The Eastern Orthodox Church , officially the Orthodox Catholic Church ,     is the second-largest Christian church , with approximately — million members. Oriental Orthodox are also sometimes referred to as "non-Chalcedonians", or "anti-Chalcedonians". The following is a list:. Some Russian icons were made of copper. By the 4th century Christianity had spread to numerous regions. Of its innumerable Sacred Mysteries , it recognises seven "major sacraments," of which the Eucharist is the principal one, celebrated liturgically in synaxis.
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Due to this canonical disagreement it is disputed which church has been the legitimate successor to the Russian Orthodox Church that had existed before During the reign of Tsar Fyodor I his brother-in-law Boris Godunov contacted the Ecumenical Patriarch, who "was much embarrassed for want of funds,"  with a view to establishing a patriarchal see in Moscow. By this declaration Sergius granted himself authority that he, being a deputy of imprisoned Metropolitan Peter and acting against his will, had no right to assume according to the XXXIV Apostolic canon , which led to a split with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia abroad and the Russian True Orthodox Church Russian Catacomb Church within the Soviet Union, as they allegedly remained faithful to the Canons of the Apostles, declaring the part of the church led by Metropolitan Sergius schism , sometimes coined Sergianism. The sixth sector of the OGPU , led by Yevgeny Tuchkov , aggressively arrested and executed bishops, priests, and devout worshippers, such as Metropolitan Veniamin in Petrograd in for refusing to accede to the demand to hand in church valuables including sacred relics. Both of these metropolitans continued to entertain relations intermittently with the synod in Karlovci.
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It is also the sense within the phrase " One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church ", found in the Nicene Creed , and referred to in Orthodox worship, e. In , the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople , published an encyclical "addressed 'To all the Churches of Christ, wherever they may be', urging closer co-operation among separated Christians, and suggesting a 'League of Churches', parallel to the newly founded League of Nations ". In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Apart from the icons, the Eastern Orthodox churches and monasteries are often decorated with frescos and mosaics. In that regard, the differences between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox communions have not been improved in any relevant way. I was never a stool pigeon, nor an informer. The Contested History of an American Ideal.