It is orthodox, but not Jewish.
It is catholic, but not Roman.
It isn't non-denominational - it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost 2000 years ago.
It is common for visitors to enter an Orthodox church and think, “Wow! They really like Mary.” And we do really like Mary, but what a visitor first sees is not necessarily why we like Mary. When entering an Orthodox Church, it is common to see a large image of Mary above the altar. However,… Read more »
Those in the early church did not wait until inspired writings had come about to act on the teachings of Christ. They followed the tradition that was given to them. When writings did come about they did not forsake the tradition, but considered scripture and tradition to be on equal ground, complimenting each other, and originating from the Holy Spirit.
By the time of Christ, the Septuagint was the translation used throughout the Mediterranean. Jesus and the Apostles were very familiar with the Septuagint because of the 350 (approx) quotes of the Old Testament contained in the New Testament, 300 are from the Septuagint.
Orthodox Christians from the beginnings of the early church until this day ask for not only the intercessions of Mary, but of all the saints. We pray directly to God and we ask for the intercession of His mother and all the saints, fulfilling Matthew 18:20, and knowing that He is in our midst.
The early church understood Mary to represent the new Ark of the Covenant. Like the Ark, Mary is a created thing that was capable of containing our uncontainable God. The New Testament scriptures about Mary mirror the Old Testament scriptures about the Ark of the Covenant. This is no coincidence.