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     Our synod maintains the ancient Orthodox Christian Faith, and is not in communion with the State Church of Greece or any of the other jurisdictions of "World Orthodoxy" which have given themselves over to the heresies of Ecumenism and Sergianism. We follow the traditional Church Calendar, rather than the Gregorian Calendar, and for that reason are commonly called Old Calendarists.

     There are a number of "Old Calendarist" groups in existence today, many of which have no connection -- historical or otherwise -- to the True Orthodox Church of Greece. To distinguish us from these other groups we are usually referred to as "Matthewites", after Blessed Archbishop Matthaios (d. 1950), who firmly established our opposition to the new heresies of the 20th century. This is label is technically inaccurate, since we are not "Matthewites" but simply Christians. But just as we accepted first the label of "Orthodox" to distinguish us from the heterodox of old, and later accepted the label of "True Orthodox" to distinguish us from the new heterodox who still call themselves "Eastern Orthodox," so too we do not object to being called "Matthewites", which marks us out as those who attempt to preserve the spiritual heritage of the blessed archbishop.

     The True Orthodox Church of Greece is in full communion with the True Orthodox Church of Cyprus, and the two sister churches continue to seek out other True Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that preserve the true confession of our Faith. At present we are in negotiations with several other local churches. Dialogue with the True Orthodox Church of Romania under Bishop Cozma has been progressing well, and it is expected that we will soon enter into full communion.

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