Welcome to the website of Saint Mark African Orthodox Church.

St. Mark is a Western Rite Church with an Eastern Rite doctrine. Our worship is Liturgical.

What is the Doctrine of the African Orthodox Church?

The DOCTRINE OF THE AFRICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, in common with all Orthodox, Eastern Churches, accepts the Holy Scriptures as the Word, of GOD, the Holy Traditions and the Dogmatic of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, The Holy Scriptures being interrupted in accordance with the teachings of the APOSTLES, the Holy Fathers and the decisions of the Ecumenical Councils.

We accept further, the Niceo-Constantinopolitan Creed, without the "Filioque" as our authoriative and binding symbol of Faith. We also believe the other two symbols known as the Apostles Creed and the Creed of St. Athanasius.

We believe, acknowledge and recognize OUR BLESSED LORD JESUS CHRIST, as the SOLE HEAD of the Christian and Catholic Church.

We believe in the infallibility of the ECCLESIA.

We believe that the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, THE  HOLY SPIRIT, proceeds from the Father alone.

We honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as "Theotokos" (Mother of God.) We believe in the Three Hierarchies and Nine Choirs of Angels and ALL the Holy Saints of GOD.

We reverence the relics of the Holy Saints of GOD, the icons or pictures of Holy Subjects.

We believe and accept Seven Sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony, Penance and Holy Unction.

We hold the true doctrine of Transubstantiation to be THE REAL PRESENCE. 

We hold that belief in the 'Communion of the Saints' requires us to pray for the dead as well as for the living.

We reject the false doctrine of Predestination and believe that for Justification both FAITH and WORKS are necessary.

The central act of worship is the celebration of THE DIVINE LITURGY and it is OBLIGATORY. 

Mark 16:15-  "Go into all the world and Preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

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