The word Orthodox is a combination of two words, Orthos which means ‘true’ and Doxos which means ‘glory’. Orthodoxy is nothing but True Glory, glorification of the Triune God in the True Way.
We believe that God is One in substance and Triune in persons. We worship One God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity. All creation is the work of the Holy Trinity. The world is not self-created, neither has it existed from eternity, but it is created out of nothing (ex cathedra nihilo) by the Love of God.
The Head of the Orthodox Church is our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Church was instituted through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Church is held to be One, Holy, Apostolic and Catholic; The Church is ONE because our Lord Jesus Christ founded not many, but only one Church; HOLY because her aim, the salvation of all through the grace of the sacraments, is holy; APOSTOLIC because she was “built upon the foundation of the Apostles and CATHOLIC because she is above local limitations and is Universal in her scope.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one True God:
The Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things-visible and invisible:
And in the One Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of the same substance with the Father; and by whom all things were made; Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God, by the Holy Ghost, and became man; And was crucified for us in the days of Pontius Pilate; and suffered and died, and was buried.
And on the third day he rose again, according to His will and ascended into heaven, and sat on the right hand of the Father, and shall come again in His great glory to judge, both the living and the dead, and whose kingdom will have no end:
And in the Living Holy Spirit, the life giving-Lord of all, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets and the Apostles:
And in the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: And we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins and look for the resurrection of the dead; and the new life in the world to come. Amen.