What is to be a member of the Orthodox Christian Church?
Is it Baptism, or going to the Divine Liturgy, attending a Marriage ceremony, or supporting the Parish financially?It is all these things, and more that make one a member of the Orthodox Church.Church membership is an active commitment to our belief in God and the acknowledgement of Jesus Christ in the way we live our lives.Merely fulfilling a financial obligation to the Church does not make us an Orthodox Christian; one becomes an Orthodox Christian through Baptism, Chrismation, and gives us the right to participate in the Sacramental life of the church.These alone, however, do not make one an Orthodox Christian.
To be an Orthodox Christian in good standing ecclesiastically, one must be Baptised and Chrismated in the Orthodox Christian Church, and if married, the Marriage must be blessed in the Orthodox Christian Church.We must also regularly participate in the sacramental life of the church, the worship and stewardship.Ecclesiastical Membership means:we were baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity, we were Chrismated in the Orthodox Christian Church, we had our marriage blessed in the Orthodox Christian Church, we regularly participate in the Holy Sacraments of Communion, we frequently attend the Divine Liturgy and other services, and we observe prescribed Fast Days in the proper manner.
Membership in an organization brings responsibility, but especially in a Church because it is the work of the Lord.It means we must use our talents for the Lord’s work.We must give of our time, our talents, and our resources; the first is the stewardship commitment of our time and talents.
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