Dear Philip, As far as I know, Orthodox Faith is
the faith of First Three Holy Ecumenical councils.
The word "Orthodox" is Greek and it means "right glorification"
and it appears in the writings of Alexandrian fathers
and Anthiocian Greek and Syriac fathers of 5th century
(and most proabably even earlier to distinguish those who
glorify God in "Three Hypostases" or "Three Qnuma").
St. Severus in his Greek works and St. Philoxenos
(St. Xenias) in his Syriac works uses the word
"Orthodox" to describe the faith.
[Ref: The Council of Chalcedon and Christology of
Severus of Anthioc, Yale University]
These fathers were very strict about the Orthodox faith
and they sincerely followed the Alexandrian tradition
of St. Cyril.
For these fathers the word "Orthodox" also means the
faith about Jesus Christ. Christ is "One incarnate nature
of God the Word" in the Orthodox faith. The teaching
that Christ exists in two hypostases (human and divine
in separation) is not Orthodox. This is why we do not
commune with Western churches like RC and Nestorian.
RC for example teaches "in two natures" (separation)
It is in the Great council of 1965 summoned by Emperor
Haile Selassie that six Oriental non-Chalcedonian churches formally
adopted the name "Oriental Orthodox". The church that is
close to Oriental Orthodox is Eastern (Byzantine) Orthodox.
No other Church keeps the same Orthodox faith.
--- In SOR-Forum@y..., JOHN PHILIP <jp67in@y...> wrote:
> Dear Sir,
> Can you please clarify the following
> 1] Can you please give me an idea about the Church
> calender & also specify the new year day as per our
> Church calender.
> 2] I think our Church in early years was only known
> as "Syrian Church". If so, from when on our Church
> added the name 'Orthodox' with it?
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