There exists something which has been somewhat of a great secret in the Christian West throughout its history and which I wish to shed light upon for all in the Cheyenne and Southeast Wyoming community. Before the modern branches of the fellowship and restoration movement, there was Orthodox Christianity. Before the branches of the contemporary neo-Evangelical movement, there was Orthodox Christianity. Before the Episcopalian, Methodist, Calvinist, Anglican, Lutheran, and broader Protestant Reformation, there was Orthodox Christianity. Before the fall of Roman Catholicism into the error of heresy, from which all the other branches emerged, there was Orthodoxy Christianity.
The history of Christianity can be compared to a great tree, tracing back from the leaves to the small twigs and branches, eventually leading to the largest branch, all finding their source in the trunk and roots of the tree. Like that great trunk, the Orthodox Christian Faith maintains the fullness of Christ’s Holy Church as was passed down from generation to generation from Christ Himself to His Holy Apostles. It is this same authentic Church of Christ which never branched or split from the true and genuine teachings of God. It is this same Church which would throughout history convene councils; such as those that officially compiled the canon of Holy Scripture as we know it, and to preserve, protect and refute any heresy promulgated against the true faith, and to further explain the genuine Christian beliefs to a growing Church, the body of Christ.
The word ‘Orthodox’ simply means, true and correct glory. It is this genuine Church that has maintained the Christian faith without theological deviation or error. It is often said that the Orthodox Christian Church can be explained as Christianity without the subtractions of Protestantism or the additions of Catholicism. For over a millennium, since the first branch broke away from the truth resulting in the Great Schism of the Roman Catholic Church, there has been a great deal missing in the Christian West. Over the years, as time passed, more branches grew, and Orthodox Christianity became somewhat forgotten in the West, but more and more people are learning about Orthodoxy, and little by little it is forgotten no longer. Orthodox Christianity exists in Cheyenne and the Holy Apostles Orthodox Christian Church is here to share this message with all. We invite everyone in the community to visit our parish and learn more.