St Basil the Great Orthodox Church
1520 Todds Lane, Hampton VA 23666 | (757) 223-4159
A Short History

1994 was the 200th anniversary of the Eastern Orthodox presence in North America. Orthodoxy entered through Alaska with the Russian mission there in 1794. Orthodox people with roots in Greece, the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East have since added to the diversity of our continent and our country.

Immigrants from Syria and the Middle East began to organize Churches in 1895, and thereby the two thousand years of spiritual experience of The Antiochian Patriarchate has enriched the New World for more than one hundred years.

The Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, together with the three other ancient Patriarchates (Constantinople, Alexandria, and Jerusalem); and the four modern Patriarchates (Russia, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria); and the autocephalous Churches (of Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Poland, and Albania); and the three autonomous Churches (Sinai, Czechoslovakia, and Finland) -- with many dependent (daughter) bodies and missionary situations throughout the world -- comprise what is known today as the "Eastern Orthodox Church" with an estimated 250 million adherents. All are united in faith and share the Apostolic experience and tradition of the past twenty centuries.

The Western Patriarchate (Rome) has been separated from world Orthodoxy since the schism of 1054 A.D. The Roman Church and the Orthodox Churches have not been in communion with each other since that time.


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