Orthodox Church of Pavlov

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Pavlovian Orthodox Church
Павлівска Православна Церква
Unam, Sanctam, Catholicam et Apostolicam Ecclesiam
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Classification Pavlovian Orthodox
Orientation Pavlovian Orthodox
Scripture Septuagint, New Testament, Quran (Final Testament)
Theology Pavlovian Orthodox
Active September 2014
Holy See Aleksandropol-city-coa.png Aleksandropol — New Rome
Territory World (de jure)
Pavlov (de facto)
Leadership
Kaîsaropappas HIM the Faithful Pavlovian Emperor
HIM Emperor Alexander IV & VI
Primate Œcumenical Patriarchate
HAH Œcumenical Patriarch Filaret III
Important places
Pro-Cathedral of the Theotokos and St Simeon of Muscovy
General data
Languages Pavlovian
Churches 1

The Orthodox Church of Pavlov (Pavlovian: Павлівска Православна Церква), officially called the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church (Latin: Unam, Sanctam, Catholicam et Apostolicam Ecclesiam) is a self-declared autocephalous Christian church incorporating various elements of Islam which exercises jurisdiction over all Christians in the Empire of Pavlov. The church was founded by His Eminence Cyril I, then-Metropolitan of Kolchaksaray and all Pavlov and Alexander IV. Most Pavlovians claim that the church is the sole legitimate incarnation of the universal Christian Church.

The church is currently not recognised by or in communion with any of the mainline canonical (or not) Christian Orthodox Churches. By certain critics of the Church, it has been referred to as a branch of Islam or in particular a sect of Alevism.

History

The Orthodox Church of Pavlov was founded in 2014 by inaugural Metropolitan Cyril I (Alexandrovych) and the Emperor Alexander IV as the state church of the Empire. Several months after the creation of the Church, a unia between the Pavlovian Church and the Roman Catholic Church was declared. This unia lasted from the end of 2014 to February 2017, when the Kolchaksaray Creed — the theological foundation of the later creeds — was promulgated and Rilgar Ompastre was appointed as Metropolitan. Rilgar soon abdicated his See and the position of Metropolitan was henceforth sede vacante, with the Monarch taking a more active role in establishing Church doctrine in lieu of a Metropolitan. Eventually the Niceno-Constantinopolo-Aleksandropolitan Creed was promulgated as a more up-to-date expression of Church teaching and a new Metropolitan was appointed. Under the new Metropolitan Filaret (Tsakarin) caesaropapism was formally established as a fundamental doctrine and point of ecclesiology within the Pavlovian Orthodox Church.

After the re-founding of Pavlov in June 2020 Georg Oprea was appointed as Metropolitan, taking the name Cyril VII; beyond conducting the first marriage of the Pavlovian Church the new Metropolitan’s tenure was inactive, and the first in a string of unsuccessful Metropolitans appointed during 2020 and early 2021. Finally in October 2021, the hieromonk Aithan Robertovych Boyarskyj was elected to the See of Aleksandropol, with the Emperor raising the See to the status of a Patriarchate. Alongside the Emperor the new Patriarch presided over the Second Synod of Harlemum, a three-week œcumenical council of the Pavlovian Orthodox Church to define and clarify matters of doctrine. The conclusions of the council were ratified and promulgated as the Apostolic Constitution of Harlemum, a comprehensive document containing the canons, doctrines, and liturgy of the Church.

After the highly successful Second Synod of Harlemum, the Œcumenical patriarch abdicated the See due to personal health related reasons, the Synod then quickly promulgated to recall Metropolitan Emeritus Filaret from his retirement.

Beliefs

The Pavlovian Orthodox Church is a trinitarian Nicene Christian church which is known for its distinctive acceptance of the Quran as the “Final Testament” of Christian revelation.

The followers of the Pavlovian Orthodox Church acknowledge they are from the People of Israel, by stating that the last four holy books (Final Testament, Gospel, Torah and Psalms) have the same degree of importance in guiding people to the Divine Truth. This confession is pronounced in the Niceno-Harlememum creed.

