During the past century, the Greek Orthodox Church has experienced a lot of changes. The church traces its history back to the early days of Christianity. During the first century, the Greek Orthodox Church was established when missionaries from Constantinople converted Slavs to Christianity. In 1906, the Saint Nicholas Church building was erected. In 1915, the Community building was also constructed.
Missionaries from Constantinople converted Slavs to Christianity
During the ninth century, two missionaries from Constantinople, Cyril and Methodius, converted Slavs to Christianity. Although they were not the first Christians to reach Slavic peoples, they are considered the “Apostles to the Slavs.” During their missionary work, they created the Cyrillic alphabet, which is still used today. The Cyrillic alphabet was based on the Greek alphabet, but it was simplified to accommodate the phonetic peculiarities of the Slavic language.
Before Cyril and Methodius arrived, Slavs had no written language. They received religious instruction, and they heard Church services in their native language. They also received education. In addition, the Slavs became familiar with the Greek language.
Saint Nicholas’ Church building was erected in 1906
During the Second World War, St Nicholas’ Church was severely damaged. A temporary roof was crowned and the church was opened to the public on certain occasions. The building is now maintained by the Friends of St Nicholas with donations.
The Gothic style structure was designed by Delaney, O.Connor & Schultz. It had massive twin towers that framed the facade. It was crowned with 13 domes, which reached 112 feet into the heavens. The organ gallery was also renovated in 1906. It was equipped with ornamented benches. The choir re-consecrated on 23 April 1909.
During the Second World War, the church was used for military purposes. After the war, the Hussite Church used the church for its original purpose.
Community building erected in 1915
Probably the first community building to grace New Orleans’ shores was the Dryades YMCA. The facility was built in 1915 to serve black New Orleanians, and included a 10,000 book library. The YMCA building was also the first New Orleans Public Library.
A number of similar buildings were constructed over the years, and by 1917 the Dryades YMCA was the envy of the neighborhood. In fact, the building was such a hit that the YMCA decided to build another one. The next gen building, constructed in 1919, was a two story structure with a single large bay. Sadly, this one was demolished in the early 1960s.
Holy Scriptures as a valuable witness to God’s revelation
Throughout history God has revealed Himself to mankind, both through spoken and written prophecies. His plan for salvation began with the nation of Israel. This plan came to a complete conclusion in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the only person who has the words of life, and His words are the only ones to guide you into eternal life.
All of God’s written revelation has two main messages. The first is the promise that the writings teach salvation, and the second is that these writings are from God. The words of God were spoken to Moses, who recorded the events. These were written down on stone tables at Sinai.
During the fourth century, the Church was plagued with an apostasy called Arianism, which attacked the doctrine of the trinity. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed was formulated to combat this heresy.
The Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed is one of the most important and foundational statements of faith in the Catholic Church. Although the original creed was approved by the Church at the first Ecumenical Council in 325, it was not completely established until the Second Ecumenical Council in 381. In 381, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan was modified by the Council of Constantinople, adding a section after the phrase “We believe in the Holy Spirit.”
The Nicene-Constantinopolitan is the received text of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Greek Catholic Church. It is a statement of faith which is recited during every Divine Liturgy. It was translated into English by the International Consultation on English Texts in 1970.
Celebrations for the centenary of the Greek Orthodox Church
During the centenary of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Archdiocese has launched 2022 Centennial celebrations. The first step is the development of the National Historic Parish Registry. This powerful offering is meant to bridge the rich past of the Archdiocese with its dynamic future.
One of the most meaningful celebrations for the Greek Orthodox Church is Theophania, also known as Epiphany. This is the day on which Jesus Christ was baptized. It also ranks third behind Easter and Pentecost. During this time, various activities are held to mark this event.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is one of the oldest Orthodox Christian churches in the United States. It was established by 185 Greek men in 1923. In the years since, it has grown significantly. It is now one of the largest Greek Orthodox parishes in the country.