Holy Protection
Orthodox Christian Church
UOC of the USA-Ecumenical Patriarchate
3820 Moores Lake Road Dover FL 33527
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Requirements to Join the Church

Holy Protection Requirements to Join the Church and Catechetical Program                                          

The Orthodox Church is the pinnacle and origin of all Christianity, which itself is the pinnacle of all spirituality and even so-called secularism and atheism, because atheism finds no sustainable god in material reality, making spiritual progress only possible with movement toward the Creator upon recognizing that there is far more to reality than material being, and that the material and finite has its origin in the eternal and infinite, the binding of the two accomplished above all in the Incarnation of Christ.    

It is a serious decision to join the Orthodox Christian Church, which in longer form is God’s Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church. 

Above all, what is required is that you stop making yourself god and start following the actual God and Creator and Redeemer of the universe, to submit to Him as your Lord and the one who governs your life, and to delve into the Gospel of Christ as a result.  In order to be a disciple of Christ, one must familiarize themselves with Scripture, above all the Gospels, the Epistles, and then all Scripture.  In order to go deeper one needs to listen to or read books and programs that focus on spiritual development according to the Tradition handed on from the Apostles.  The Church Fathers function in this way.    

Our parish is dedicated to growing only if it is receiving people who want to perpetuate and propagate Christ’s saving Orthodox Faith, and follow God’s will and standards as revealed in Scripture and Tradition.  Our parish is dedicated not to cater to peoples’ wishes but rather for us together to conform to God’s standards. 

For all those who seek to be received into the God’s Holy Orthodox Church at Holy Protection Church and wishes to be received as a member should first and foremost:

-- be willing to dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ, the only begotten and eternal Son of God, to His Father, and to the Holy Spirit, as being the three who are from eternity Divine, the Son and Spirit having their origin from God the Father before time began (unlike all of us and all of the rest of what exists, which were all created by God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son and in the Holy Spirit). 

--should know and have read through at least once all of the Gospels and the Book of Acts.  Upon reading these things one should read all of the rest of the New Testament and the Book of Genesis at the beginning of Scripture.    

--should have prayed through the Psalms at least once, and read through through the book of Proverbs.

--should accept the Creed in its original form, as well as the points of affirmation of the faith for reception at Chrismation.   

--should have attended at least 20 Orthodox services (of which at least 10 should be Liturgies, either full or Presanctified).

--should have attended at least 6 in-person classes with the catechist and viewed at least one set of online classes by Fr. Harry on either the parish website or on orthodoxchristianed.org. 



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