Chapter I History: A brief history of the Orthodox Church is given that includes a summary of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the early Church. The Seven Ecumenical Councils are recognised today by not only the Orthodox Church but also, by the Church of Rome.
Chapter II Faith and Practice: In this chapter, we read a description of how the Orthodox Church is the direct continuation from the Apostolic Church of the first centuries, preserving without adulteration the original Christian Faith.
Chapter III The Orthodox Church in the World Today: Definitions of terms such as 'synod', 'autocephalous,' 'Patriarch', 'Archbishop' and 'Metropolitan' are defined which assist in the understanding of the following section. This section includes a list of all autocephalous Orthodox Churches i.e. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople; The Ancient Patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem; The Church of Russia; The Church of Serbia; The Church of Romania; The Church of Bulgaria; The Church of Greece: Other Orthodox Churches and Orthodoxy in America.
The Booklet concludes with a Chronological Chart of a dated 'History of the Church' comparing the East with the West.
Author: John Meyendorff