What is orthodox for some is not for others who hold to different religious beliefs, customs, and traditions as we shall see.
Let’s examine what Orthodox Christians believe and if they differ significantly from what other, non-orthodox Christians hold to.
A wedding without the presence of a torch fire was not considered fully sanctified.
While the traditions and heritage resemble those of the Roman Catholic and Episcopal faiths, the Eastern Orthodox leaders are the patriarchs rather than the popes.It was believed that the darkness harbored evil spirits.Torches split the darkness and made demons recede, thereby purifying the air and surrounding space. In Ancient Greece, women purified themselves before a wedding by bathing in a river or a fountain holy to the goddess of wedlock.Essentially the Orthodox Church shares much with the other Christian Churches in the belief that God revealed himself in Jesus Christ, and a belief in the incarnation of Christ, his crucifixion and resurrection.The Orthodox Church differs substantially in the way of life and worship.The ROC, as well as the primate thereof, officially ranks fifth in the Orthodox order of precedence, immediately below the four ancient Patriarchates of the Greek Orthodox Church, those of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.