioch who during the council was given the primacy over all the church of the east.
It was during the 19th century that events in Europe forced Antiochian Christians to the shores of the United States, in 1895 a “Syrian Orthodox Benevolent Society” was created by the immigrants in New York City. By the year 1900 around 3000 immigrants had moved and become part of the parish founded in Brooklyn New York.
The church has grown to over four hundred clergy, and two hundred and sixty six parishes, across the United States and into Canada. Even though our roots are Syrian, our liturgies are held in English, and our parishes are made up largely of converts who have come a large diverse background of beliefs
Beyond just the history, you will find that Antiochian Orthodox believers are very open to sharing their faith, we love to meet new people, and we love even more to welcome new people into our parishes. You will find very loving and tight knit communities, filled with people who looked for the original church of the Apostles, and graced the doors of the Antiochian church. To find out more, we encourage you to visit our parish, you find people from all walks of life.
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