A Visual Guide to the Orthodox Church
The Patriarchate of Constantinople is the first among equals in the Orthodox Church, a primacy of presidency and honour but not jurisdiction.
The Patriarchate of Antioch is the third in precedence after the Patriarchates of Constantinople and Alexandria.
Together these 14 self ruling (autocephalous)
local churches and their dependencies constitute the Orthodox Church which is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
The formerly Orthodox churches of the west (now known as Protestant and Roman Catholic) are currently in schism with Orthodoxy.
Orthodoxy has returned to the west since this Schism in 1054 AD as global extensions of its eastern patriarchates
The Orthodox Church is not a denomination or a collection of denominations. Neither is it "eastern". It is simply the Church by virtue of its organic and faithful continuity from the time of the Apostles.
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