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Doctrines and Practices

The Indian Orthodox Church recognizes the decisions of the first three Holy Ecumenical Councils that met between AD 325 and AD 431 at Nicea, Constantinople and Ephesus as authoritative. It was these Councils that defined the basic doctrines on Trinity and Incarnation.

The Orthodox Christian belongs to the Body of Christ, that is, the Church of Christ, which through Apostolic Succession is organically the same congregation which was born at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem on Pentecost. The Orthodox Christian has been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and follows the ideals and beliefs of Sacred Tradition, of which the Holy Scriptures form a part.

Orthodoxy believes in a living and loving God whose Grace protects and guides the faithful through the path of redemption. It acknowledges that God has revealed Himself through the Prophets and the life of the Church, but most importantly in the Person of Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son who is man's Savior, as is recorded in the Holy Bible. The Incarnation of Christ as God-Man, His Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension form the foundational ground for the revelation of God.

The Orthodox Church accepts all early traditions of Christianity from which its Liturgy and Sacraments have developed over the years.