Final Testament Gospel Torah Psalms
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Creed

The official creed (Latin: Credo) of the Orthodox Church of Pavlov is the Niceno-Harlemum Credo. The Niceno-Harlemum Credo is based on the Nicene Creed issued under the Emperor Constantine I and Bishop Hosius of Corduba - and parts of the Quran (Final Testament). The Niceno-Harlemum Credo reads as follows:

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, there is no God but God, the maker of the Seven Heavens and Earth, of things visible and invisible, the Only God. And in one Messiah Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by which no one comes to the Father except through him, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, born before Creation, by whom the Earth, the Seven Heavens and Seven Earths and all between were made; Who for mankind, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary, and was made man. He suffered, and the third day he rose again, ascended into heaven; From thence he shall come again with Glory and with the Madhi to judge the quick and the dead, of whose Kingdom shall have no end and who shall be hosted by the Emperor. And in the Holy Ghost, the Archangel Gabriel, who was sent and came according to the promise, so that he might support, teach and sanctify the believers. Who together as One God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, are to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the prophets Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, and that what was given to Moses and Muhammad, of their Lord. And we believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Historical

During the history of the Orthodox Church of Pavlov, numerous creeds have been used, albeit now all are considered null and void by directive of the Holy Synod.

Sirmian-Harlemum

The Sirmian-Harlemum Credo is based on the Second Sirmian Creed - issued under the Emperor Constantius II during the Third Council of Sirmium - and parts of the Quran (Final Testament). The Sirmian-Harlemum Credo reads as follows:

O Children of Noah! Say: We believe in one Lord thy God, the Father, the Beneficent, the Merciful, and We believe in his Son: Jesus the Christ, son of the immaculate Virgin Mary; Our Messiah, born before Creation. The Lord is one and has no peers, nor should they be preached, there can be no ambiguity about this. The Son is created from the Father, true Light from true Light, as the Lamb slain from the beginning of the world; who died for Us and Our Salvation and governs through the Emperor, His Helpmeet, sanctifying the people through His Holy Church. We believe the Holy Spirit, the Archangel Gabriel, was sent and came according to the promise, so that he might support, teach and sanctify the believers. And We believe in the Prophet Muhammad, Seal of the Prophets, the last Messenger sent by Our Lord to us, lest we forget the laws of Our Lord God. We believe in God and that which is revealed unto Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob and the tribes, and that which was entrusted to Moses, Jesus and Muhammad and the other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and unto him we surrender.

Niceno-Constantinopolo-Vyshorod creed

The Niceno-Constantinopolo-Vyshorod creed was accepted in a session of the Holy Synod in early 2018.

There is no God but God, the Father Almighty, the maker of the Seven Heavens and Earth, of things visible and invisible, the Only God. The Lord Jesus Christ, His only Son, begotten not made, to the Father, by whom the Earth, the Seven Heavens and all between were made; Who for mankind, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; Who was crucified for mankind under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the Third Day he rose again and ascended above the Seven Heavens, and sat on the right hand of the Father; Who thence shall come again with glory together with the Mehdi and mercy judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end, and who shall be hosted by the Tsar. And mankind shall believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, the Almighty Father, and the Begotten Son, who together as One God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, are to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the prophets Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, and that what was given to Moses and Muhammad, of their Lord. And we believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Niceno-Constantinopolo-Aleksandropolitan

The Niceno-Constantinopolo-Aleksandropolitan creed was accepted in a session of the Holy Synod in mid-November 2016.

We believe in a single God, the Father Almighty, maker of the heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible, and believe that there is no God but God, And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father. Begotten not made, to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for our salvation came down from heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and was made mad. And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried, and rose again on the third day. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end, and who shall be hosted by the Emperor. And we believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father through the Son, who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the prophets Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, and that what was given to Moses and Muhammad, of their Lord. And we believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

View on circumcision

Differently from the majority of Christian denominations, the Orthodox Church of Pavlov considers (male) circumcision as a requirement of being in full communion with the See in Aleksandropol. It is based on Luke 2:21-24

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

and on Genesis 17:14

Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."

Views on Sabbath/Lord's day

Unlike other Christian denominations, the Orthodox Church of Pavlov, celebrates weekly mass and a rest-day on Saturday. The term the "Lord's day" appears only a single time in Revelation 1:10

I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

and the See in Kolchaksaray hold that since Jesus said he was "Lord of the Sabbath" (Matthew 12:8) and that Isaiah called the Sabbath the "Lord's Holy Day"(Isaiah 58:13-58:14) then the Lord's Day is the Seventh-day Sabbath (i.e. Saturday).

