The Armenian Apostolic Church
The Armenian Apostolic Church is the living body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Founded in the first century by two of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, Saints Thaddeus and Bartholomew, we are one of the five ancient Eastern Oriental Orthodox churches.
On 301 CE, Armenia became the first nation in the world to declare Christianity as state religion through the enlighting work of our patron saint, St. Gregory the Illuminator, and the decree of King Trdat III.
For 1,700 years the Armenian Apostolic Church followed Our Lord Jesus Christ, His teachings, the teachings of His Holy Apostles, Our sacred Church traditions, and the teachings of our graceful Saints and Church fathers.
The Nicene Creed is the core of our faith
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible.
And we believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of God the Father, only-begotten, that is of the substance of the Father. God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten and not made; himself of the same nature of the Father by whom all things came into being in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.
Who for us, mankind, and for our salvation came down from heaven, was incarnate, became man, was born perfectly of the holy virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. By whom he took body, soul and mind and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance. He suffered and was crucified and was buried, and on the third day he rose again; and ascended into heaven with the same body and sat at the right hand of the Father. He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom has no end.
We also believe in the Holy Spirit, the uncreated and the perfect, who spoke through the Law and the Proph- ets and the Gospels; who descended on the river Jordan, preached through the apostles and dwelled in the saints.
We also believe in only one, universal, and apostolic holy Church; in one baptism; in repentance and in the remission and forgiveness of sins; we believe in the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgment of souls and bodies, in the kingdom of heaven and in life eternal.