All-Merciful Savior Orthodox Mission, Austin, Texas

Welcome

to the website of All-Merciful Savior, a mission in application to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

Who are We? Public services began in 2005 with an akathist before the visiting Kursk Root icon. Our petition to the Russian Church was not granted. Fr. Aidan’s spiritual children have found homes in the Oecumenical Patriarchate, Antiochian Archdiocese, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, and Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Now Fr. Aidan is a hieromonk of the ROCOR’s Eastern America diocese. The mission’s publishing work continues.

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Icon. The icon of Our Lord the All-Merciful Savior inspires us to pray with repentance to Our Savior. Christian Orthodox people often do this in the words of the “Jesus Prayer”: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Feast.  The Mission’s nameday is  August 14, the feast of the All-Merciful Savior, the procession of the venerable Cross, and the beginning of the Dormition (or Assumption) fast. Thus our nameday is always a day of fasting and repentance.

Services.  Since Jan. 2006, no regular public services have been offered; for Russian Orthodox services please see http://www.orthodoxaustin.org.

The Christian Orthodox Faith

Our faith in Christ as the Savior, Redeemer, and Benefactor of our souls, we hold by God’s grace, in the fullness of Orthodox Christian teaching. The teaching of the Orthodox Church is summarized in the Nicene Creed, the Holy Scriptures, and the dogmas agreed upon at the seven Oecumenical Councils of the Church. Every Sunday, we sing the Nicene Creed:

creation-stammheim-missal“I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

“And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light: true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried; And arose again on the third day according to the Scriptures; And ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

“And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life; Who proceedeth from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the age to come. Amen.”

The Eastern Orthodox Church is the very Church founded by Christ in His Blood, spread by the holy Apostles and strengthened by the witness of the ancient (and modern) Martyrs and Fathers. Our faith was passed down to us, like a treasured inheritance, from the days of the Apostles–without distortion or change. Thus the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith today remains a testament, unique in the whole world, to the faith of the original Christian believers of apostolic times. Here is a timeline which shows the unbroken progression of our Church from the year 33 A.D. to the present:

Finally, here is an online book about the Orthodox Church and its history, showing how other Christian bodies came into being and the major developments in the Orthodox Church historically. The book covers from the first century A.D. to the close of the 20th century.

Pocket Church History for Orthodox Christians  by Fr. Hieromonk Aidan (Keller), Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

The Rudder or Pedalion–Book of Canons of the Holy Orthodox Church  by Sts. Agapius and Nicodemus of Mt. Athos, published in Greek in 1802, English translation by D. Cummings published 1957. With notes by Apostolos Makrakis. DOCUMENT REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY, HOLDER OF THE COPYRIGHT.

Caution about The Rudder: The above book was crafted by the bishops of old to guide the clergy in applying the practices and customs of the Orthodox Church, which can sometimes vary slightly from nation to nation. It should not be misused by untrained persons as a way to judge others and condemn them. Secondly, Apostolos Makrakis was a controversial figure in the Greek Orthodox Church (19th century). The notes attributed to him which appear in this English edition are scarcely authoritative in or of themselves