St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church is a parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH, and the Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York, shepherded by His Grace Bishop ALEXANDER.
The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the Church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity all the way back to Christ and His Twelve Apostles.
Incredible as it seems, for over twenty centuries, she has continued in her undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today her apostolic doctrine worship and structure remain intact. The Orthodox Church maintains that the Church is the living Body of Jesus Christ.
But, for the first thousand years of her history, the /church was essentially one. Five historic patriarchal center -- Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome, Alexandria and Constantinople -- formed a cohesive whole and were in full communion with one another. There were occasional heretical or schismatic groups going their own way, to be sure, but the Church was unified until the eleventh century. Then, in events culminating in A.D. 1054, the Roman Patriarch pulled away from the other four, pursuing his long-developing claim of universal headship of the Church. Today, nearly a thousand years later, the other four Patriarchates remain intact, in full communion, maintaining that Orthodox Apostolic Faith of the inspired New Testament record.