About Us

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church established by Jesus Christ in A.D. 33. From that time on, the successors to the Apostles, the bishops, have maintained incorrupt this holy faith.

The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians in America was established in the 1950's with the arrival of the ever-memorable Archimandrite Petros Astyfides (1915-1997), who later became Metropolitan of Astoria. In 1954 he founded the church of St. Markella in Astoria NY, which later became his Cathedral.

The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America is a part of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece, under His Beatitude, Archbishop Kallinikos.

In the Church of the G.O.C. in America there are now 58 parishes and missions, 6 men's monasteries and sketes, 4 convents, 7 bishops (3 retired), 72 priests (8 retired), and 21 deacons throughout North and South America.

The ruling hierarch of the Metropolis of America is His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America. His Eminence is assisted by his auxiliary bishop, His Grace, Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis.

The Metropolis of Toronto, whose ruling hierarch is His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto, extends throughout southern Ontario.

The Diocese of Boston, whose ruling hierarch is His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, extends throughout the states of New England.

The Diocese of Etna and Portland, whose ruling hierarch is His Grace, Bishop Auxentios of Etna and Portland, extends throughout the western United States which are in the Pacific and Mountain Time Zones. It also includes, in Canada, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as Alaska and Hawaii.

We invite you to visit one of our parishes or to get in contact with us if you have any questions about our Church.

A Brief History

Why we follow the Old Orthodox Calendar

Orthodox Awareness

A Miracle of Saint Spyridon

This miracle of Saint Spyridon took place in Mandra, Greece in 1926.

It was 12/25 December, 1926. The state Church of Greece adopted the Papal calendar and with the help of the Greek government persecuted all those who did not accept the Papal calendar. The faithful Orthodox Christians of Mandra woke up and headed to their Church to celebrate the Feast of Saint Spyridon. When they reached the Church they saw that the door to the Church had been secured with chains and the faithful could not enter. Before leaving the Church to return to their homes they stuck their candles on the door. As soon as the last person placed his candles on the door

the chains broke and fell. The faithful, confirmed in their Faith, entered the Church and celebrated the Feast of Saint Spyridon.

The miracle was reported the next day by the newspaper Skrip.

Missions

Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...

Youth

2023 Youth Conference

Please join us for the 2023 youth conference in Chicago, IL! To learn more, visit the home page or visit the conference website.

Ask A Priest

Morning and Evening Prayers

Q. Are the prayers in the blue prayer book [A Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery —ed.] compulsory for everyone? I mean their morning prayers and the service of Small Compline. My confessor gave me a special rule but wasn’t clear about whether this replaced the book prayers or was in addition to them. Read more...