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Christian Orthodoxy

It was said and written about the Orthodox Church that : “…it is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It isn't non-denominational - it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.

Orthodoxy in our region is a historical sequel to the Great Moravian mission of brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius, and their five disciples (Clement, Naum, Sava, Angelar and Gorazd), their slavic worship, literacy and tradition. It is based on the Gospel, apostolic succession, decisions and holy canons of the seven Ecumenical Councils. The Orthodox Church in Czech Lands and Slovakia is autocephalous, and a successor to the Moravian church. Unfortunately, it suffered the same fate as its founders and the first bishops, the aforementioned brothers Cyril and Methodius, and their disciples. Following their unwilling departure from Moravia and the Great Schizm in 1054, the Church lasted among the people for a while, in the form of monastic and desert communities, remote from the world. The saints of our Church are Saint Vaclav and Ludmila, and the great Duce Rastislav, as well as Saint Ivan of Czechia and Saint Prokopios, hegumen of Sazava monastery.

The Orthodox Church flourishes after the First World War, when our people, like so many others, greeted freedom and independence. Without any doubt, the greatest merit in the area of restoration belongs to a tireless and fearless missionary, organizer and teacher – bishop Gorazd. One should not render insignificant the fact that Mr. Kramar, the first prime minister of independent Czechoslovak government, was an Orthodox Christian. Church services were re-established, and new temples were built even during the great economic depression in the thirties. Orthodox christianity in Czech Lands was on the rise until the Second World War and the assassiantion in Prague of Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler`s Acting Reich-Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. The revenge for hiding the assassins in the Orthodox church of Saints Cyrill and Methodius in Prague was cruel and lead to a true disaster for Orthodoxy in the Czech Lands. Moreover, the Church has suffered after the 2WW under the comunist régime, but she made it through!