Matthew 12:8

For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.

Isaiah 58:13-58:14

If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The day of judgement

According to the Church, the Day of Judgment is believed to be God's final assessment of humanity. The sequence of events is the annihilation of all creatures, return of the Mehdi and Christ to earth, resurrection of the body, and the judgment of all sentient creatures. It is a time where everyone would be shown his or her deeds and actions with justice.

There are a number of major and minor signs of the end of days. There is debate over whether they could occur concurrently or must be at different points in time, although scholars typically divide them into three major periods.

Also Ibn Umar reported: The Apostle of Christ the God turned to us and said, “O emigrants, there are five things with which you will be tested, and I seek refuge with God lest you live to see them:

  1. Sexual immorality appears among people to such an extent that they commit it openly except that they will be afflicted by plagues and diseases unknown to their forefathers;
  2. They cheat in weights and measures (business, trades, etc.) and that they will be stricken with famine, calamity, and the oppression of rulers;
  3. They withhold charity from their wealth and that rain will be withheld from the sky, and were it not for the animals there would be no rain at all;
  4. They break their covenant with God and God will enable their enemies to overpower them and take some of what is in their hands;
  5. And unless their leaders rule according to the Books of God and seek every good from that which God has revealed, God will cause them to fight one another.”[1]

Marriage

The Orthodox Church of Pavlov views Holy Matrimony as a state instituted and ordained by God for the relationship between one man and one woman as husband and wife. It is considered the most intimate of human relationships, a gift from God, and a sacred institution. It also teaches that sex is reserved for marriage. It calls sex with the wife of another, or sex with someone else other than the husband, the sin of adultery (fornication).

The Orthodox Church of Pavlov recognises two types of marriage, the traditional marriage, which is based on all four books of the recognised holy scripture and the Nikah al-Mutah, which is based on the Final testament 4:24, after listing those woman to whom marriage is forbidden, it states the following:

Lawful for you is what is beyond all that, that you may seek, using your wealth, in wedlock and not in license. So those of them whom you enjoy, give them their appointed wages; it is no fault in you in agreeing together, after the due apportionate. God the LORD is All-Knowing, All-Wise

The following marriages are prohibited:

  • Marriage between people of the same sex
  • Marriage between a man and his sister, half-sister, foster sister, mother, stepmother, foster mother, wife's mother, aunt, grandmother, great aunt, great-grandmother, etc.
  • Marriage between a woman and her father, stepfather (unless his marriage to her mother was not consummated), husband's biological father, uncle, grandfather, great uncle, great-grandfather, etc.
  • Marrriage of a man with women who are sisters or stepsisters or foster sisters of each other (except if marrying one who was separated from her husband by divorce or death)
  • Marriage between someone in communion with the See in Aleksandropol and a person upholding a non-abrahamic religion (i.e. not belonging to the People of the Book)

It is necessary for both partners to give consent to the marriage. In the marriage contract, the Groom agrees to a specified dowry which has to be paid in full after consumation of the marriage.

Depiction of animate beings

The Church holds the depiction of animated beings is permissible if the art was not meant to be worshipped, and the creator did not intend to rival God (or intended any heresy) in the creation.

Dietary laws

Animal slaughter

Shehitah is the prescribed method of ritual animal slaughter for all Kosher animals only excluding fish and most sea-life. The animal must be slaughtered while mentioning the name of God. The animal slaughtered must be killed quickly with a sharpened blade. It must not suffer. It must not see the blade. It must not see or smell the blood from a previous slaughter.

Animals for food may not be killed by being boiled or electrocuted, and the carcass should be hung upside down for long enough to be free of blood.

Genesis 9:4

But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Leviticus 17:10

And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

Final Testament 5:3

Forbidden to you are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which has been invoked the name of other than the LORD; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); forbidden also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, the LORD your God is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

Fourteen Apostles

Clergy

Most Holy Synod

The Most Holy Governing Synod (Pavlovian: Святѣйшій Правительствующій Сѵнодъ) is the highest governing body of the Church. The jurisdiction of the Most Holy Synod extends over every kind of ecclesiastical question and over some partly secular matters. Alexander IV established the Synod on October 25, 2021 in the course of his church reform. The synod is composed partly of ecclesiastical persons and partly of laymen appointed by the Emperor.

Members:

References

  1. Sunan Ibn Maajah 4019